September 21, 2016 |
Political consultants in suburban Philadelphia and Washington have joined forces to turn Uber 's "first ride free" program into a platform to help candidates' campaigns, issue groups, and other get-out-the-vote efforts target likely supporters and bring them to the polls Nov. 8, through a site they're calling VoterDrive.us. Uber offers up to $10 off your first ride. The company has, in previous elections, expanded the break on election days in the United States and in cities in Canada, India, South Africa and other countries as a way of attracting new users and appearing public-spirited.
September 20, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: I am 32, married for a year and a half, with no children yet. I am an only child who was raised by my mother until I was 14 because my father was in prison. My mother never remarried. She blames me for her never having found anyone, and she is resentful of my marriage. She doesn't get along with anyone, not family, co-workers or "friends. " She thinks my husband is her handyman to use around her house. The reality is, my husband works all the time, and when he does have any free time, I either want to spend it with him or need him to do things around our home.
September 20, 2016 |
Local businesses with overseas operations are grappling with the June 23 decision of British voters to exit the European Union, and the result has greatly complicated long-range planning. Law firms with a London presence predicted shortly after the vote that uncertainty, possibly for years, would follow. But the full range of strategic issues raised by the British vote is only now coming into focus. "Overall, from a business standpoint it makes both short- and long-term planning very difficult," said Kathy J. Wyrofsky, president of International Products Corp., a maker of specialty cleaners and assembly lubricants based in Burlington, N.J. The company has a facility in south London and has used the U.K. as a platform for selling into the European Union.
September 8, 2016 |
The management books all preach it - one toxic worker can spoil an entire barrel of apples, to mangle a metaphor. But does that proverb need to be taken on faith? Not at M&S Centerless Grinding Inc., a precision metal working shop in Hatboro. "Most of the time you can't measure this," said company owner John Shegda. "But this was at a great time for us, to be able to put some numbers on it. " Getting rid of one bad apple, plus two of his crew, increased productivity by more than a third at M&S Centerless Grinding, even though the one bad apple was the most productive worker/supervisor in the whole factory and led three highly-productive workers.
September 1, 2016 |
Kee Hyung Lee, 84, a former business manager for petroleum firms in Philadelphia, died of cancer Sunday, Aug. 21, at the assisted living community CareOne at Moorestown. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Mr. Lee joined his nation's army in 1950, as the Korean conflict began, and earned the rank of major. For a year in the 1950s, he studied at what is now Anderson University, a private Indiana college affiliated with the Church of God. He returned to South Korea and earned his bachelor's at Seoul National University.
August 25, 2016 |
Cinven Partners L.L.P., an international private equity firm, announced Tuesday that it will acquire Doylestown-based Bioclinica Inc., which assists pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations (CROs) in patient clinical trials. Financial terms were not disclosed. Reuters reported that sources said the deal was valued at about $1.4 billion, including debt. Cinven is acquiring Bioclinica - which will remain in Doylestown - from two other firms, Water Street Healthcare Partners and JLL Partners.
August 24, 2016 |
The same group that invested in Uber - and proudly claims it has disrupted the taxi and limo business - will soon, through one of its companies, open an office in Philadelphia with the aim of disrupting recruitment in niche fields of technology. TPG Growth, which has invested in Uber, Airbnb, and Spotify, is the majority owner of Frank Recruitment Group, the British-based company that chose Philadelphia for its third U.S. office. "You have a high density of bright college graduates who are up for a challenge," said Frank chief executive James Lloyd Townshend, explaining why his company picked Philadelphia.
August 21, 2016 |
Darren Hill has powered his office computer and assorted peripheral equipment for two years from a solar panel mounted to the roof of his Old City business. "I proved the model, now let's just do the whole building," said Hill, 40, the chief executive and cofounder of e-commerce platform provider WebLinc L.L.C. On Tuesday, a contractor completed installation of a 12-kilowatt solar array on the roof of 100 Market St., one of three Old City locations where WebLinc's creative teams devise tools for online retailers.
August 9, 2016 |
Venture capitalist Bruce Luehrs , who weighed startups and pitched investors for Princeton's pioneering Edison Venture Fund back in the dot-com boom, is back on the road. He says he wishes he had more competitors. "We're an honest-to-God Philadelphia early-stage venture fund," Luehrs told me about his latest pile, $18 million Rittenhouse Ventures II , which includes $4 million in funding from state sources and Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Rittenhouse Ventures I is the current name for the 2008 fund formerly known as Emerald Stage2 Ventures , which Luehrs started in 2008 with partner Saul Richter , backing from Joe Besecker 's Emerald Asset Management , and millions more in state funding.
August 7, 2016 |
The word audit usually conjures a boring - and sometimes terrifying - tableau of invoices, spreadsheets, and calculators. But ask Robert Bright about a construction audit that his Philadelphia firm, Talson Solutions L.L.C., just wrapped, and he breaks out a slideshow of what could be mistaken for an exotic vacation. International locales: Italy, South Korea, and China, to name a few. Pictures of waterways and massive ships. Bands and celebratory fireworks. They're scenes of a job like no other for the 15-year-old boutique firm in Old City: the $5.2 billion Panama Canal expansion.