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Philly-based technologist Mjumbe Poe has worked for academic institutions, non-profits and local government. Never a for-profit, until now: last November, Poe quietly came aboard Stacey Mosley’s startup FixList as Chief Technology Officer and cofounder.
“What that means is that I’m focusing on making sure that the technology is set up in a way that it will be able to grow with us,” Poe — formerly a Digital Services Architect in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology — told Technical.ly. “I’m working on the actual application day to day and its user-facing part.”
The company is gearing up to expand to three more cities in 2017, with Baltimore on deck to be the first expansion.
“Even though the nonprofits that I’ve worked for (Code for America, OpenPlans) have been startup-like, I haven’t had a chance to shape those organizations as fundamentally as I do at FixList,” Poe told us. “I’m excited to make this organization a tool for advocating for healthy places.”
Mosley, no surprises, lathered Poe with praise in a separate email.
“[Mjumbe] is empathetic and technical which can be a rare combination, but exactly what I am looking for in building out our team,” said Mosley. “There are very immediate impacts that a development project or investment can have on individuals and a community. Mjumbe and I talk about these matters almost daily, and together we are learning what it means to be a socially responsible business.”
Some 18 years ago, tech executive Alexander “Sasha” Pfandt worked as a developer under Delphic Digital’s managing partner, Lance Hollander, at the latter’s New York-based web firm Involve, Inc. Fast forward to 2017 and the duo is working together again: Pfandt came aboard Delphic as Vice President of Technology.
“We’re excited to leverage Sasha’s impressive experience of scaling brands, building processes and infrastructure to support our clients’ growing needs,” said Mark Patten, Managing Partner. “He is a seasoned agency professional with a proven track record, and I have tremendous confidence in his ability to elevate and grow our business.”
Let’s catch up on the Zoomer diaspora, shall we? After the Navy Yard-based B2B food delivery company shut down, some 30 staffers were scooped up by GrubHub and Madison, Wis.-based EatStreet acquired its market presence in 10 cities.
Since, we’ve spotted other related staff moves. For example, Scott Hillyer — Zoomer’s former VP of Operations — has now joined goPuff as VP of Delivery Operations. Eric Elicker, former head of delivery success, is now Director of Driver Experience at EatStreet. Though no announcements have been made yet, all signs point to both companies, GrubHub and EatStreet, establishing beachheads in town. Stay tuned.
Sidecar’s former director of UX/Creative Jon Billett, is now at Rick Nucci’s Guru donning the cap of Senior UX Designer after a stint as VP of UX at Razorfish Health. Likely, he will be bringing his art/food side gigs to the Old City company.
— Jon Billett (@TheBilletEstate) March 13, 2017
Girl Develop It just brought on two big names to its national board of directors: Slack engineer Erica Joy Baker and Etsy exec Vanessa Hurst. (Hurst cofounded GDI.) Per GDI’s executive director Corinne Warnshuis, there’s talk of an additional board member based in Philly coming aboard in the next six months. Who will that be? Better believe we’ll keep you posted.