That there isn’t much of [a startup community in Philadelphia]. Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t lots of people doing great stuff, but there just isn’t enough. It’s young. People are still figuring out how the whole thing works. From a larger perspective, most of the technology people in Philly metro are connected to big tech, finance or biotech firms or companies that service them as clients.
I also want to make the distinction between the tech community and the startup community. The community of people involved with design and technology is vibrant. It’s driven from grass roots and it’s bad-ass. That doesn’t directly translate to lots of jobs working at start ups or start up clients.
– Kevin Fitzpatrick
Finally, somebody who is unabashedly honest about Philadelphia’s place in “high tech as business”. Maybe it’s because Kevin is safely located 3000 miles away compared to the the 100 miles between Philly and New York and doesn’t risk being pelted with ice-balls. 🙂
I’ve taken the last year relatively quietly, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching everything that’s going on. I’ve also NOT spent most of 2010 from a desk at Indy Hall, so while my bias is clearly laid, I’ve been able to achieve some new perspective that was hard to get when surrounded by the ethos of Indy Hall every day.
I have a lot on my mind for 2011 and I’m extremely excited about the growth opportunities that the independent technology and creative community have within their grasp. A remarkable number of thoughtful leaders have emerged in the last 2-3 years, and their visions are beginning to crystallize in bigger ways than I ever imagined for this city.
New communities on the fringes of one another are courting each other in ways that I haven’t seen in the last 4 years. That’s brilliant.
At the same time, I, for one, appreciate Kevin’s distinction between the “tech community” and the “startup community”. The “tech community” is building a foundation for the future. Meanwhile, with a handful of remarkable exceptions, the “startup community” seems to building a future based on a present where everybody complains about what they don’t have yet. Not enough attention. Not enough capital. Not enough talent.
Yawn. Go read a book and call me when you wake up from your dream world of entitlement and neediness.
I’m still looking for more voices in the Philadelphia “startup community” that lead by example of unique Philadelphian success rather than an example of applied gospel from elsewhere. I know I’m not alone in this search. It’s simply not good enough to be a leader in Philadelphia, we need leaders FOR Philadelphia.
The “startup community” in Philadelphia may be growing, but it’s uninteresting, uninspired, and safe.
If you want to challenge me, members of the “Philly Startup Community”, I suggest you challenge yourself, first.
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