'We shouldn't try to reinvent ourselves as Silicon Valley': Radio Times [AUDIO] - Technical.ly Philly


Jan. 16, 2013 10:00 am

‘We shouldn’t try to reinvent ourselves as Silicon Valley’: Radio Times [AUDIO]

Chinatowns. Philly shouldn't try to reinvent itself as Silicon Valley, just like Chinatowns aren't trying to reinvent themselves as China.
Philly is (clearly) not Silicon Valley, and we shouldn’t aspire to be.

That was the consensus among the four local tech scene leaders featured on WHYY’s Radio Times yesterday morning. First Round Capital Managing Partner Josh Kopelman, Artisan Mobile (formerly AppRenaissance) CEO and Philly Startup Leaders president Bob Moul, Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania CEO RoseAnn B. Rosenthal and Technically Philly cofounder Chris Wink spent an hour on the live talk show discussing the local tech startup scene: how it’s grown and how to get it even further. It was the second show in a series on local innovation.

Kopelman likened the Philly/Silicon Valley issue to U.S. cities’ Chinatowns. Philly shouldn’t try to reinvent itself as Silicon Valley, just like Chinatowns aren’t trying to reinvent themselves as China, he said.

Our sister site Technically Baltimore has also covered this topic, calling for Baltimore to embrace what makes its tech scene unique, like expertise in edtech and cyber security.

Listen to the whole show.

Listen to Radio Times on Thursday at 11 a.m. for a show focused on how city government uses technology to interact with its citizens, including open data initiatives and digital access efforts, as discussed by a panel which will include this reporter.

Already a member? Sign in here


Philly Mag: These 5 technologists are changing the face of power

Listen to 20 Philly voices on tech, diversity and inclusion

At LIFT Labs Demo Day, a glimpse of Philly as a global startup hub



Why working with the University City Science Center was a game changer for 4 Philly startups

Philadelphia, PA


Director of Product Design

Apply Now


UX Designer

Apply Now
Chesterbrook, PA


Inside Sales Representative

Apply Now

What you can learn at this 10th annual ‘future of news’ unconference

Media, marketing, meteoric rises: Head to the Message room of Introduced

Support Philly indy media



Take a peek at the opportunities popping up at PromptWorks

Horsham, PA

Penn Mutual

Software Engineer-Java

Apply Now
Ambler, PA


Data Engineer

Apply Now
Center City


Product Manager – Sales Tools

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!