What makes these Philly entrepreneurs successful? [Startup Roundup] - Technical.ly Philly

Feb. 1, 2012 9:15 am

What makes these Philly entrepreneurs successful? [Startup Roundup]

Technically Philly’s Startup Roundup parses 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 a weekly email newsletter by clicking here and selecting the Startup Roundup button or follow […]

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Technically Philly’s Startup Roundup parses 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 a weekly email newsletter by clicking here and selecting the Startup Roundup button or follow Startup Roundup’s RSS feed. If you’ve got news to share, get in touch.

MUST READS

Sink or Swim Productions, a group of Temple business school students, has launched a video series showing Philadelphia-area startups tech and not. See one of the episodes below. [h/t CityBizList]

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Gamification startup Hoopla Software intends to hire at least a dozen employees as a result of its recent $2.3 million round of funding led by Safeguard Scientifics, according to Fins Technology.

According to the Business Journal, ChoozOn, which describes itself as a “deal-hunting concierge,” and not a daily deals site, raised a $1.27 million round after a $2.5 million round last summer. The company has workforce in King of Prussia, San Francisco and Jordan.

Wildbit describes the reasons for shutting down its $75,000 per year profitable email marketing service Newsberry. Despite a troubled history as a “stepchild” pet project, as the company puts it, the project was profitable but it wasn’t one the company was proud of.

GIVE A GLANCE

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The 2012 Global Game Jam — a global hackathon event — took place this weekend locally at Indy Hall in Old City and at Camden County College in Jersey, the Business Journal reports.

FlyingKite covers Near-Miss Management, the risk management software suite coming out of Penn that debuted at Philly Tech Meetup last week.

Entrepreneurship will get its 15 minutes when the Kauffman Foundation airs a Super Bowl ad this weekend. The ad will support the foundation’s new Will It Be You campaign.

Ad network provider 50onRed is hiring a PHP programmer for its Cira Center offices, as well as a few other positions.

KeystoneEdge writes about Conshohocken-based vacation rental startup PackLate and its recent growth. The company will double its staff in 2012 and is looking to Center City for a possible move, before the company seeks a Series A round of funding, the publication reports.

PennLive covers Berwyn-based QR Pharma, a 15-employee life sciences startup that is working on a compound that can help Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients. The company recently received a $110,000 round from Ben Franklin Technology Partners.

Online medical research and news dashboard Docphin gets featured by new local healthcare industry news site MedCity News.

MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME

Neat Company will launch its cloud suite to Apple platforms this spring, AppAdvice reports.

ProtonMedia has launched PhotoSphere 2.0, its virtual collaboration software, with new features like deeper integration with Lync Server 2010 and Sharepoint 2010, better multimedia integration, a world editor, better metrics and reports and more.

Daily Deal API startup Sqoot has launched new features built around branded and customer-personalized email subscriptions.

Monetate says that it nearly tripled revenue in 2011, according to a press release.

Ohanarama has integrated real-time video chat into its family-safe gaming network, according to a press release.

CityRyde, the software platform for bicycle rentals that recently packed its bags for Boston, has rebranded as Zagster and has been accepted into the TechStars Boston incubator program this winter.

Startup Roundup will post weekly on Wednesdays until there’s not a Philly startup story left to link to on the Internet. See others here, or sign-up for its email newsletter.

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