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About

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.

Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer

Christopher WinkChristopher Wink ( @christopherwink / Send an email ) Christopher Wink is a Cofounder, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher 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.

Cofounder and Chief Business Development Officer

Brian James KirkBrian James Kirk ( @brianjameskirk / Send an email ) Brian James Kirk is Chief Business Development Officer and a cofounder of Technically Media, the publisher of Technical.ly and Generocity. Kirk handles sales, marketing and product development, forging new partnerships, building brand identity and coordinating events and projects. He produces the Philadelphia bike community event Bikeout and lives in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Events Director

Catherine SontagCatherine Sontag ( @ctag115 / Send an email ) Catherine Sontag is the Events Director and 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.

Senior Events Coordinator

Lauren GilesLauren Giles ( @laurlaurg123 / Send an email ) Lauren Giles is an event enthusiast with two years of program and event coordination under her belt at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from the College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and maintains her Garden State residence to this day. Giles is a dedicated PATCO rider and soccer lover who adores her two cats and dog.

Events Coordinator & Culture Lead

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.

Editor-in-Chief

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.

Lead Reporter, Brooklyn

Tyler WoodsTyler Woods ( @Woods_TylerWL / Send an email ) Tyler Woods is the lead reporter for Technical.ly Brooklyn. He has previously worked in television and as a small town print reporter. He’ll answer if you email him.

Special Projects Reporter

Tony AbrahamTony Abraham ( @TonyAbraham / Send an email ) Tony Abraham is Technically Media's Special Projects Reporter, where he currently edits Technical.ly's Grow PA series. He reports for both Technical.ly and Generocity and was a Philly News Award winner for Community Reporting of the Year in 2016. A proud native of Allentown, Pa., the Temple University alumnus calls Fishtown home.

Market Editor, Baltimore and DC

Stephen BabcockStephen Babcock ( @stephenbabcock / Send an email ) Stephen Babcock is Market Editor for Technical.ly Baltimore and Technical.ly DC. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following stints in New Orleans and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Baltimore Fishbowl, NOLA Defender, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune and the Rio Grande Sun.

Lead Reporter, Philadelphia

Roberto TorresRoberto Torres ( @TorresLuzardo / Send an email ) Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

Lead Reporter, Delaware

Holly QuinnHolly Quinn ( @harlequinn823 / Send an email ) Holly Quinn is Technically Media’s Lead Reporter for Delaware. A Wilmington native and AIHS grad, she attended Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, back when it was located on an old estate in Elkins Park (not to date herself). When she’s not covering tech in DE, she writes reviews of local theater for the paper.

VP of Operations and Finance

Kristy HumesKristy Humes ( @kristykrinks / Send an email ) Kristy Humes is the VP of Finance and Operations for Technically Media. Previously she held positions in Business Management and Operational Development for a variety of creative and technology focused organizations. Kristy is passionate about utilizing her diverse skill set to develop innovative business processes and create efficiency to enhance the experience of its members. When not color coding spreadsheets, Kristy can be found reading, concocting DIY projects and enjoying the many cultural delights Philadelphia has to offer.

Chief Operating Officer

Anthony WojciechowskiAnthony Wojciechowski ( @anthonywoj / Send an email ) Anthony Wojciechowski is Chief Operating Officer. In his role, Anthony leads revenue development and product strategy for the company’s media brands, with oversight of the product and marketing teams. Previously, Anthony served in various leadership roles at Comcast and cofounded the media consultancy POST Digital. Anthony lives in the East Passyunk neighborhood of South Philadelphia with his two basset hound rescues. Anthony’s friends and colleagues know him as “Woj.”

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.

Marketing Manager

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 Product Manager

Cary BetagoleCary Betagole ( @CaryBeta / Send an email ) Cary Betagole is the Senior Product Manager at Technically Media. Originally from Cincinnati, he is interested in how financially sustainable media can help build stronger communities.

Web Developer

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Business Coordinator

Aileen ConnollyAileen Connolly ( @aileenconnolly / Send an email ) Aileen Connolly joined Technically Media as Business Coordinator in September 2016. She has five years of business development experience, and is passionate about forming meaningful partnerships through creative solutions. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, rooting on the Pitt Panthers and continuing her personal quest to find the best garlic knots in Philadelphia.

Contributors

Tajha Chappellet-LanierTajha Chappellet-Lanier ( @TajhaLanier / Send an email ) Tajha Chappellet-Lanier was the lead reporter for Technical.ly DC. The California native previously worked for NPR and the editorial board at USA Today. She can talk travel plans all day, and has strong opinions on the best doughnut in D.C.

Shabria DavisShabria Davis ( @ShabriaLouise / Send an email ) Shabria Davis is an experienced journalist from a small town in New Jersey. When not storytelling or creating content, she is listening to music or catching up on reality TV.

