Oct. 2, 2013 9:37 am

Artisan CEO Bob Moul wins Chamber award for Small Biz Person of the Year [Startup Roundup]

Artisan launches two new products, a University City private equity firm invests $50 million in a Washington, D.C.-area security software firm and Metalayer becomes D8A.


Artisan CEO and former Philly Startup Leaders president Bob Moul was named Small Business Person of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Find a full list of winners here.

Artisan also launched two new products: one that lets its brands analyze how people are using their apps and another that allows brands to change their apps to target certain user bases. Find more details in the press release here.

And in case you missed it, Boomi founder Rick Nucci is now Philly Startup Leaders’ president.

Adminovate, a Center City insurance software company, was named one of the best places to work in Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Find the list of the 53 winners here.

The Wharton Journal covered Seratis, the DreamIt Health company from two Wharton MBAs that aims to modernize how doctors communicate with hospital staff.


First Round Capital participated in a $5 million round for Liftopia, a San Francisco-based online ski marketplace, TechCrunch reported.

LLR Partners, a Cira Centre-based private equity firm, invested $50 million in Cigital Secures, a Washington, D.C.-area security software firm, according to a release.

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Data science startup Metalayer has become tech firm D8A. D8A absorbed Metalayer CEO Jon Gosier‘s many projects, including Metalayer itself and Abayima, his Knight Foundation-backed app that aims to fight government censorship in third-world countries. When asked what drove the change, Gosier said: “I wanted the company to be more inclusive of the social good work we do and that didn’t always resonate with VCs.”

Check out this blog post from RJMetrics‘ staffer Ben Garvey on how he and his colleagues built an automatic gong ringer.

Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.



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