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What 5 tech business leaders will tell City Council during Philly Tech Week

City Council is holding a hearing on the creative class in Philadelphia during Philly Tech Week on Thursday, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Full Disclosure: Philly organizes Philly Tech Week and is helping to coordinate this hearing with Councilman Oh's office. This reporter is not involved in the planning but was given this high-level preview of planned speaker focus.

Leaders of the Philly tech scene will descend on City Council chambers Thursday afternoon, and City Council will be listening.

City Council’s Committee on Global Opportunities and Creative/Innovative Economy, chaired by Councilman David Oh, is holding a hearing on the creative class in Philadelphia during Philly Tech Week this Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You’re welcome to watch the testimony and Council response to it.


Here’s who will be testifying and about what:

  • Ellen Weber, executive director of angel investment group Robin Hood Ventures, on the state of investment and how government policy has affected that
  • Chris Cera, founder of Old City software company Arcweb, on early-stage startups and what they need (or don’t need) in terms of government policy
  • Brigitte Daniel, founder of edIQ and executive vice president of Wilco Systems, on talent readiness and the digital divide
  • Wil Reynolds, founder of Northern Liberties online marketing agency SEER Interactive, on mid-size growing businesses including tax credits and hiring
  • David Atadan, CEO of Wilmington, Del. marketing agency Trellist, on expansion and satellite offices
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