Rana FayezRana Fayez ( @MeetRanaFayez / Send an email ) Rana Fayez was Technical.ly Delaware's lead reporter. She was previously business reporter and digital editor for the Delaware Business Times. In 2015, she won two awards from the Delaware Press Association for her coverage on consumer retail trends and technology news. When not storytelling, she's volunteering or making music.

Michael HallMichael Hall ( @MichaelHallTM / Send an email ) Michael Hall is the artistic geek with a little bit of swag. (Hashtag that!) Hall is the CEO of Digital Grass Innovation & Technology, creating positive content and helping companies embrace inclusive environments for minority, women and LGBTQ people in the technology and entrepreneurship ecosystems. The easiest way to his heart is documentaries and craft beer.

Melissa DiPentoMelissa DiPento ( @mdipento / Send an email ) Melissa DiPento served as Technically Delaware's lead reporter from July 2014 to June 2015. She has previously served as a community reporter with a focus on local issues. An adjunct journalism instructor at Temple University in Philadelphia, she has reported on South Jersey and Delaware, among other area communities.

Lindsay PodrazaLindsay Podraza ( @lruebens / Send an email ) Lindsay Podraza is formerly the lead reporter for Technical.ly Delaware in after writing as a contributor. She is an ex-newspaper reporter turned freelance writer who moved to Wilmington in June 2014. The Charlotte native studied journalism at the University of North Carolina, loves proper grammar and has a weakness for sweet tea.

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

Julia AireyJulia Airey ( @howisthatlegal / Send an email ) Julia Airey previously served as the associate editor of The Diplomacist, and sector editor for Tabula Rasa. She led the investigation team for the 2016 #ForcedToUnite conference. In her free time she likes dogs of the large and fluffy variety.

Joey DavidsonJoey Davidson ( @JoeyDavidson / Send an email ) Joey Davidson is a consumer tech, gaming and science reporter. He's worked in news for nearly 10 years, and was Technical.ly's lead reporter in Delaware.

Jen Glantz ( @jenglantz / Send an email ) Jen Glantz is an author, public speaker and entrepreneur based in New York City. She is the founder of the Bridesmaid for Hire, a business started in 2014 from a viral Craigslist ad. Her new book, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire), will be released February 2017 by Simon and Schuster.

Jason TasheaJason Tashea ( @jtashea / Send an email ) Jason Tashea is a freelance writer focusing on technology's relationship with public policy and law. He is also a legal tech and criminal justice consultant at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

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.

Donte KirbyDonte Kirby ( @kurbskidurb / Send an email ) Donte Kirby is a writer born and raised in Philadelphia. He writes for publications like Jump Philly, That Music Mag and Philly Weekly primarily as a reason to get out of the house.

Chelsea Prevosto ( @ / Send an email ) Chelsea Prevosto is a freelance reporter from York, Pennsylvania. When she's not busy behind the computer, you can hear her on the air reporting for Radio PA all across the Commonwealth. Chelsea earned her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University where she was a staff writer at The Daily Collegian.

Brady DaleBrady Dale ( @bradydale / Send an email ) Brady Dale is a tech reporter, comedian and storyteller. In July 2015 he joined the New York Observer. Brady was Technical.ly Brooklyn's lead reporter from August 2013 till June 2015. A native of Pittsburg, Kansas, he went to Cornell and worked as a progressive community organizer for over a decade before quitting his job to pursue writing.

April JoynerApril Joyner ( @aprjoy / Send an email ) April Joyner is a journalist who covers business, tech and finance. As a freelance writer, she has contributed to OZY, NewYorker.com and FastCompany.com. Joyner's writing has also appeared on Business Insider and USAToday.com.

Anitra JohnsonAnitra Johnson ( @composedmedia / Send an email ) When not advising the uninitiated on how websites work, this former analog girl is flexing on mere mortals, reading online news stories and going to free events. Raised in Wilmington, Anitra Johnson has a master’s degree in New Media Journalism and loves to cover political protests.

Andrew ZaleskiAndrew Zaleski ( @ajzaleski / Send an email ) Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist outside Washington, D.C. He's written for Wired, Backchannel, Popular Science, Fortune, the Washington Post Magazine, the Atlantic and elsewhere.

Amanda SuarezAmanda Suarez ( @AmandaMSuarez / Send an email ) Amanda Suarez is a contributor to Technical.ly. In Fall 2015, she was the Technical.ly Editorial Audience Growth intern. A native of Northeast Philadelphia, she is a member of the University of Pennsylvania class of 2016.

Aaron Jeffers-HowardAaron Jeffers-Howard ( @ / Send an email ) Aaron Jeffers-Howard is a contributor to Technical.ly. A native of West Philadelphia, Aaron has an interest in entrepreneurship, game design and computer engineering. He is a summer 2017 Technical.ly editorial intern.

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