Introducing Technically Philly’s Startup Roundup. Here, we’ll parse out the small pieces that make our greater Startup ecosystem thrive. We want to keep you in touch with the innovations that we can’t quite get to covering, but that deserve highlight. Follow along with the Startup Roundup’s dedicated RSS feed. If you’ve got news to share, get in touch.
Coverage of city technology scenes continues to dominate startup and entrepreneurial conversations across the country, leading to an important question: Is “X” City’s scene better than others?
You know well that we cheer on the Philly technology community, for good reason. But given a handful of articles that we’ve come across recently and featured in this roundup we can’t help but raise a question that we’ve asked before: Does it matter whether or not we receive national recognition for our startup scene?
American Express’s OPEN forum for small businesses, just, well, completes us. The site asks that very question: For Web entrepreneurs, does location matter?
MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME
To play devil’s advocate on the importance of regional recognition, Josh Kopelman tells Fast Company why startups should move to Philly. We’ve got an “unbelievable” sense of community, Ben Franklin Technology Partners and other investors and incubators, and lots and lots of universities. Truer words have not been spoken. Philebrity notes, though, that Koppelman isn’t hard enough on the city for its unfavorable business and wage taxes.
And according to a great piece from BusinessInsider’s Mark Peter Davis, folks love their own startup scenes. Duh. Boston and New York have more mentors than the Valley but less engineering talent, and investors are moving in on Boston and New York to keep up with the emerging entrepreneurial communities there. Splice what you like and factor in Philly.
GIVE A GLANCE
Of course, instead of reading about it, you could be out there doing it. In the interest of sarcasm, we’re putting these two items last. Natch.
BusinessInsider asks how much you should raise for your startup. And VentureBeat tapes a discussion with angel investor Ron Conway, early stage investor in Google, Ask Jeeves and Pay Pal. We really liked Ask Jeeves. Those other two? Trying to remember ’em.