Earlier this year 25 people gathered at UArts for Tecnically Philly’s very own Philly Startup Leaders fishbowl, a chance for those folks to help us think about new ways to make the business sustainable. We received lots of advice which we’ve made actionable, but chief among the recommendations was the desire for a directory, a place where readers can get additional information about the companies and people that we cover each day.
That said, after more than six months of architecting and developing the project, we’re proud to announce the first iteration of the Technically Philly Directory. This new tool has two purposes:
- To help readers better understand the history and context about the companies, people and place that make up the Philadelphia tech community, similar to TechCrunch’s Crunchbase.
- To offer an easy portal to find all the technology resources Philly has to offer. Want a list of local investors? You got it. Most popular companies? Sure. We plan on creating more of these lists, but our current directory page offers a sampling of where we are heading.
Most directory pages are simple: a photo, description and previous news content to help readers “catch up” on a person or company. However, we will be shortly announcing a new advertising model that will allow people and business to control the contents of their directory page for maximum visibility. For some examples of these detailed entries, see entries for Bill Green and Chariot Solutions (a thank you for being our first ever advertiser).
Also you’ll notice that each news post on Technically Philly now has small icons on the left sidebar. These are the people, companies and places tagged in each story. For example the “People” in this story include Bill Green. The “Companies” section includes Technically Philly and Chariot Solutions while the “Places” includes Fishtown. Click to browse the directory pages for each entry.
This is a small first step, an effort we hope to expand along with our coverage with features such as a search function. Go ahead and poke around! We’d love to hear your feedback.