July 8, 2016 |
How big a bet is Comcast placing on smart-home gadgets and monitoring services, on the whole Internet of Things/connected-home revolution? Enough so that Comcast's Xfinity Home division is introducing its own line of smart-home products. And the company recently agreed to purchase the iControl Converge software platform and engineering talent pool. iControl powers the home-security and automation platform for Xfinity Home, as well as IoT services for other cable companies (Cox, Rogers, Time Warner, and Bright House)
January 10, 2016
Future plans include: Buying a property in Germantown for a commercial kitchen that will be available to other small businesses. Establishing a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) venture at the Germantown site. Debuting lip balm at home-furnishings retailer West Elm. Expanding the product line beyond lip balm. Putting out a limited-edition product, with profits going to musicians. Having a presence at the South by Southwest music/film/interactive- media festival in Austin, Texas.
July 16, 2015 |
By Harold Brubaker Picwell, a Philadelphia start-up with a system that analyzes 900,000 variables to help consumers evaluate health insurance plans, said it completed its first significant round of venture capital financing, raising more than than $4 million. The lead investor was MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., of Springfield, Mass. Picwell, founded in late 2013, can help employees choosing between different plans offered by their employer save the equivalent of one paycheck per year, Picwell CEO Jay Silverstein, said in an interview last month.
June 26, 2015 |
Just two years after hawking his first slabs of home-cured bacon at the Lansdowne Farmers Market, Ari Miller is preparing to take his artisanal charcuterie nationwide. 1732 Meats, his new, 4,000- square-foot plant in Yeadon, recently received USDA certification and began production. Miller is hoping for the same reception around the country that he's gotten from local chefs for his high-quality, sustainably raised salumi. "The quality of Ari's product is unmatched as far as domestic salumi is concerned," said Joe Cicala, chef and partner at East Passyunk's Le Virtu and Brigantessa.
June 6, 2014 |
IN THE shadows of a Southwest Philadelphia shed, 6-year-old Patricia Holte laid the foundation for a deliciously successful enterprise. Much too shy to interact with the other neighborhood children on 84th Street, the quiet first-grader sought refuge behind her family home with just cats, dogs and butterflies for company. Armed only with ketchup, salt, and a handful of jalapeno peppers, little Patsy would lose herself in those moments, fantasizing that she was cooking for her adoring fans.
December 6, 2013 |
MICHAEL VICK twice compiled passer ratings of 100 for three games in a row. He began the 2010 season at 101.9, 108.0 and 119.2. In doing so he stole the starting job from Kevin Kolb. He finished the lost 2011 season at 107.0, 107.9 and 104.1, a meaningless run but one that supplied hope for the next season; a meritless hope, as it turned out. The Eagles were 5-1 in those six games. The common denominator: Vick played behind healthy, cohesive starting offensive lines. Nick Foles now has compiled passer ratings of at least 100 for four games in a row: 158.3, 149.3, 104.3 and 112. In doing so, he stole the starting job from Vick.
October 25, 2013 |
What do you do if you have more than $145 billion in cash on hand - enough, say, to pay off Detroit's bankruptcy nearly eight times over? If you're Apple, you use some to update much of your product line in time for the holidays. You build on your lead in some areas, and answer competitors' advances in others. Oh, and you cut your laptop and desktop prices by a couple hundred bucks, and start giving away key software. Apple's pitch has always been that it charges more for premium products built around an integrated hardware-software ecosystem.
October 5, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Next month's Philadelphia Marathon will feature tight security as expected, but the 20th anniversary of the event will also feature something else not quite anticipated: a title sponsor. Mayor Nutter received a new pair of Brooks Ghost running shoes with Gore-Tex technology on Thursday as he announced that one of the city's premier events would have a new official name, the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon. The marathon's association with Gore-Tex "is a winner, clearly, for us," Nutter said, because it "raises the city's profile across the nation and world.
June 4, 2013 |
Editor's Note: This column is sponsored by TD Bank. The opinions and analysis expressed here reflect the views of the authors alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TD Bank, N.A. or its affiliates. It was a serendipitous meeting that could prove to be a turning point for Antoine and Kenosha Skinner and their fledgling spice company. At the very least, it was a really cool encounter for two small-business novices trying to make a name for their Momma Vi's all-natural, gluten-free, free-of-iodized-salt, hand-blended seasonings.
May 15, 2013
Kenneth Battelle, 86, the hairdresser who gave both Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe their calling-card hairdos in the 1950s and '60s, died Sunday at his home in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Kevin Lee, creative director of Mr. Battelle's company, said the hairdresser would be remembered for "creating modern-day hair. " Mr. Battelle, who was born in Syracuse, N.Y., made a splash in the worlds of fashion, celebrity, and socialites with his style of movement and shine instead of the stiffer looks popular with the previous generation.