May 13, 2007 |
During an unofficial competition last year, Upper Darby High School's robot took a hit, then another. Then the battery flew out. Garrett Sapsis, 16, working in the pit crew, had about five minutes to come up with a temporary solution, "a heavy big metal piece of junk" to hold the battery in place. "It was a like a cage, but it worked," said Sapsis, a junior at Upper Darby and member of the school's Robotics club. But the cage weighed around three pounds, too much for an official competition in which every ounce counts and the robot can't pass 120 pounds.
September 23, 1986 |
Some of the region's most successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and lawyers will gather Nov. 14 and 15 at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel for a workshop to tell others how to start and finance a new business. The event, called the Greater Philadelphia Entrepreneurs Exchange, will bring together Willard Rouse, president of Rouse & Associates, a real estate development firm; Thomas A. Penn, president of Genesis Seed Fund, a Malvern- based venture capital fund, and Peter Sears, president of SR One Ltd., a venture capital firm that is a subsidiary of SmithKline Beckman.
May 8, 1994 |
Individuals who have lost their jobs, and who live in Philadelphia and the four Pennsylvania suburban counties, are eligible for a free business- applications computer-training program sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition. "What we're finding is that people can be motivated, but if they don't have computer skills, they don't have an asset," said Ronald Spangler, director of training at the Berkeley Education and Training Center. Individually tailored skills training will be offered in areas including computer literacy and specific programs.
December 11, 2012 |
It seemed like a good idea at the time, Evy and Ted Inoue advertising their new business by customizing their $25,000 Ford van to resemble their beloved dog. Kudos was a basset hound-cocker spaniel mix, whose personality was so bright he inspired a business plan: a start-up that would let people share online thanks to everyone from good Samaritans to great contractors. The New Hope couple named their business after the pooch, OurKudos.com. "That was supposed to be our promotional vehicle," Evy says in her kitchen, looking out the window at her creation - brown and white, with soft eyes, arched eyebrows, furry black ears that droop over the rear doors, a red tongue that sticks out of the grill and a white, adjustable tail.
January 29, 2013
C HRIS STANCHAK, 35, a Wharton grad who lives in Center City, is CEO of TicketLeap, an online ticketing and event-marketing firm he founded in 2003. The company , on Walnut Street near 24th, has 25 employees. In 2012, it handled $55 million in gross ticket sales on its platform, which is integrated into social-media sites. Q: What was the idea for the business? A: A buddy was having a party at a club he wanted to sell tickets to, and asked me to build a Web-based system to process ticket sales for the event, but it got canceled.
March 8, 1990 |
Joseph A. LaSala of Media has been elected chairman of the Delaware County Economic Development Oversight Board, which was established by the County Council to implement and supervise economic development activities and initiatives. LaSala, vice president for marketing and government affairs at Day & Zimmermann Inc. of Philadelphia, was chosen to head the five-member board at a reorganization meeting on Feb. 22. LaSala is a member of the Delaware County Industrial Development Authority and has been deputy regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
June 3, 1995 |
The already uncertain future of the Winnipeg Jets grew more clouded yesterday when a group went to court in an attempt to block construction of a new arena. Thin Ice filed a motion with Court of Queen's Bench that aims to force public consultation before $110 million of public money goes into a new hockey facility. The motion claims the city broke its own zoning bylaws when it approved the arena site. "This speaks to the fact that the process all the way along has taken place behind closed doors, in secret, without any public consultation," said spokesman Jim Silver, a university professor.
January 12, 1999 |
The Board of Education gave a reprieve yesterday to the Center for Economics and Law Charter School yesterday, despite lingering questions about the school's own economics. The board, by a 6-2 vote, gave the school permission to finish this year, seven weeks after the school was on the verge of being the first charter school in the state to lose its charter. The board also agreed to extend the school's charter through August 2002, provided it submits a business plan by June 30. The School District had threatened in November to revoke the school's charter after three of the school's certified teachers quit the staff of 11 educators, and the city shut down the school because of unsafe conditions.
April 25, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The bad news for Philadelphia bicyclists: A bike-sharing program, like ones other cities have, won't be launched here this fall, as previously hoped. The good news: Officials plan to announce Thursday that it will happen next spring. Mayor Nutter's office has chosen the contractors who will operate the fledgling system. B-Cycle, a Wisconsin-based firm that supplies bike-share systems around the nation, plans to provide 1,800 bikes and 185 stations for Philadelphia.
July 31, 2012 |
YOU KNOW we're in the summer doldrums when a Chicken War is hatched to take center stage. After the president of the Chick-fil-A chain stated he opposes gay marriage based on what the Bible says, he was blasted in the media, which is OK, while a few elected officials said they planned to ban his restaurants, which is not OK. The sanctimonious mayors of Deep Blue Boston and Chicago fumed that Dan Cathy's words were discriminatory and discrimination can't...