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Tech firms in Philly growing fast, former Philly startup Sqoot in hot water over sexist remarks on hackathon flyer [Startup Roundup]

Technically Philly’s Startup Roundup parses 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 a weekly email newsletter by clicking here and selecting the Startup Roundup button or follow […]

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Technically Philly’s Startup Roundup parses 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 a weekly email newsletter by clicking here and selecting the Startup Roundup button or follow Startup Roundup’s RSS feed. If you’ve got news to share, get in touch.

MUST READS

The Business Journal’s Peter Key penned a print piece in-depth on tech companies that are hiring at an accelerated pace in 2012. On his blog, he writes about some of the factors behind the report and some of the great stuff that didn’t fit in the print edition.

Sqoot, the DreamIt Ventures-based startup that moved to New York after graduating from the program, has been in some hot water for sexist remarks it made on an event flyer promoting a hackathon. ReadWriteWeb has a good roundup of the situation, noting that even the company’s apology fell short, leaving one person to begin collecting negative response to the apology letter. Ouch. CloudMine, the locally-based development toolset pulled sponsorship of the event and penned a thoughtful response to the situation.

GIVE A GLANCE

GHacks.net notes DuckDuckGo‘s significant increase in web traffic in the first quarter of 2012, as the company is unofficially endorsed by the famous hacker group Anonymous. Founder Gabe Weinberg also recently documented DuckDuck Go’s annual open source donations.

Venmo, the mobile payment startup which got its start in Philadelphia, moved to New York and has been quiet as of late, recently is making noise to drum up interest in a public launch. The company has brought on 20 employees and is processing $250 million in annual payments, the company says.

Great story about vacation rental booking startup PackLate from the Inquirer featuring the company’s weekly boxing policy for team building.

MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME

Lokalty, the mobile rewards up for local businesses was featured last week on 6ABC.

LifeHacker features RezScore as a tool to help you fix up that dusty resume.

ProgrammableWeb writes about CloudMine’s services.

Flying Kite covers ApprenNet, which we covered in in July of last year.

Monetate CMO Rob Yeogel talks content marketing.

Cipher Prime is two weeks into its fundraising campaign for Auditorium 2, and so far has raised $32,176. We featured the company last week.

Philly Tech News features new Q&A site Quewey‘s private beta.

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, or sign-up for its email newsletter.

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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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