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Etsy for Gaming Tools? Meet the Philly Startup That Wants to Help You Ace That Video Game

March 1, 2019

Once upon a time, video games were pretty basic. Consider Pac-Man, the chomping mouth that devoured small dots while moving through a maze. Now, games are so complex that players need Excel spreadsheets, calculators, and troop-deployment schedules to wage virtual wars, capture castles, and build strategic alliances with players in other states and countries. Having […]

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Would You Use a Start-Up to Sell Your Home? This Philly Company is Betting You Will

January 18, 2019

It’s a phrase that countless start-ups use when they feel as if they have gained enough traction: “We’re the Uber of (fill in an industry here).” There are companies like Instacart and AmazonFresh, considered disruptors of the grocery industry. There’s Roadie, the delivery service that connects people who have stuff to send with drivers already heading that way. Even […]

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InstaMed’s Stellar Growth Fueled by Surging Patient Payments

September 26, 2018

InstaMed, a Philadelphia tech company that handles payments for the health-care industry, is expecting to post $58 million in revenues this year, a 27 percent increase over 2017. Founded in chief executive Bill Marvin’s condo on Washington Square, InstaMed recently expanded its headquarters at 18th Street and JFK Boulevard to include a third floor. The […]

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The Inquirer’s 2018 Stellar StartUps Winners Named at Gala

September 14, 2018

A man with a cooking passion since childhood. High school friends who bonded over a chemistry project. A former EMT whose on-the-ground experience triggered a desire to figure out a better way to get patients to medical appointments. They are among the Inquirer’s 2018 Stellar StartUps winners. From nearly 100 contenders, winners in nine categories […]

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And the 2018 Stellar StartUps Finalists are …

August 23, 2018

This year, we received nearly 100 applicants for the Inquirer’s third annual Stellar StartUps contest recognizing some of the region’s best new companies. And from them we have 30 finalists in nine categories. The finalists The following is the complete list of 2018 Stellar StartUps finalists. Winners in each category, along with a grand-prize winner, will be announced […]

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University City Science Center Names New President and CEO

July 30, 2018

Three months after being forced out as CEO of the investment firm Safeguard Scientifics, Stephen Zarrilli has been chosen to be the next president and CEO of the University City Science Center, starting October 1, the center announced Thursday. A member of the center’s board of directors since 2014, Zarrilli will assume the role almost a year after the former president […]

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America’s Robot Future: Rajant Celebrates New HQ, Plans For Growth

July 17, 2018

Is automation destroying familiar jobs, reducing drudge work, collecting more information than anyone expected, and opening opportunities? Yes, yes, yes, and yes, say Robert Schena and Paul Hellhake, founders of Rajant, a leader among Pennsylvania’s growing network of automation hardware and software firms. Several of them, including Rajant, are backed by the state-funded Ben Franklin […]

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How Philly Start-up RoundTrip Helps Ease a Huge Health Problem: Getting a Ride to the Doctor

April 16, 2018

In health care, innovation has transformed so much that was once a painful, protracted experience. Brain surgery can now be done with beams of radiation instead of knives. Some colonoscopies with the swallow of a vitamin-size, camera-enhanced capsule. Knee replacement without slicing the quadriceps muscle. But what often remains tortuous, time-consuming, and far from reliable […]

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Advanced Absorbent Technologies LLC is Bringing Dignity to Incontinence Products

March 23, 2018

Joe Howard, a Pittsburgh native with an MBA and a sales and marketing background in specialty steels and ketchup, isn’t a flashy guy. But he sure has a flair for magic. From his black shopping bag of tricks, he pulled a beaker filled with 100 milliliters of water, a clear-plastic drinking cup, and a gallon-size […]

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This Philly-Made Tool Can Help You Train Your Brain to Calm Down

December 8, 2017

When Clark Griswold tried to blanket his home in Christmas lights, an electrical glitch rendered the facade completely dark. But it was his gruff in-laws who added insult to injury. “Beautiful, Clark,” said one. The other called it a “silly waste of resources.” This is a scene from the 1989 classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. But you don’t […]

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