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Plus, Beanstack cofounder Felix Lloyd discusses the ebb and flow of supporting Black entrepreneurs.


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A new market editor for Philadelphia

Meet our new editor, Katie Malone, who now oversees’s Pittsburgh, Philly and Delaware markets. Coincidentally, Malone has lived in three out of five of our markets — Pittsburgh, DC and now Philly.

Malone’s professional experience includes national tech publications Engadget, Insider and CIO Dive. She also worked as a technology reporter or contributor at local-focused outlets like MeriTalk, Washington City Paper, GovLoop and 730DC.

➡️ Read more about Malone’s experience as a tech journalist

Meet Diversitech founder Shannon Morales

Diversitech is one of the largest inclusion-focused tech conferences on the East Coast. It was started by Shannon Morales, founder of hiring platform Tribaja.

Morales said she never expected the conference to grow to a national scale so quickly. This year’s conference is expected to draw 1,000 professionals to Center City on May 7-10 to network, learn from each other and build lasting relationships.

➡️ Read more about the backstory behind Diversitech in Zach Brand’s guest post

News Incubator: What else to know today

•Felix Lloyd is the CEO and cofounder of the DC-based edtech startup Beanstack, which created a reading challenge software for schools and libraries. Lloyd discusses the ebb and flow of supporting Black entrepreneurs in this episode of’s “Black in Tech” series. []

• TikTok’s China-based parent company has nine months to sell the app or it will be banned in the United States. But banning TikTok won’t solve issues with data security or teen mental health. []

•  Philly-based founder Bob Moore’s new book “Ecosystem-Led Growth” was featured on a billboard in Times Square. The book reflects on Moore’s 15 years of entrepreneurial experience and how ecosystem partnerships have benefitted him. [LinkedIn/]

• National open source CMS conference Wagtail Space US announced it will be hosting its 2024 conference in Philadelphia in June. [Wagtail]

• Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies joined the Oracle NetSuite Associations and Buying Groups program, which will provide PACT members with preferred pricing for NetSuite software, services and other resources.  [PACT]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Philadelphia tech Entrepreneurs is back hosting its happy hour series. The first meetup will be April 30 at 5:30 p.m. [More Details]

• AI Philly is hosting a AI Help Desk meetup on Monday May 6 at 5:30 p.m. [More Details]

Sarah Huffman is a 2022-2024 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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