October 23, 2014
MORGAN BERMAN, founder and CEO of MilkCrate Philly, was wrapping up her pitch yesterday to a panel of big shots at the Forbes Under 30 Summit, a three-day gathering of young game-changers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. MilkCrate, which has a mobile app to help people live more sustainably in neighborhoods, was one of five finalists selected to make a five-minute pitch - dubbed the "$400,000 Pressure Cooker" - to the panel, which included AOL founder Steve Case, Forbes Media CEO Mike Perlis and former venture capitalist Troy Carter, founder of Atom Factory.
August 29, 2014
M ORGAN BERMAN, 29, of Fairmount, is founder and CEO of MilkCrate, a mobile app that has been described as "Green Yelp with Soul. " Berman, who has a master's degree in sustainable design from Philadelphia University, got frustrated having to look on Google for eco-friendly businesses in Philadelphia. A 30-day Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, launched Sunday, had raised at least $4,410 of a $20,000 goal as of yesterday. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for MilkCrate? A: There was so much great information on websites, but no central place someone could go to figure out how to live more sustainably in Philadelphia.
July 11, 2014
D AVID MARTIN, 30, of Blue Bell, is founder and CEO of PetCoach, a startup with a mobile app - currently in stealth mode - that gives pet owners direct advice on their smartphones from veterinarians and certified pet experts. The startup expects to publicly launch next month. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for PetCoach? A: When we got accepted into DreamIt Ventures accelerator [in Austin, Texas] last winter, they suggested we make PetCoach a place to get expert pet advice in real time.
July 10, 2014
R USS OSTER, 42, of Yardley, is founder and CEO of Grassroots Unwired. The Bristol-based startup provides real-time, GPS-enabled mobile canvassing and fundraising solutions for nonprofit and political clients. Oster previously had a 15-year consulting career organizing field campaigns across the U.S. on behalf of political candidates. Q: How'd you get the idea for Grassroots Unwired? A: I was in a meeting with the campaign manager for [then-New Jersey Gov.] Jon Corzine in 2009, and she said, "We're about to spend thousands of dollars on people going door-to-door and we have no idea if they're doing what they're supposed to be doing and, if they are, we've got to enter all that data into a computer.
November 29, 2013 |
On Thanksgiving, many of us need to get to distant places, cook stuff we only eat once a year, and soak up traditional entertainments. These smartphone applications may help out. The AAA Mobile app has some services you can use without joining the auto club. You can map a route and let the "Co-Pilot" give verbal directions. Check for locations and prices at gas stations, find electric-car charging stations, and check out attractions on the road ahead. If you're a AAA member, the app is another way to call for roadside assistance and access other club travel services.
November 27, 2013 |
LAST YEAR, 6ABC weatherman Adam Joseph overextended himself a bit. After running around all morning as master of the Fan Cam at the 93rd annual 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, he went home and cooked a full dinner for his entire family. At least he didn't have to do the dishes. Joseph made it clear to me that he despises dishes. This year, Joseph is keeping it low-key post-parade, opting instead to dine at someone else's house, although he'll have his signature dessert, a play on an old recipe that he's deemed Adam's Apple Delight (check out the recipe if you're in need of a last-minute turkey day treat)
November 19, 2013 |
CHRISTOPHER GRAY, 22, of Center City, is a Drexel University junior and Dorm Room Fund member who's built a mobile app called Scholly to help students easily search for college scholarships. Gray, a native of Birmingham, Ala., amassed $1.3 million in scholarship offers for his own education. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Scholly? A: I googled scholarships when I was a junior in high school and it took me months to search them. I thought "There must be an easier way for students to find this stuff.
August 23, 2013
EATS BEAT * Sample from 17 burger interpretations at the Wilmington Burger Battle, presented by the Kenny Family Foundation to benefit the Ministry of Caring's Emmanuel Dining Room. The event takes place noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Twin Lakes Brewing Co., 4210 Kennett Pike, Greenville. $45 ($50 at the door) includes food, beer tastings, soft drinks and music. wilmingtonburgerbattle. brownpapertickets.com. * Culinary literacy is all the rage, and where better to school yourself than the Parkway Central Library?
June 21, 2013
BOB MOUL, 49, of Devon, is chairman and CEO of Artisan, an Old City company developing functional tools for mobile apps. Retailers, e-commerce pros and publishers have long been able to test and tweak website designs without writing computer programs. Artisan recently launched a platform allowing users to redesign apps to maximize effectiveness. Q: What's your background? A: I was CEO of Boomi, a software-as-service-provider that integrated applications allowing for the easy transfer of data between cloud-based and on-premise applications.
June 16, 2013 |
Christopher Gray couldn't even afford college application fees, let alone tuition. His single mother was out of work, and there were two siblings to think about, then ages 2 and 3. But with a passion for entrepreneurship, the Birmingham, Ala., student dreamed of attending a college in the Northeast so he could be close to New York City and other major business centers. "So the onus was really on me. I had to deal with it myself," recalled Gray, now 21 and a rising junior at Drexel University.