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BUSINESS
January 4, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three firms have been picked to share office space with The Inquirer and other Philadelphia Media Network outlets in the Project Liberty Digital Incubator , the newest local space dedicated to start-up tech businesses. The firms, selected by PMN adviser and incubator operator Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania , are CloudMine , a smartphone applications developer platform headed by CEO Brendan McCorkle; voter-guide app developer ElectNext , headed by Princeton and Wharton-trained political scientist Keya J. Dannenbaum , and SnipSnap , a print-to-mobile coupon scanner conversion service headed by Ted Mann . "We're providing these companies free rent, free office equipment, and the infrastructure to operate their business, day-to-day, for a six-month period, while they agree to develop a media product for consideration" by The Inquirer, the Daily News , Philadelphia SportsWeek , and Philly.com , spokesman Mark Block said.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2011 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
Eighteen months ago, entrepreneur Brian Ruby was practically laughing in the face of the recession. He'd just moved his company, Carbon Nanoprobes Inc. , to Chester County from the Seattle area after landing an equity investment from the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania . The space in East Whiteland Township had a clean room in which the nanotechnology company would make probes that researchers could use on the tip of...
NEWS
December 16, 2009 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden County criminal investigator's romance with a mortgage broker has cost her her job and could send her to prison for obtaining a fraudulent loan, officials said. Asha Ritchards, 31, of Sicklerville, appeared yesterday in U.S. District Court in Camden, where she tearfully pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and admitted she lied on loan applications for a house her then-boyfriend used as a rental property. "She fell in love with this guy. He's a smooth-talking, handsome guy," defense attorney Leonard S. Baker said.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2000 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Venture capitalists and "angel investors" who fed and were fed by the stock market's 1990s surge say the recent skid in technology-stock values has clouded the premium-priced promise that stampeded corporations, pension funds and rich individuals into investing in unproven companies that hoped to go public at high prices. "A lot of people at these [new] companies have lost tremendous amounts of paper value," said Andrew Martini, head of Bank of America's Radnor private banking office, which concentrates on high-tech executives.
BUSINESS
November 17, 1999 | By Ambre S. Brown, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To boost entrepreneurship among young adults in Philadelphia and Newark, N.J., the Prudential Foundation is giving a $2.5 million grant to extend the Prudential Young Entrepreneur Program, which it launched in July. The nine-week program for adults ages 18 to 30 is taught at the Enterprise Center on Market Street in West Philadelphia, where Prudential officials made their announcement yesterday. The money, which also covers course materials and $15,000 business start-up loans for eligible participants, is to be split between the two target cities.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2005 | By Linda Loyd INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Stephen A. Roth, a former University of Pennsylvania biology department chairman, had been contemplating retirement after leaving the company he'd started based on his own research. Then two guys with a new idea knocked on his door in 2002. At first, Roth, 62, could not believe the concept advanced by biochemist Brad Jameson of the Drexel University College of Medicine: that serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter in the body's central nervous system, is essential for white blood cells to multiply.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2007 | By Linda Loyd INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The nation's biggest venture-capital deals typically take place in Palo Alto, Calif., or Cambridge, Mass. But not this quarter. Look no further than Audubon, Pa., where Globus Medical Inc. attracted the most money from venture capitalists - $110 million - during July, August and September. Globus, which is working on spinal-implant devices for back problems that improve mobility, topped a private-equity investment for a Cambridge energy company that raised $100 million in the third quarter, according to a new investing survey.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2012 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
The machine is called Wellby, inspired by the TV doctor of the 1970s whose last name had one fewer "l" - and copyright protection. Despite its inanimate parts, Wellby is intended to be as endearing as the ever-personable Dr. Marcus Welby, and just as able to coax patients to open up. Officials from Horsham start-up CarePartners Plus L.L.C. said their primary goal in creating Wellby was to better involve patients in their own health management. From that should follow a better line of communication between doctor and patient, an improved treatment experience and, ultimately, cost reductions - all of which are the aim of health-care reform, CarePartners' leaders said.
BUSINESS
July 21, 2011 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Are social media - Facebook , LinkedIn , Twitter , and their wannabes - America's next big business, or just the latest Wall Street bubble? Quepasa Corp. , a Miami-based, Latin America-focused social-media holding company run by former JPMorgan Securities manager John Abbott, said Wednesday that it had agreed to pay $82 million in stock and $12 million in cash, pending shareholder approval and financing, for New Hope-based myYearbook.com , a teen-focused social-media website.
BUSINESS
June 6, 1999 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The capitalists hold their casting call once a month, over early-morning rolls and coffee in a hotel ballroom in West Conshohocken. As the Pennsylvania Private Investor Group, the eight-year-old, loose-knit organization unites dozens of "guys who have made money in the stock market, guys who have made money from stock options, guys who are semi-retired from their businesses, and guys who have sold their businesses" at a profit, said membership chairman...
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