May 8, 2015 |
On a frozen Thursday in March, dawn turns the eastern sky a brilliant shade of pink. Doug Oliver doesn't get to see it. He's roaming the southbound subway platform at the Erie station, where no light can reach, having come not for a ride, but for votes. He's asking people to make him, a 40-year-old former public-relations executive who has never held public office, the next mayor of Philadelphia. He works fast, and not just because it's cold. Every seven minutes, the 40-some people on the platform are whisked away, replaced by another 40 who trickle downstairs for the next rush-hour train.
April 24, 2015 |
SEPTA POLICE are investigating a vicious attack on two Benjamin Franklin High School students caught on video Tuesday on a subway platform in the Spring Garden station, officials said yesterday. Nobody involved in the beating - including the victims - reported the brutal crime to SEPTA police, Philadelphia police or school district officials, SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III said. In the video, time-stamped just after 3:15 p.m., about a dozen teens - all believed to be students, according to officials - appear to be participating in the attack or egging it on. At one point, one of the assailants, wearing a light gray sweatshirt with the hood covering his head, fell onto the tracks.
March 24, 2015
M ICHELE McKEONE, 33, of Fishtown, is founder and CEO of Autism Expressed, an online learning system that teaches digital literacy to students with autism and other learning disabilities. Autism Expressed won a $20,000 prize from Educational Services of America and was Geekadelphia Startup of the Year for 2013, when it launched publicly. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I have a background in digital media and went to the University of the Arts. I was an autistic-support teacher [at South Philadelphia High School]
March 20, 2015
D ANIEL REARDON, 21, of University City, a senior at Wharton, is co-founder and CEO of Athways, which provides a Web and mobile platform for coaches to create, distribute and track personalized team workouts. It can be used by coaches to bridge the training gap between workout knowledge and execution. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Athways? A: I was a frosh football player at Penn exposed to strength and conditioning programs. You'd make progress, go home for the summer and get a loose-leaf workout packet that was confusing.
February 23, 2015 |
Jim Drucker is living proof that a man not only can learn to appreciate some nagging from his wife, but also build a thriving, innovative company as a result of it. In Drucker's case, it is Norristown-based NewKadia.com, launched in 2000 and believed to be the only dedicated online comic-book dealer. Its inventory is 750,000; its average annual sales is 200,000 books, with profitability a constant since the second year. Revenue, Drucker said, is in the "low seven figures.
February 18, 2015 |
CONCORD, N.H. - Leo Ouellette, a retired mailman from New Hampshire, is a fan of Gov. Christie's brash personality. But that does not necessarily mean he'll vote for Christie in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. While Ouellette, 72, likes Christie - "I don't want a wimp," he said Monday, a cup of coffee in front of him, at the Windmill Restaurant in Concord - he also likes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. "I'm wide open," Ouellette said. So, too, is the field of prospective Republican presidential candidates, as viewed by voters, elected officials, and strategists in the state.
November 8, 2014
H AGEN LEE, 34, of Germantown, is founder & CEO of WeHUB Messenger, a messaging app with 11 patent-pending features. WeHUB, which publicly debuted in app stores last month, is free for users. It combines features from existing communications apps with unique ones into one unified messaging platform. Lee, a 2014 Wharton alum, formerly worked at LG Electronics and Samsung. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for WeHUB? A: We wanted to build a mobile, multifeature messaging app. We believe this is still the first generation of messaging apps and the potential is huge for a second-tier platform.
October 29, 2014
M IKE DERSHOWITZ, 39, of Bryn Mawr, is co-founder and president of ModSolar, an Ardmore B2B company that supports solar installers. ModSolar, which began in 2011, has a software platform enabling the installer to use a satellite snapshot of a customer's roof and design the ideal solar array on a mobile device or web browser, reducing expenses. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for ModSolar? A: I was at a home show and noticed home-improvement and solar companies making sales pitches and few used technology.
September 18, 2014
T ESS MICHAELS, 20, of University City, is a social entrepreneur and a Penn senior pursuing a dual degree in management and life sciences. The Philly native is the founder and CEO of Soceana, a startup that launched in January with tech-enabled platforms to generate social good. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Soceana? A: I volunteered a lot in high school and saw a need for a unique approach. At Wharton, I found that the corporate space was an effective way to bridge volunteerism with philanthropy.
April 1, 2014
B RENDAN McCorkle, 33, of North Philadelphia, is CEO and co-founder of CloudMine, a Midtown Village startup with a software platform that mobile-app developers use to build back-end solutions. CloudMine lets developers focus on the front end of apps, features that users touch. Q: Where did you get the startup money? A: We got $20,000 from Dreamit Ventures to launch, which was seed money. We've raised $2 million to date from mostly local investors. Q: What's the biz do?