Ericsson CEO Ekholm Says 5G Is Starting to Happen (Bloomberg Video)

Will SoFi expand into biz lending with its Zenbanx acquisition?

Tom Paine

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From Axios' Pro Rata (Dan Primack), on SoFi's recent deal to buy Claymont, DE-based Zenbanx, from a conversation with SoFi CEO Mike Cagney:

""Will SoFi expand into biz lending? "That's a very active dialog we have here, particularly with the Zenbanx acquisition that's synergistic to the business side. I think we'll decide that soon... One thing we are going to do first is launch a practice loan for doctors and dentists where they can borrow money to start their own businesses.""

The 2017 PACT Enterprise Awards finalists have been named

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The 2017 PACT Enterprise Awards finalists have been named. The PACT Enterprise Awards will be held on May 18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

While some of these firms are well established and known in the Philly Tech community, others are like spotting the best prospects in minor league baseball baseball heading towards the majors. PACT's committee has a good record in picking high achievers.

Last year's winning technology startup, energy data firm NavPort, was acquired in December by Canada's RS Energy Group, with backing from Warburg Pincus.

Philly Tech News profiled QuantaVerse (Technology Startup nominee) in December. The Wayne-based Fintech venture won the "Peoples' Choice" award at PACT's IMPACT 2016 Capital Conference in the fall, and has also been nominated for benzinga's Global Fintech awards.

Regulatory DataCorp, King of Prussia (Technology Emerging), was acquired last summer by Vista Equity from Bain Capital Ventures. It is in a field roughly similar to QuantaVerse, though at a more mature stage, as it provides software and data which helps financial institutions and others identify regulatory risk.

GSI Health, Philadelphia (Healthcare Innovator), is in the emerging field of Population Health Management systems.

AlphaPoint, Berwyn (Technology Startup), develops blockchain-powered enterprise solutions.

Below are all the 2017 Enterprise Awards Finalists:

Investment Deal
Safeguard Scientifics/NewSpring
Tabula Rasa
Sponsors: Broadpath and Grant Thornton

Technology Company
EPAM Systems
Evolve IP
Sponsor: Comcast Business

Technology CEO
Billtrust, Flint Lane
IMS Technology Services, Jill Renninger
Quench, Tony Ibarguen
Sponsor: Cozen O'Connor

Technology Emerging
Regulatory DataCorp (RDC)
Workplace Dynamics
Sponsors: Fox Rothschild and EisnerAmper

Technology Startup
Alpha Point
Roar for Good
Sponsors: Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Pepper Hamilton

Healthcare Innovator
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
GSI Health
Inovio Pharmaceuticals
Sponsor: Independence Blue Cross

Healthcare CEO
Excellis Health Solutions, Greg Cathcart
Phlexglobal, Rick Riegel
The One Health Company, Christina Lopes
Sponsors: EY and Morgan Lewis Bockius

Healthcare Emerging
VenatoRx Pharmaceuticals
Sponsor: RSM

Healthcare Startup
PolyCore Therapeutics
Sponsor: University City Science Center

2/27: Comcast to Stream YouTube on X1; Apple and SAP Enterprise Partnership Launching First App in Marc

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Comcast to Stream YouTube on X1 Boxes (Multichannel News)

No AT&T-Time Warner merger review expected: U.S. regulator's chairman (Reuters)

AT&T Entertainment CEO Touts Rising Importance of Content (Hollywood Reporter)

MWC 2017: Apple and SAP Enterprise Partnership Launching First App in March (MacRumors)

Foxconn Rides Wave of 'iPhone 8' Expectations (Bloomberg)

Report: Amazon may launch new AWS productivity suite to take on Microsoft and Google
(Geekwire) Earnings Preview: Billings, M&A Outlook Eyed

PMV Pharma gets $74M boost for personalized chemistry (Med City News)
PMV Pharma is based in Cranbury, NJ.

