December 30, 2014 |
It's odd what people recall, but Jeff Westphal, 53, remembers staring at a chopping block in his kitchen when an insight hit him with such force that he changed his entire approach to business. Westphal, chief executive of his family-owned, 900-employee tax software company, Vertex Inc., had come home on a Friday 18 years ago, enthusiastic about taking his family - including three kids, then all under age 6, on an impromptu family camping weekend. His wife objected. Casting her as a stick-in-the-mud, he began his usual approach - a mix of convincing and cajoling.
December 19, 2014 |
Chittaranjan "Chitu" Shantilal Shah, 66, of Norristown, an engineer and respected member of the Indian community in the Pennsylvania suburbs, died Monday, Dec. 15, of unknown causes after collapsing at his home. Born in Mumbai, India, Mr. Shah earned a bachelor's degree in engineering at the Jai Hind College of the University of Mumbai, then came to the United States seeking to better himself and provide a bright future for his family. "My father was an amazing and kind man who has been in this area for over 40 years," said daughter Megha Shah Fitzpatrick.
October 30, 2014 |
When software firms start buying marketing firms, you know something is changing in the way corporate America does business. LiquidHub , the Wayne-based "systems integrator" that customizes business software for Novartis , Subaru , Comcast , Vanguard , and other big companies, plans to announce Wednesday that it has acquired Foundry9 , a 100-person New York digital advertising and marketing agency that targets financial services...
October 16, 2014 |
It wasn't too long ago that the housing market was in the basement and unemployment in construction soared, with more than 25 percent unemployed. That's not the story now. "We're aggressively hiring people around the country," said Jay Lehman, vice president of talent acquisition at Toll Brothers Inc., the Horsham-based home-building company. The good news is the hiring. The tough part is the necessity to bring candidates on board fast, which means moving quickly through what is often the most daunting part of the hiring process - the reference check.
October 8, 2014 |
Unisys Corp. shares tumbled Monday to $20.84, down 11.69 percent, after the Blue Bell-based computer services and systems company said it ousted chief executive J. Edward Coleman, six years after the former Gateway Inc. boss was hired to turn the company around in a howling recession. His board gave Coleman credit for slashing debt and other costs and preparing new services for the fast-changing business-software market. But after years of lower sales and recent weaker-than-expected profits, lead independent director Paul Weaver said in a statement that it was time to search for a new leader for the company, which employs 23,000 worldwide.
October 3, 2014 |
Continuing problems with communications software have further delayed the delivery of refurbished PATCO commuter railcars, officials said Wednesday. The faulty software deals with automatic train control for the cars, so it must be working properly before final operating tests can be completed, said Mike Venuto, chief engineer for the Delaware River Port Authority, owner and operator of PATCO. The final tests, which will involve running fully loaded trains for 500 miles without problems, have been delayed until later this month, Venuto said.
September 15, 2014 |
How do you get a giant creature named after you? The world's largest dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus schrani - Schran's Fearless - honors Adam Schran , founder of a Philadelphia software firm, who looks and sounds as if he is still a student at brainy Haverford College, where he graduated in 1998. Schran's name was pinned on by the dinosaur's discoverer, the rugged, precise scholar Schran calls "Dr. Ken. " That would be Drexel paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara , whose team found fossil bones of the 65-ton creature in Argentina's barren Patagonia region, shipped them home to Philly, and put scholars to work decoding them in his top-floor lab at Papadakis Hall.
August 31, 2014 |
A former supermarket employee was arrested in Radnor on Friday for allegedly "upskirting" - using a cellphone to surreptitiously video unsuspecting women - in another grocery store. Brian Bailey, 52, of the 300 block of West Johnson Street, was arrested and is being held in Montgomery County on a probation violation for a similar crime, said Lt. Andy Block of the Radnor police. Bailey is charged with two counts of invasion of privacy, disorderly conduct, and harassment, according to Block.
August 9, 2014 |
The morning of July 17, Dîner en Blanc opened final Web registration for those wishing to attend its annual pop-up picnic in Philadelphia on Aug. 21. About 10,000 people on a waiting list attempted to log in - and swiftly crashed Dîner en Blanc's registration system, based at international headquarters in Montreal. This was not the first time that the volunteer-run organization (DEB) has encountered online registration glitches over its now third year in Philadelphia. The event itself - whose location is disclosed only moments before its start - has run smoothly.
August 5, 2014
R ANDY RAYESS and Pratham Mittal, both 23, are Penn grads and co-founders of VenturePact, a Center City firm that provides clients with outsourced software development. The firm started in fall 2012 building software services, and evolved into a marketplace last year. I spoke with Rayess, who lives in Old City. Q: How did you come up with the idea for VenturePact? A: We worked at startups and realized they couldn't build software and were always looking for developers.