Michael Butler, Author at Technical.ly Philly

Michael Butler

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Michael Butler is a reporter for Technical.ly in Philly and a Report For America corps member for 2020-2021. He graduated from Temple University in 2016. In 2019, he was one of the recipients of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism’s inaugural Next Generation Award grant, and selected by the Maynard Institute for Journalism to be a Maynard 200 fellow. Report for America is an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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Jon Gosier found global success in tech before Philly funding brought him here. But it wasn’t enough to keep him

Jul. 30, 2021 2:30 pm

Jon Gosier found global success in tech before Philly funding brought him here. But it wasn’t enough to keep him

The entrepreneur, investor and film financier has made Atlanta his home base again. Why? The familiar story that Philadelphia investors are too risk averse.
Philadelphia Apprentice Network wants to create 500 local apprenticeships by 2025

Jul. 28, 2021 3:16 pm

Philadelphia Apprentice Network wants to create 500 local apprenticeships by 2025

For now, details on execution are scarce, but the new collaboration will prioritize sharing best practices. Partners include Aon, Accenture, Philadelphia Works and CCP.
Content creator and DJ (and Jazzy Jeff’s son) Cory Townes wants Philly creatives to get more exposure

Jul. 27, 2021 1:10 pm

Content creator and DJ (and Jazzy Jeff’s son) Cory Townes wants Philly creatives to get more exposure

Townes lives in Brooklyn now but represents his hometown wherever he goes. He believes publicly highlighting good local work can help the city better retain its creative talent.
Petition: Biz leaders ask PA lawmakers to focus on the 2021 economy, not the 2020 election

Jul. 23, 2021 12:14 pm

Petition: Biz leaders ask PA lawmakers to focus on the 2021 economy, not the 2020 election

The "Back To Business campaign" aims to shift support from using state tax dollars for a 2020 election audit to helping state businesses and residents in need.
PropelPHL wants to be the digital hub for local jobseekers, employers and training programs

Jul. 22, 2021 12:00 pm

PropelPHL wants to be the digital hub for local jobseekers, employers and training programs

The City Council-backed jobs board aims to make it easier to find employment in the Greater Philadelphia region, from hospitality to software development, as well as educational programs if you're looking to level up.
Philly has a trash crisis. Ya Fav Trashman and MilkCrate have an app that will pay you to clean your block

Jul. 22, 2021 7:00 am

Philly has a trash crisis. Ya Fav Trashman and MilkCrate have an app that will pay you to clean your block

With Glitter, a sanitation worker with a large social media presence and a tech founder hope residents will feel empowered to better their communities. Its forthcoming launch comes after false starts and funding setbacks from the Streets Department.
How I Got Here: Samirah Devaughn-Marshall on designing a colorful tech career without a college degree

Jul. 19, 2021 11:15 am

How I Got Here: Samirah Devaughn-Marshall on designing a colorful tech career without a college degree

"Going to school helps, but nothing compares to doing it on your own," the UX/UI designer said. "The key to tech is not being the smartest but being willing to grow."
Philly slipped to #26 among tech talent hotspots. But it’s still showing promising growth

Jul. 15, 2021 5:11 pm

Philly slipped to #26 among tech talent hotspots. But it’s still showing promising growth

The slow-and-steady growth trajectory continues, with a 9.3% increase in local tech jobs since 2015. Plus: Hybrid work models reign.
Employee ownership is a part of stakeholder capitalism. Here’s the case for it as a tool to lessen the racial wealth gap

Jul. 15, 2021 2:07 pm

Employee ownership is a part of stakeholder capitalism. Here’s the case for it as a tool to lessen the racial wealth gap

ESOPs, or employee stock ownership plans, are like 401k plans for employees — but with more benefits. They're also touted as a way to boost workers' wealth.
Meet Rallie: This mother-son team built an app to help you find fun things to do nearby

Jul. 14, 2021 11:57 am

Meet Rallie: This mother-son team built an app to help you find fun things to do nearby

Wendy Verna got the idea for an app that could find things to do within a 10-mile radius from her son. Now, the team has big plans for Rallie's growth — think Travelocity and Airbnb.

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