April 12, 2013 |
iPipeline, an insurance-software maker based in Exton, is the latest suburban tech firm to add a Center City office in hopes of luring young engineers, programmers, and information-technology salespeople. The firm, which employs 390 in the Philadelphia area and its U.S. and foreign offices, and hopes to add 50 more this year, has leased a suite on the 33d floor at 1818 Market St., a 40-story building soon to be known as Beneficial Place, the new headquarters for the city's largest remaining bank.
December 10, 2007 |
What makes a company valuable? In the stock markets, where software writers, oil refiners, toy-makers and bomb builders compete for the same investor dollars, it doesn't matter what you make, or even how much you sell; it's how much profit investors expect you're going to keep that determines share prices. Thirteen Philadelphia-area companies rank on the Standard & Poor's list of 500 big publicly traded corporations. The most valuable is Comcast Corp. , the Philadelphia-based cable TV, Internet and phone company, which earned $2.5 billion on gross sales of $25 billion last year, and was worth $64 billion - based on the price Wall Street assigns to its shares - on the Nasdaq Stock Market at the start of November.
November 29, 2012 |
Raghunandan Yandamuri said he never intended to kill or harm anyone. The Montgomery County man told detectives that he simply wanted to kidnap 10-month-old Saanvi Venna for ransom. What happened next, he said, was "unexpected. " First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele, however, said Yandamuri acted quite deliberately. Motivated by gambling debts, he was carrying a four-inch kitchen knife to kill the child's grandmother and a note that demanded $50,000 and threatened to have the baby "cut into pieces.
May 23, 2013 |
Poptent , the video-production outfit with a major office in Conshohocken that uses crowdsourcing to produce content, has named a new CEO. Nick Pahade will succeed Rick Parkhill , the California investor who founded Poptent in 2007 to match independent filmmakers with Fortune 100 companies and ad agencies to generate content at about one-seventh the cost of traditional production. Starting June 3, Pahade, who lives in the Princeton area, will be based out of the Conshohocken headquarters, where about 30 of Poptent's 55 employees work.
May 18, 2011 |
Breakup fees have been on my mind lately, and I'm not referring to what it may cost the Governator to end his marriage to Maria Shriver . Breakup fees, which in legalese are termination fees, are a part of many corporate acquisitions. They're the price for walking away from a deal. You can see why buyers and sellers want them. Who wants to spend all that time evaluating and negotiating a deal if the buyer can't close it or the seller opts for a better offer from someone else?
March 30, 2006 |
When Nicole St. Julien-Thomas hears her alarm buzzing each morning, she doesn't have to worry about her work outfit, traffic jams or office politics. She just picks up the phone, logs on to her computer at home in Gloucester County, and starts fielding customer service calls. St. Julien-Thomas is homeshoring, a new and expanding practice that allows customer service agents to work from home instead of in centralized call centers. Some large American companies are even bringing some of their customer-service operations back from India, the Philippines, and other offshore locations to take advantage of homeshoring.
March 14, 2013 |
Over the last dozen years, Philadelphia has lost so many billionaires - 10 names in all - it no longer has sole bragging rights in Pennsylvania. Judging from Forbes' latest list of the world's wealthiest people, the Pittsburgh and Philly areas are now tied with three residents apiece with 10-figure fortunes. If not for newcomer Michael Rubin , e-commerce whiz and 76ers part-owner, Pittsburgh would have been first - just as it is in Super Bowls (six to zip). Although more than a dozen billionaires either grew up in the Philadelphia area (like newly listed Valley Forge-born designer Tory Burch , investor/philanthropist Ronald Perelman , apparel-and-entertainment tycoon/philanthropist Sidney Kimmel , and ex-Eagles owner Norman Braman )
October 19, 2011 |
Who are these guys? The new 76ers owners, who purchased the team from Comcast-Spectacor , include overlapping circles of University of Pennsylvania grads, Philly natives, and Wall Street moguls who got rich during (and after) the long economic boom that crashed in 2008. Plus Hollywood people. A couple of veteran sports businessmen. And the Indonesians. As a group they are led by Wharton School grads Joshua Harris, a founder of Apollo Global Management L.L.C.
December 24, 2012 |
T'was the Sunday before the Sunday before Christmas, and all through the stores, so few consumer-creatures were stirring . . . well, I barely waited for a food-court burrito, hardly broke a sweat for parking, and saw virtually none of the long checkout lines retailers expect and need during the holidays. Uh-oh , I thought to myself. That bad feeling I'd had on Black Friday, after retailers pulled out the stops with Thanksgiving store openings - only to see less-than-killer crowds the next day - had apparently been a sign of more troubling news to come.
February 21, 2011
Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA has named Greg Bentley to its board. He is chief executive officer and cofounder of Bentley Systems Inc. QR Pharma Inc. , a privately held Radnor company that is developing treatments for Alzheimer's disease, has elected the following experts in neurodegeneration to its medical-advisory board: Jeffrey Cummings , professor of neurotherapeutics and drug development at the Neurological Institute...