Technical.ly grows local technology communities by connecting organizations and people through news, events and services. We provide original editorial, expert programming and tools which improve recruitment, marketing, community cultivation and economic development. We serve technologists, entrepreneurs and people who care about technology’s local impact.
Technical.ly is made of a committed group of young urbanists in the Northeast Corridor. Photos by Philadelphia photographer Colin M. Lenton.
Brian James Kirk ( @brianjameskirk / Send an email ) is Business Director and 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.
Christopher Wink ( @christopherwink / Send an email ) is a cofounder and Editorial Director of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. 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 . The bicycle commuter lives in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Kate Leshko ( @kateleshko / Send an email ) is Technical.ly’s Events Director. Previously, Leshko was Director of Conferences & Events for North American Publishing Company. Leshko’s event production experience lives across industries, including publishing, content marketing, fundraising, online retail and promotional products. She is a Temple University alumni and currently calls Fishtown, Philadelphia home.
Editor in Chief
Zack Seward ( @zackseward / Send an email ) is Editor in Chief of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Seward was an innovations reporter at WHYY 90.9 FM and NewsWorks.org in Philadelphia and worked at WXXI in Rochester, N.Y., as a reporter and editor for a statewide public radio reporting project. He worked at the PBS NewsHour in Washington, D.C., before attending Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He’s originally from San Francisco and went to college at the University of Chicago. He lives in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia with his wife and two children.
Juliana Reyes ( @juliana_f_reyes / Send an email ) is a reporter at Technical.ly Philly. Previously, she wrote a column for the Philadelphia Daily News that tried to fix people’s city service problems, 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.
Business Manager: Philadelphia and Delaware
Peter Erickson (@peteherickson / Send an email ) Peter Erickson is Technical.ly’s Business Manager for Philadelphia and Delaware. He’s an artist and curator, who regularly participates in art events around Philadelphia. He previously worked in the large format printing industry, and curated an exhibition of printed materials that were appropriated from the internet.
Cary Betagole (@carybeta / Send an email ) Cary is responsible for strengthening relationships with readers, event attendees, and sponsors. A graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication, he has previously worked at Nextdoor and SEER Interactive, in addition to experience with a few (failed) start-ups of his own. Originally from Cincinnati, Cary is very interested in exploring how financially sustainable journalism can help build stronger communities.
Catherine Sontag ( @CTag115 / Send an email ) is Technical.ly’s Events Coordinator. Previously, She previously worked in Programs & Events at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Sontag is a Saint Joseph’s University alumni and is also a certified Wedding Planner from Temple University.
Client Success Manager
Alisha Miranda ( @makeshiftalisha / Send an email ) Alisha Miranda is the Client Success Manager at Technical.ly where she collaborates with Editorial, Events, and Business Development departments helping sponsors maximize their experience. Prior to joining Technical.ly, Miranda spent nearly a decade as a digital content strategist in New York helping CEOs, small business owners, and media brands develop their PR, marketing and revenue opportunities. She is passionate about producing strong and visionary digital programs alongside businesses who value diversity, culture, and authenticity.
Jim Smiley (@jimRsmiley ) is the contributing web editor of Technical.ly and an applications developer with Chapter 13 Standing Trustee of Philadelphia. A native and resident of the Philadelphia neighborhood, he cofounded with his father FrankfordGazette.com, a hyperlocal blog focused on the changing community. He is a computer science graduate of Drexel University, an avid runner and a freelance application developer.
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Technical.ly was co-founded by Brian James Kirk, Christopher Wink and Sean Blanda, who has since moved on as a day-to-day contributor. Read our story here.