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Why this is Philadelphia’s biggest open data victory to date civic

Sep. 9, 2015 11:59 am

Why this is Philadelphia’s biggest open data victory to date

A hundred bucks and a CD-R used to get you access to city property data. Now the high-profile data set is free. The long road to its release is a case study that other cities should learn from.
How to build a tech scene business

Apr. 13, 2015 12:28 pm

How to build a tech scene

Entrepreneurs and academics have identified the ingredients. Does Philly have them?
Brand.com has mysteriously disappeared business

Mar. 11, 2015 12:12 pm

Brand.com has mysteriously disappeared

The domain is for sale. The emails are dead. The top execs are gone. The office is dark. What happened to online reputation management firm Brand.com?
What other cities should learn from Philly’s failed municipal broadband effort civic

Mar. 4, 2015 12:49 pm

What other cities should learn from Philly’s failed municipal broadband effort

A recent FCC ruling paves the way for more cities to jump in to the internet game. Philadelphia was a pioneer in that arena. Wireless Philadelphia — with its positive legacy and fatal shortcomings — offers plenty of lessons.
If Philly becomes an investment hub, it’s because of these 2 tiny tax changes civic

Jan. 26, 2015 12:29 pm

If Philly becomes an investment hub, it’s because of these 2 tiny tax changes

Can a quiet 2008 change to the city tax code and its legislative update in 2012 get more venture capitalists (and the startups who follow them) to set up shop in Philadelphia? Years later, it may be too early to tell.
Philly’s city wage tax just turned 75. Here’s its dubious legacy civic

Dec. 12, 2014 11:38 am

Philly’s city wage tax just turned 75. Here’s its dubious legacy

Three-quarters of a century ago (tomorrow, to be precise), Philadelphia became the first city to implement a local income tax. Since then, the wage tax has been seen as both a major job killer and, in startup circles, a minor consideration. Here's why it's still around — and how some hope to kill it before it turns 100.
Squareknot’s $300K saga business

Nov. 14, 2014 10:29 am

Squareknot’s $300K saga

Every raise is a story. This is how one startup, a “Github for things,” landed early-stage capital from all Philly-area investors — despite being told to head west.
Uber is fighting hard for friendly legislation in Pa. civic

Oct. 15, 2014 8:16 am

Uber is fighting hard for friendly legislation in Pa.

Uber's ridesharing service, uberX — where anyone approved by Uber can pick up and drop off passengers in exchange for payment — is illegal in Pennsylvania. We go inside current efforts to change that.
FastFWD, Philly’s public safety accelerator, rethinks itself civic

Oct. 1, 2014 7:57 am

FastFWD, Philly’s public safety accelerator, rethinks itself

FastFWD is launching its second class. We spoke with the 10 startups from the first class, as well as program co-directors Story Bellows and Garrett Melby. Here's what worked, what didn't and what's going to change.
Josh Kopelman is having his Pete Musser moment [feature] business

Apr. 28, 2014 12:30 pm

Josh Kopelman is having his Pete Musser moment [feature]

For generations, Safeguard Scientifics CEO Pete Musser defined what it was to be in Philadelphia technology. Today, that work is being done by far many more people, but none more prominently than First Round Capital investor Josh Kopelman. Here's what that means.

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