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Oct. 12, 2015 10:00 am

Technically Media’s new headquarters will be at the Curtis Center in Old City

The Technical.ly newsroom will be on the 12th floor of 601 Walnut Street by the end of November.

We are moving Technical.ly's headquarters to the Curtis Center at 601 Walnut St.

(Courtesy photo)

Correction: Technical.ly cofounder Sean Blanda formerly lived in the Harrowgate section of Philadelphia, not Hartranft, as was previously reported. We deeply regret the error. (10/13/15, 3:09 p.m.)
For the third time in our short history, we at Technical.ly are moving.

In 2009, three young reporters were blogging from home — rotating weekly editorial meetings between a Harrowgate warehouse, a Frankford apartment and a Fairmount rowhome. In early 2011, we moved to our first small private office at Temple University’s Center City Campus. Then in September 2012, we became one of the original tenants of First Round Capital’s new headquarters in University City.

Now, after announcing that we’ll begin publishing a second brand in addition to Technical.ly, today we’re proud to say we will establish a new headquarters for Technically Media at the Curtis Center, the historic office building that bridges Old City and Washington Square. We won’t be so far from the N3rd Street community that our Philadelphia team reports on and will still be a short subway ride from 30th Street Station, which keeps us connected to the other East Coast communities we serve.

Now nearly 15 full-time employees, by the end of November, we’ll share the 12th floor with and be an anchor tenant of the second location of Benjamin’s Desk, the coworking community that is establishing its second location there.

It’s a chance for us to have private office space for our growing team in a historic spot — the building is named for the iconic Curtis Publishing Company that once published the Saturday Evening Post, among others — while also benefiting from the resources, amenities and growing network of Benjamin’s Desk, which has expanded considerably since its 2012 founding.

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Expect an invite to an opening party later this year. For now, we can’t thank enough the First Round Capital team, including founder (and our de facto landlord) Josh Kopelman and fellow (sometimes) Philly-based partners Chris Fralic and Howard Morgan — but also their too often unsung team, including CFO Jeff Donnon, Ashley Bauer, Ryan Donnon, Whitney Zavilla, Corinne Weidner, Costina Bocuta and Steve Hilk.

They were exceptional office mates, even when we continued to report on their work with the distance that is required of a journalistic enterprise, like whether their student-led Dorm Room Fund actually had any influence on college-founded companies staying in Philadelphia and the slow pivot of their management of StartUp PHL, a city-backed investment fund that hasn’t appeared to find deal flow to meet its standards.

We did interesting work there — from our #hack4access hackathon to our first-ever live podcast recording — and went from four people reporting on local tech in one city to more than a dozen publishing in five with a second brand coming online soon.

Now that we’ve outgrown the offices — like our once office mates Curalate did before us — others will be taking up the space, making 4040 Locust Street look like something of an unexpected and informal incubation program of its own. More on that later. For now, thanks as always for following.

Find the official press release about our move here.

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Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a cofounder and Editorial Director of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. In that capacity, he is a co-organizer of Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week, Delaware Innovation Week and other events that bring smart people together. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here and curates a personal monthly newsletter of ideas and links here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

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