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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.

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

Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer

Photo of Christopher Wink Christopher 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.

Photo of Amihai Miron Amihai Miron ( @ / Send an email ) Amihai Miron is the founder and CEO of User1st, a Washington, D.C.-based provider of advanced solutions for testing, remediation, monitoring and compliance for web accessibility.

Photo of Chris Britton Chris Britton ( @ / Send an email ) Christopher Britton is a founding executive and Chief Operating Officer for RockDove Solutions, developer of In Case of Crisis, the award-winning crisis management platform being used by more than 750 organizations worldwide. Britton oversees revenue, marketing, client success and operations for the business.

Photo of David Dewolf David Dewolf ( @ / Send an email ) David DeWolf is the Founder and CEO of 3Pillar Global, an Inc. 5000 developer of client-facing web and mobile applications, and co-author of “The Product Mindset: The Product Mindset: Succeed in the Digital Economy by Changing the Way Your Organization Thinks.”

Photo of Donte Kirby Donte Kirby ( @ / Send an email ) Donte Kirby is a reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore and a Report for America fellow for 2020-2021. A Philadelphia native and graduate of Temple University, he moved to Baltimore in May 2020 after spending over a year in Rwanda serving as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Photo of Jessical Hall Jessical Hall ( @ / Send an email ) Jessica Hall is VP of Product Strategy and Design at 3Pillar Global, an Inc. 5000 developer of client-facing web and mobile applications, and co-author of “The Product Mindset: The Product Mindset: Succeed in the Digital Economy by Changing the Way Your Organization Thinks."

Photo of Lauren Maffeo Lauren Maffeo ( @ / Send an email ) Lauren Maffeo has reported on and worked within the global technology sector. She started her career as a freelance journalist covering tech trends for The Guardian and The Next Web from London. Today, she works as an associate principal analyst at GetApp (a Gartner company), where she covers the impact of emerging tech like AI and blockchain on small and midsize business owners. She is also a community moderator for OpenSource.com and a member of the ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program.

Photo of Liz Whitehead Liz Whitehead ( @ / Send an email ) Liz Whitehead is the CEO of 12PointFive and the Co-Founder of Diversity Masterminds. She helps diverse businesses leverage their certifications to win new business. In December of 2018, Liz won the WPEO’s WBE Connection award for completing the most Done Deals™ with other certified WBEs and in March of 2019 was awarded outstanding Women’s Business Advocate by WPEO-DC.

Photo of Margaret Roth Margaret Roth ( @ / Send an email ) Margaret Roth is a recovering startup founder, having worked everything from product management to business development to team building. Now as the director of portfolio operations at Squadra Ventures, she's looking to share the stories and experiences that make companies, and Baltimore, great.

Photo of Marty Rodgers Marty Rodgers ( @ / Send an email ) Martin "Marty" Rodgers is the office managing director for the Metro Washington, D.C. Office, as well as the Southeast Managing Director for Health & Public Service. He also serves as the executive director of Accenture's Nonprofit Group and International Public Sector Practice. Marty specializes in business strategy, IT strategy and transformation, change management, program management, business case development, and both business and enterprise architectures.

Photo of Michel Huffaker Michel Huffaker ( @ / Send an email ) Michel Huffaker began her career as a Chinese Cryptologic Language Analyst for the US Air Force before moving on to become an Intelligence Analyst for the US Department of Defense. She has worked on many sides of the industry – from government to end user to vendor. She previously worked with iSight Partners/FireEye, then MGM Resorts International before joining ThreatQuotient as Director of Threat Intelligence. Her experience has provided detailed insight on how adversaries operate and she can offer many best practices for a wide audience.

Photo of Steve Cooper Steve Cooper ( @ / Send an email ) Steve Cooper co-founded Excella in 2002 and has been its Partner since inception. Cooper has over 30 years experience in technology consulting, specializing in application development and database technology.

Photo of Steven Freidkin Steven Freidkin ( @ / Send an email ) Steven Freidkin is the CEO and founder of Ntiva, Inc., a full-service technology firm that provides businesses with advanced technology expertise and support, including managed IT services, strategic consulting, cloud services, cyber-security and telecom solutions.

Managing Editor

Photo of Julie Zeglen Julie Zeglen ( @juliezeglen / Send an email ) Julie Zeglen is the managing editor of Technical.ly and oversees its four markets: Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C. and Delaware. She first joined the Technically Media team as editor of sister site Generocity, which covers social impact in Philadelphia, and previously worked as managing editor of Star Community Newsweekly, a hyperlocal newspaper focused on Philadelphia's River Wards. The Temple alumna calls West Philly home.

Assistant Editor

Photo of Stephen Babcock Stephen Babcock ( @stephenbabcock / Send an email ) Stephen Babcock is the Assistant Editor for Technical.ly. Stephen Babcock began reporting for Technical.ly in Baltimore in 2014. 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.

DC Market Editor

Photo of Michelai Graham Michelai Graham ( @ohmichgee / Send an email ) Michelai Graham is the Market Editor of Technical.ly DC. She has a master's degree in investigative reporting from American University, where she began reporting on cyber and tech news. Originally from Sacramento, Graham covered arts and culture in Lansing, Michigan, while studying at Michigan State University.

Lead Reporter, Philadelphia

Photo of Paige Gross Paige Gross ( @ / Send an email ) Paige Gross joined the Technically Media team as Philly’s lead reporter after spending two years as a breaking news and crime reporter. She’s a graduate of Temple University where she studied journalism and history, and edited the student-run newspaper, The Temple News. Paige loves anything having to do with true crime, cooking or cheesy television shows. She’s currently trying to stop drinking so much coffee, and kind of failing.

Production Manager

Photo of Sam Markowitz Sam Markowitz ( @sammarkowitz / Send an email ) Sam Markowitz is the Production Manager for Technical.ly. Previously, he had several years of experience in video and media, most recently as a production manager for Tweed Video. He is an alum of NYU and the NBC Page Program. When not working, you can find Sam cooking delicious vegan food, making terrible puns, and attending concerts. He owns an appropriate number of cats.

Marketing Manager

Photo of Less Cardinal Less Cardinal ( @ / Send an email ) Less Cardinal is the Marketing Manager for Technical.ly. In the past, Less has worked in digital marketing at BAYADA Home Health Care and multiple recruiting agencies throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. In his professional and personal life, he enjoys creating spaces and content that people can enjoy. There is usually a crowd at his house enjoying food, watching sports and laughing together. He has a huge passion for sports including his local rugby club (Philadelphia Gryphons), Eagles and Sixers.

VP of Philadelphia Initiatives

Photo of Vincent Better Vincent Better ( @vbetter / Send an email ) Vincent Better is the VP of Philadelphia Initiatives 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.

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