June 2, 2016 |
A cofounder of one of the nation's most active venture capital firms has been named board chairman of Philadelphia Media Network, which operates the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. Josh Kopelman, 45, perhaps best known as creator of Half.com, the giant used-book, movie, and music website, takes over as the company begins an ambitious effort to identify new ways of storytelling and new streams of revenue. "Great cities need a great independent source of journalism," Kopelman said Tuesday night.
September 30, 2007 |
Entrepreneurship is alive and well, and endlessly studied on the Web. Here are a number of sites to inspire, help and warn the would-be business owners among us. Success stories. Business consultant Scott Allen runs this blog-style discussion of entrepreneurship at About.com, where we caught up on Ben and Jerry (of Ben & Jerry's ice cream fame), and perused "10 Legitimate Businesses You Can Start for Under $20. " These included "Webpreneur," house sitter, and eBay seller. For the latter, the $20 was to go for inventory - from a garage sale.
November 26, 2014 |
THE THREE dumped-on employees from "Horrible Bosses" become management in the sequel, but find that life gets no easier. This time, the leads (Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis) start their own business, borrow from a pair of not-so-angelic "angel" investors (Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz) and end up trying to raise cash via a hare-brained kidnapping scheme. This allows the cast to have a go at spoofing the conventions of the caper movie - we get an imagined account of the plan unfolding perfectly, then the blundering reality of the three stooges doing everything wrong.
March 7, 2016
Would you ever liken shopping for a home-improvement contractor to the ease of buying a pair of shoes online? Me either. But a Trevose start-up is out to make it so. ServiceWhale Inc., afloat since April in the Philadelphia region, expanded to New York in November and plans to offer services in Boston and Washington by the end of 2016. "We're kind of like a combination of a Priceline and Angie's List," said Aaron Rovner, vice president of business development and marketing for the company of 15 employees, half of whom are in Russia and Denmark.
March 3, 2016
Brendan McCorkle , chief executive of Philadelphia-based medical-software app developer CloudMine , flew to Las Vegas because that's where his firm's clients and prospects are congregating. He was bound for HIMSS , the conclave of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society , which McCorkle calls "the biggest health-care technology meeting of the year," collecting hospitals, drugmakers, drug researchers, cost accountants, and the mobile health-application developers who increasingly monitor our vital signs and medical therapies for all those groups.
May 24, 2013
While the Internet teems with "angel" investors searching for the next jackpot, it suffers from a shortage of guardian angels. Criminals have been wreaking havoc all over cyberspace lately, while governments and corporations have struggled to keep up with them. In February, an international gang of criminals reeled in $40 million in 10 hours by hacking into a database of prepaid debit cards and draining ATMs around the world. Last month, the Associated Press' Twitter feed, allegedly hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, falsely reported explosions at the White House, causing stocks to plummet.
August 28, 2000 |
When cable TV executive Joseph W. Cece took over as CEO of Digital Access in January, a Bala Cynwyd-based startup that builds broadband networks in medium-sized markets such as Indianapolis, he confronted a situation many entrepreneurs would die for. Just before Cece came aboard, Digital Access won commitments from a bevy of venture capitalists - including two from Silicon Valley - for $450 million. Digital would have the funds needed to grow quickly. But not all local startups are as flush with venture capital as Digital Access.
January 4, 2012 |
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.
January 5, 2016
S HALABH JAIN, 30, of Center City, is founder, chairman and CEO of Hyalo Technologies, a biopharmaceutical company in University City. The startup is developing a biodegradable, targeted drug-delivery system called the HyaloSphere that will reduce systemic side effects of drugs and increase patient compliance. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: As a medical student I observed that the compliance rate was low and the systemic side effects were high among some cancer patients or other patients taking prescribed medications.
January 10, 2011 |
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...