About - Technical.ly Philly


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.

Our Staff

Technical.ly  is made of a committed group of young urbanists in the Northeast Corridor. Photos by Philadelphia photographer Colin M. Lenton.

Lead Reporter, Philadelphia

Juliana ReyesJuliana Reyes ( @juliana_f_reyes / Send an email ) Juliana Reyes has been covering the Philadelphia tech scene since 2012. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

Business Manager, Philadelphia/Delaware

Peter EricksonPeter Erickson ( @peteherickson / Send an email ) Peter Erickson is Technical.ly's Business Development Manager. He's an artist and curator, and is currently designing a 3D video game. He grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, and currently lives in the Passyunk neighborhood in South Philly.

Cofounder and Business Director

Brian James KirkBrian James Kirk ( @brianjameskirk / Send an email ) Brian James Kirk 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.

Cofounder and Editorial Director

Christopher WinkChristopher Wink ( @christopherwink / Send an email ) 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. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

Events Director

Molly RoseMolly Rose ( @Technical_ly / Send an email ) Molly Rose is the Events Director of Technically Media, overseeing the company's events strategy. Previously, she was the Northeast Events and Marketing Manager for ALM, a legal publication and events company. Before that, the Virginia native had been the events manager for a restaurant and catering company.

Events Manager

Catherine SontagCatherine Sontag ( @ctag115 / Send an email ) Catherine Sontag has been overseeing and executing events in all of Technical.ly's markets since 2014. She's a (youthful) cat lady and a hydration enthusiast. Ask her about her solo trip to Paris.

Events Coordinator

Alexandria LeggettAlexandria Leggett ( @asgoodastheyget / Send an email ) Alexandria Leggett started with Technical.ly as an Events Intern before being hired on full-time as Events Coordinator. While pursuing a broadcasting career she quickly realized that her hosting ability wasn't limited to one field. Previously, she worked as a wedding coordinator and designer. The Philadelphia native hosts dinner parties and develops recipes when she's not in the office (ask about her salted caramel apple pie). A planner since adolescence, she can recall event details from as far back as her 7th birthday party.

Product Manager

Cary BetagoleCary Betagole ( @CaryBeta / Send an email ) Cary Betagole is the Product Manager at Technically Media. He studied journalism at Boston University and has previously worked at Nextdoor and SEER Interactive, in addition to experience with a few (failed) startups of his own. Originally from Cincinnati, he is interested in how financially sustainable media can help build stronger communities.


Zack SewardZack Seward ( @zackseward / Send an email ) Zack Seward is Editor-in-Chief of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Seward was the Innovations Reporter at WHYY and NewsWorks.org in Philadelphia. Before that, he worked at WXXI in Rochester, N.Y., as a reporter and editor for a statewide public radio reporting project. Seward is an alumnus of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He's originally from San Francisco and went to college in Chicago.

Client Success Manager

Alisha MirandaAlisha 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.

Jeanette LloydJeanette Lloyd ( @jah_netti / Send an email ) Jeanette Lloyd is Technically Media's Marketing Manager. She focuses on events marketing, audience development and product marketing. Lloyd thrives on making connections that spark. She draws experience from the corporate (Red Bull NA) and nonprofit (Media In Neighborhoods Group) worlds, and has always been involved with innovative, creative endeavors in events, music, performance, cinema and the arts.

Senior Business Manager

Vincent BetterVincent Better ( @vbetter / Send an email ) Vincent Better is Senior Business Manager for Technically Media. Previous to joining the team, he served as an independent consultant and the VP of Digital Solutions at Pennlive.com, one of the leading digital properties in the state of PA. His strategy experience transcends both national brands and small, local businesses. The native of Baltimore and Temple alum also enjoys cycling and live music.

Culture Coordinator

Justin MaloneJustin Malone ( @justinmalone92 / Send an email ) Justin Malone is a native of Memphis, Tenn., and Culture Coordinator at Technical.ly. He's a 2015 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He studied economics with a concentration in Management in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Malone is interested in entrepreneurship, startup culture and technology.


Samuel DennisSamuel Dennis ( @Samuel_M_Dennis / Send an email ) A student at Science Leadership Academy, Samuel Dennis is working with Technical.ly for his individualized Learning Plan. Living in the Overbrook section of West Philly, Dennis enjoys MMORPGs, Japanese culture, making his own music, and technology.

Naveed Ahsan ( @Naverick92 / Send an email ) Naveed Ahsan is a freelance journalist and a recent Temple University journalism graduate. His writing has appeared in the Daily News, the Philadelphia City Paper, the Notebook and Jump Philly. He primarily writes about tech, music and political activism.

Mike BederkaMike Bederka ( @mbederka / Send an email ) Mike Bederka is a versatile editor and writer, contributing articles, marketing materials and proofing and copywriting services for numerous publications and companies.

Lian ParsonsLian Parsons ( @Lian_Parsons / Send an email ) Lian Parsons is a journalism student at Temple University and the assistant news editor at The Temple News. The Boston native is a cat, poetry and Beyonce enthusiast.

Julie LenardJulie Lenard ( @thestoryologist / Send an email ) Julie is a writing consultant, communications manager and founder at The Storyologist. She has also been an educator for over ten years. She loves throwing dinner parties, making up funny voices for her cats, hiking, and attending Story Slams.

Jason ShermanJason Sherman ( @shermanbiz / Send an email ) Jason Sherman is a serial entrepreneur who writes about tech startups for Technical.ly Philly and the Examiner, where he has contributed since March 2012. The cofounder of B2B video platform See2B, he's a drone pilot and official videographer for various tech meetups, as well as frequent tech community mentor. Sherman majored in computer science at Delaware Valley University during the dot-com boom. He loves all things tech, art, music, film, food and his Shih Tzu, Wolfgang.

Cindy Falteich ( @ababestake / Send an email ) Cindy Falteich is a content creator, novelist, ghostwriter, screenwriter, blogger, speaker, optimist and overall helpful person. She was once a stand-up comic, horse trainer and small business owner but now writes full-time in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Carolyn WymanCarolyn Wyman ( @carolynwyman / Send an email ) Carolyn Wyman is a Philly-based food writer who has written extensively about supermarket products — as co-writer of the nationally syndicated newspaper column "Supermarket Sampler" and the author of Better Than Homemade: Amazing Foods That Changed the Way We Eat. She also writes the Philly Food Finds column at Philly.com.

Ashley Paintsil ( @misspaintsil / Send an email ) Ashley Paintsil is a freelance reporter and content strategist for emerging fashion companies. She's interested in the increasingly vibrant intersection of fashion and technology. Paintsil graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising, Journalism and Entrepreneurship.

Aidan McConnellAidan McConnell ( @AidanMcConnell / Send an email ) Aidan McConnell is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania with a background in communications, public policy and network science software. A newly evangelized technologist, he's always searching for better ways to pair tech infrastructure with government decision-making. His biggest life goal is to found a university — he's still working out the details, of course.

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