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Mar. 31, 2010 8:56 am

Startup Roundup: It’s a great time for startups in Philly (even if you’ve been at it for 30 years)

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

Philadelphia Business Journal‘s Tech biz reporter Peter Key has asked several Philadelphia tech experts if it’s a good time to launch a startup in Philly. Valerie Gaydos of Private Investors Forum, Ravi Ganesan of Core Solutions Inc., Stephen M. Goodman of Morgan Lewis & Bockius and David Bookspan of DreamIT Ventures were unequivocally supportive.

Though it’ll be a challenge in the recession, if you can prove yourself now, you can prove yourself always. As Bookspan puts it: “Resources are cheap, talent is available, and a lot of funding is poised to start coming off the sidelines and back onto the field.”

And uhm, it’s still a good time, even if you began your startup 30 years ago. Lesson: Keep your head up. For a damn long time.

MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME

More than 65 startups attended New Jersey Technology Council‘s 2010 Venture Conference last week and a handful walked away with awards (and surely, investor interest). H/t to PhillyTechNews.

GIVE A GLANCE

Start Philly has two enlightening guest posts from local startup contributors Ryan Bukoski and Mel Jones. Bukoski writes that when working in a startup atmosphere, hard work actually will get you somewhere, even if no one seems to be noticing your contribution. Jones has some thoughts about vetting “expert” feedback and guidance on your business. Make sure your sources are credible, not your parents. Have haters. And mostly, go with your gut.

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. Previously, Kirk was Web Editor of PlanPhilly, an independent online news resource covering planning and development issues in Philadelphia, and a freelance writer and designer. He resides in South Philadelphia.

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