Here's who won Philly's inaugural Timmy Awards - Philly


Jun. 10, 2016 12:37 pm

Here’s who won Philly’s inaugural Timmy Awards

After more than 10,000 votes, PeopleLinx, Curalate and AGI went home with the top prizes.

The first Philadelphia Timmy Awards took place at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

(Photo by Albert Hong)

When people ask PeopleLinx CTO Don Nawrocki if it’s possible to fully staff a tech company here, he says, “Well, duh.”

That’s what Nawrocki said as he accepted the award for Best Tech Manager at last night’s inaugural Philadelphia Timmy Awards at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. (Here are the startups who won the D.C. edition last fall.)

Tech in Motion, a meetup group organized by recruiters Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates, hosts the awards across a range of cities, including Toronto, which is also set to have its first iteration in August. D.C. will be hosting its second annual Timmy’s in September.

After three weeks of open voting for 30 community-submitted nominees, here are the winners.

  • Best Tech ManagerDon Nawrocki, CTO at PeopleLinx
  • Best Tech StartupCuralate
  • Best Tech Work CultureAnalytical Graphics Inc. (AGI)
Curalate's Apu Gupta wasn't in attendance to accept Best Tech Startup award but his team members were. (Photo by Albert Hong)

Analytical Graphics Inc. took the Best Tech Culture award. The company was also recently nominated for the                                                                                        23rd annual PACT Enterprise Awards. (Photo by Albert Hong)

Evan Gordon, regional director of Workbridge Associates, was excited to see more than 10,000 votes cast in the past three weeks. (Voters could vote once a day.)

Aaron McLean, COO of Stuzo and cofounder of Philly Startup Leaders, emceed the awards while commenting on the innovative growth the region has and will see, particularly with the recent partnership between Drexel and Brandywine Realty Trust to create a 14-acre “Innovation Neighborhood” around 30th Street Station.


Aaron McLean, COO of Stuzo, was the MC for the night's awards. (Photo by Albert Hong)

Aaron McLean, COO of Stuzo, was the MC for the night’s awards. (Photo by Albert Hong)

Dawn McDougall, Code for Philly’s executive director, presented the Best Tech Manager award to Nawrocki, but not before mentioning how there were a record number of four Philly female tech managers nominated for the award — more than any previous Timmy has seen — which received a whole bunch of cheers from the crowd.

Dawn McDougall presenting the Best Tech Manager award. (Photo by Albert Hong)

Dawn McDougall presenting the Best Tech Manager award. (Photo by Albert Hong)

Philly tech companies like BioBots and Cipher Prime demoed their products after the awards ceremony.

Biobots had a table at the event. (Photo by Albert Hong)

BioBots had a table at the event. (Photo by Albert Hong)

  • Rashid Pacteau

    I don’t understand these awards. Who decides who gets nominated? And, unless I’m missing something, only the people who work for the managers can vote for how effective they are as a manager. As such, shouldn’t the award be “Manager with the most employees”? Or “Manager who can get most people to click a button”?

    When did the Tech Industry decide the best industry to emulate is the Movies? How about recognizing people who’ve actually done something substantive?

    • Asprid

      These awards are all bullshit. They’re put on by recruiting companies to get face time with hiring managers.


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