(Photo by Max Hoagland)
Come Jan. 25, the coworking space will host an event that aims at keeping its promise of making Philly-specific programming: The Future of Philly is a series of conversations around this city’s potential in areas like food, art and real estate. Take a wild guess on what the first topic will be? That’s right: the future of tech.
— WeWork Philadelphia (@WeWorkPHL) January 4, 2017
With Temple University’s Ellen Weber as moderator, three technologists will share their insights on the future of Philly tech: Danielle Cohn, director of entrepreneurial engagement at Comcast; Tiffanie Stanard, CEO and Founder of Stimulus and — interestingly, hailing from New York — Stephanie Glenn, VP of SMB sales at Salesforce.
The event’s full name is Philly Tech: A Global Perspective for a Local Market. According to Anita Shannon, WeWork’s Philly lead, the event is a sign of how the coworking provider plans to leverage its multinational status in a regional context.
“We’re very excited about the local community that’s been built here,” said Shannnon. “We also have the unique opportunity to use WeWork’s global network to bring a big player from outside of Philly.”
Here’s what strikes us as unique about this event. Unlike Mission:Possible, a multi-city program offering startups coworking space in Philly as well as a handful of other cities, this event series seems to be — so far — unique to our town. It also seems to be both a salute to Philly’s existing tech scene and perhaps an acknowledgement of WeWork’s status as an out-of-towner.
Sly marketing move, WeWork. We see you.