Sunday, March 12, 2006

Philadelphia Internet Companies - Where's Our Current Map?

An front page article in the Sunday Styles section of the Times displayed this map of up and coming Internet companies as a Google map based in Manhattan.

The list included some company names you're probably familiar with:
  • fotolog
  • double agent
  • Homethinking
  • meetup
  • flavorpill
  • gawker
  • treehugger
  • CollegeHumor
  • PubSub
  • NYSIA incubator
  • gothamist
  • nerve
  • The Huffington Post
  • Thrillist
  • Daily Candy
  • eyeblaster
  • cool hunting

    The story and the photo reminded me of the Philicon Alley posters that were created in the late 1990s to identify "who was on the map.", CD-Now, and VerticalNet were all born in Greater Philadelphia.

    Lots of enterprising innovative start-ups are establishing successful business models, gaining customers, and generating revenue in our region today. Our media outlets aren't paying enough attention, however.

    It wouldn't be difficult to find out more about some of the new and exciting firms -- in addition to the numerous business plan competitions, the Science Center, the business incubators, a reporter could visit one of the local MeetUp groups for Internet companies.
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