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Starting Up

business
8 minute read

Joe Petrucci has taken a snapshot of the state of tech startups in Philly as this week’s feature on Flying Kite. He titles it an “underdog” story, an apt reference to a part of the Philly attitude that we know so well from our history.

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Indy Hall 4 Year Photobooth

community
1 minute read

Just one more moment of brilliance from Indy hall members:

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Technically Philly Q&A

coworking
2 minute read

If I had to pick the lead-in to be used on every piece of press I get from today until the day I die, it’d be the lead-in that Chris Wink wrote for my Q&A on this past Friday’s edition of Technically Philly.

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4 Years of JFDI

coworking
6 minute read

Bart had just handed me the telephone.

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Becoming Better

philadelphia
1 minute read

Reading this old letter (circa 2005) from prolific but otherwise anonymous writer/programmer/artist Why the Lucky Stiff, I’m reminded of the simplicity and playfulness that’s always driven me.

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A Hall Pass for Bureaucracy – Code for America Philadelphia

business
5 minute read

I haven’t really had a chance to talk much about Code for America since the team was in Philly. I won’t go into what the program is or how it works, because frankly I don’t think I can do a better job than their about page. But I really enjoyed having the CFA fellows in town e...

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Funding in Philadelphia – The Empty Can Rattles the Loudest

business
6 minute read

Yesterday I shared my opinion that professional & personal relationships – not jobs – are the key to student retention in Philadelphia.

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What we can do about students leaving Philadelphia after graduation

business
4 minute read

Retention is a big problem everywhere, and here in Philadelphia it’s no exception.

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Designing Coworking for Collaboration

coworking
3 minute read

Deskmag just published a piece about a Dutch incubator’s research project about physical proximity and collaboration. Among the things that stood out to me, these two sentences had the most tips for what was happening in space design as related to collaboration:

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Philadelphia: Making it Cool to Care

philadelphia
3 minute read

Indy Hall and Young Involved Philadelphia are partnering to help capture the reasons that people love Philly as our own Valentine’s Day celebration, including a party this Thursday. I’d encourage you to share reasons you love Philly on Twitter and include the hashtag “#whyilov...

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How Thomas Fuchs Develops Webapps in 2011

business
1 minute read

My friend Thomas Fuchs, who also happens to be the author of Scriptaculous, also just authored a list of his “power tools” that he uses while creating badass webapps with his wife & co-conspirator Amy Hoy. He surprised me at the end – not because he’s wrong, but because I ...

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Preserve this. Reinforce this. Remember this.

community
1 minute read

Spotted this on the new IgnitePhilly website in the about section. It was from a 2008, Philly’s first Ignite. It resonated deeply then and still does now.

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What Turned Us On – A 2007 Retrospective

business
2 minute read

In the summer of 2007, before Indy Hall was a place but was undeniably on the path of becoming a thing, we had a group of people who met on a semi-regular basis for a Junto, an event modeled on Ben Franklin’s “gatherings of mutual self-improvement”. P’unk Ave still holds them ...

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Getting back to Growth Part 1: Indy Hall

business
3 minute read

2010 was different.

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The Gap Between Coworkers and Co-workers isn’t the Hyphen

business
1 minute read

My buddy Jonathan Finnegan (a.k.a. Finn, or that guy who Karaoke’d “The Humpty Dance” and “Just a Friend” with a broken arm at Cogaoke in years past) asked me,

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Institutions are not Designed for Revolutions: On Economic Development and Coworking

business
5 minute read

Among the interesting growth patterns I’ve seen as coworking has begun to make the transition from nascent “nerd clubs” to mainstream is varying instances of support from Economic Development Centers/Councils/Committees/Corporations .

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Don’t Try to Name Us

philadelphia
1 minute read

“Philly kicks ass. The creative class term, though, always comes off to me as a way for someone else to co-opt the work of the doers. Don’t try to name us.” – Geoff DiMasi

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Not Just Another Self-Involved Tech Scene

business
1 minute read

Philadelphia’s tech community is special.

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Coworking as a Business: It has nothing to do with profit

coworking
3 minute read

In 2007, when Geoff and I sat down to figure out how to make Indy Hall a real place for the real people we’d already recruited, we made a decision to operate it as a business.

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A Story of Discovering Potential

coworking
3 minute read

Just over a year ago, Parker Whitney showed up at Indy Hall during our search for an intern.

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