Mar. 17, 2010 1:59 pm

Startup Roundup: ‘X’ is the only city in which to start a Web company

Introducing Technically Philly’s Startup Roundup. Here, we’ll parse out the small pieces that make our greater Startup ecosystem thrive. We want to keep you in touch with the innovations that we can’t quite get to covering, but that deserve highlight. Follow along with the Startup Roundup’s dedicated RSS feed. If you’ve got news to share, […]

Introducing Technically Philly’s Startup Roundup. Here, we’ll parse out the small pieces that make our greater Startup ecosystem thrive. We want to keep you in touch with the innovations that we can’t quite get to covering, but that deserve highlight. Follow along with the Startup Roundup’s dedicated RSS feed. If you’ve got news to share, get in touch.

DEFINITE READS

Coverage of city technology scenes continues to dominate startup and entrepreneurial conversations across the country, leading to an important question: Is “X” City’s scene better than others?

You know well that we cheer on the Philly technology community, for good reason. But given a handful of articles that we’ve come across recently and featured in this roundup we can’t help but raise a question that we’ve asked before: Does it matter whether or not we receive national recognition for our startup scene?

American Express’s OPEN forum for small businesses, just, well, completes us. The site asks that very question: For Web entrepreneurs, does location matter?

MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME

To play devil’s advocate on the importance of regional recognition, Josh Kopelman tells Fast Company why startups should move to Philly. We’ve got an “unbelievable” sense of community, Ben Franklin Technology Partners and other investors and incubators, and lots and lots of universities. Truer words have not been spoken. Philebrity notes, though, that Koppelman isn’t hard enough on the city for its unfavorable business and wage taxes.

And according to a great piece from BusinessInsider’s Mark Peter Davis, folks love their own startup scenes. Duh. Boston and New York have more mentors than the Valley but less engineering talent, and investors are moving in on Boston and New York to keep up with the emerging entrepreneurial communities there. Splice what you like and factor in Philly.

Oh yeah, Baltimore’s got a scene too, and a great recent success story to boot. [h/t PhillyTechNews]

GIVE A GLANCE

Of course, instead of reading about it, you could be out there doing it. In the interest of sarcasm, we’re putting these two items last. Natch.

BusinessInsider asks how much you should raise for your startup. And VentureBeat tapes a discussion with angel investor Ron Conway, early stage investor in Google, Ask Jeeves and Pay Pal. We really liked Ask Jeeves. Those other two? Trying to remember ‘em.

Startup Roundup will post weekly on Wednesdays until there’s not a Philly startup story left to link to on the Internet. See others here.

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Brian James Kirk

Brian James Kirk is a cofounder of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Kirk handles business development, marketing and product development, forging new partnerships, building brand identity and coordinating events and projects. He's an avid biker and lives in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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  • http://www.blakejennelle.com Blake Jennelle

    It’s important that entrepreneurs in Philly believe they can succeed here, especially when things get hard. The reinforcement from outside helps in the dark hours. And the rest of the time, it just feels good.

    The reality is that startups absolutely can and are succeeding here. For some startups, they are actually more likely to succeed here than elsewhere.

    It’s nice that those of us in Philly are no longer the only ones who see this. That almost never happened before 2009.

    I understand that it can be fun to stir the pot and look a gift horse in the mouth with this national coverage. But it’s a little silly.