Graphene Frontiers can now mass produce graphene [Startup Roundup]

Plus: Neat Company has a new CEO and Venturef0rth's community manager leaves to start her own venture.

Graphene Frontiers CEO Mike Patterson demoing at Philly Tech Breakfast.

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Neat Company has a new CEO, Jeff Dickerson, the former chairman and CEO of Boston-based, venture-backed cloud archiving startup Sonian, according to a release. The 14-year-old company underwent big change in the last year, shifting to focus on software and getting an all new leadership team.

Before Dickerson joined the company, board member Ron Kaiser was interim CEO. Kaiser will continue as a board member for Neat, a spokeswoman confirmed. Dickerson is living in Center City, a spokeswoman said.

Graphene Frontiers will now be able to mass-produce graphene, the “miracle” nanomaterial that its business is built around, thanks to a partnership with a Massachusetts manufacturing company called Madico.

Arielle Friedlander, Venturef0rth’s longtime community manager, is leaving the Callowhill incubator to run her own business as a health and wellness coach. She said that “being around a community of entrepreneurs (at Venturef0rth and in the Philly startup scene)” inspired her to go off on her own. Venturef0rth changed hands last month, with American Certified CEO Marvin Weinberger taking over.


Spotlight, the Center City mobile app that gives away money for the most-liked posts, partnered with youth nonprofit Mighty Writers to run a special contest that awarded $250 to the Mighty Writers student whom judges chose based on their posts (no photos allowed, that was the writing tie). See the winner here.

“I really liked his creativity and use of mainstream names, labels and concepts while weaving in cynical yet factual ingredients into how the ‘game’ works,” said Spotlight cofounder (and contest judge) Kevin Brophy. “Plus, for me, growing up in SoCal I’ve been a rap fan my whole life! Many other factors went into the decision including other judges’ inputs, but those were what did it for me.”

Spotlight’s next campaign, a $10,000 contest, starts Dec. 1. Check it out here.

RJMetrics, the Center City business analytics startup, is marketing in a few interesting ways, like this sponsored post on VentureBeat and an ad on podcast Planet Money. (Here’s the site the Planet Money ad brings you to — it also features the following pop-up.)

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After a months-long pilot program, Wharton has signed on to use Yellowdig, the “Reddit for the classroom” startup based at Seed Philly, according to a blog post.

Center City’s PeopleLinx just released a whitepaper on social selling. Get it here.



Here’s a Q&A with web dev firm P’unk Ave on literary magazine Apiary’s website. The South Philly firm is redesigning the magazine’s site.

Entrepreneurs and city officials talked talent retention and what to do after college in our Start. Stay. Grow. event series last week. Here’s a recap from Billy Penn.

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