Meet the Who’s Who of Local Tech Community Builders: Philly’s 100 RealLIST Connectors

What does Philly’s tech community look like and who helps build it?

It’s something we pay attention to all year, but we’ve been taking a closer look during Community Building Month, especially as the definition of community has and will change due to the coronavirus pandemic and shift to remote work and virtual events.

For the past four years, we at have been bringing you lists of promising startups in Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C. and Delaware. Last fall, we launched the inaugural lists of influential and impressive engineers. Now, we’re happy to introduce the next evolution in the RealLIST series: RealLIST Connectors, our roundup of folks working to build their local tech, entrepreneurship and innovation community by linking others with an eye toward future growth and inclusivity.

In this list you’ll see many different initiatives that these leaders have started and organized, but there’s one thing that unites them: It’s not just about them. In the conversations we’ve had over the years, it’s become clear that they care about their city’s tech and business community, and about leaving it better for future generations.


RoseAnn Rosenthal, Jason Bannon and Scott Nissenbaum
President and CEO, VP of marketing and communications, and chief investment officer and EVP, respectively, at Benjamin Franklin Tech Partners.

The organization itself is quite connective, constantly working with new and experienced entrepreneurs, but these three people were called out as the folks who were widely respected and chock-full of local industry knowledge and connections.

Read the full list and article here.