Sequential Technology plans to grow workforce at Bethlehem data center it acquired from Synchronoss (Allentown Morning Call)

Is it the end of Verizon's printed phone books? Google and mobile phones threaten yellow pages (

Sunday Highlights: Philly-area real estate guru Nakahara joins Comcast board; Exyn unveils AI to help drones fly autonomously

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MobiTV raises another 21 million dollars (InformITV)

Post Cable Networks (Jon Steinberg CEO/Founder @ /Medium)

Philly-area real estate guru Nakahara joins Comcast board (

Exyn unveils AI to help drones fly autonomously, even indoors or off the grid (TechCrunch)

SoftBank set to invest more than $3 billion in WeWork (CNBC)

Cloud companies are eyeing cell services, Nokia CEO says (PCWorld)

March 23-26 for Women’s History Month

March 23-26 for Women’s History Month

Philadelphia, PA – Moore College of Art & Design presents a four-day festival of animated feature and short films created by women, along with Meet-the-Artists discussions, an Adobe Creative Jam, and the annual panel featuring women game designers.

In conjunction with Women’s History Month, the “2017 MooreWomenArtists: Women in Animation Film Festival” begins Thursday, March 23, and continues through Sunday, March 26, in Stewart Auditorium on the College’s campus at 20th Street and The Parkway.

The Film Festival comes at a time when Moore is looking forward to graduating its first group of students majoring in Animation & Game Arts in May. All events are open to the public and admission is free. The schedule for the Festival, sponsored by Adobe and Animation Magazine, is as follows. For more information:

Thursday, March 23: 6:30 pm
Game Changers: Women Making Games
Kat Webster from Bioware, Lauren Brown from EA Games along with other women working in games and animation will discuss their creative process, careers and how they are affecting change in the industry. The panel will be followed by Q&A with the audience and a reception with the panelists. Admission is free.

Friday, March 24: 7:00 pm
Shorts Program #1 & Window Horses
A program of juried animated shorts by women will be followed by Asian-Canadian filmmaker, writer and visual artist Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses (2016) featuring the voices of Sandra Oh and Ellen Page. Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming) follows Rosie Ming (Sandra Oh), a young Canadian poet of mixed descent who grew up believing her father abandoned her. She's been invited to perform her poetry at a festival in Iran, where she finds that what she'd been told as a child may not necessarily be the entire truth. The film will be followed by a Meet-the-Artist Q&A. Admission is free.

Saturday, March 25: 1:00 pm
Shorts Program #2 & Emily Hubley screens works by Faith Hubley
This afternoon of animation will include a different juried program of shorts by women and then American filmmaker and animator Emily Hubley will screen a program of films by her mother and animation pioneer Faith Hubley, who died in 2001. Faith, who often collaborated with her husband, John, combined elements of myth, jazz, and a deeply felt humanism in her films, which included the Academy Award-winning shorts Moonbird (1959), The Hole (1962), and A Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature (1966), as well as the Oscar-nominated Windy Day, Of Men and Demons, Voyage to Next and A Doonesbury Special. The film will be followed by a Meet-the-Artist Q&A. Admission is free.

Saturday, March 25: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Adobe Creative Jam Tournament & Presentations
Adobe will present a Creative Jam event where local thought leaders share a behind-the-scene peek into their processes and projects; meanwhile, teams compete in a tournament that puts their creative skills to the test using Adobe Creative Cloud. The tournament begins at 5:00 pm in Moore’s studios and will be followed with presentations by thought leaders and the winning teams in Stewart Auditorium and a reception in Widener Memorial Gallery. Participation and admission are free. For more on this event:

Saturday, March 25: 8:30 pm
Jessica Ciocci’s Animation Mix Tape
Jessica Ciocci is a founding member of the Pittsburgh, PA/Providence, RI art collective Paper Rad. The collective creates comics, zines, video art, net art, MIDI files, paintings, installations and music, and has work exhibited in major museums and galleries, including The New Museum of Contemporary Art and Deitch Projects. Ciocci’s work includes drawing, painting, craft, home-recording, photography, performance and animation. Her animated program will be loosely-based on her audio collage mix tapes and include a fully integrated video collage of inspiring women animators whom she admires. The screening will be followed by a Meet-the-Artist Q&A. Admission is free.

Sunday, March 26: 3:00 pm
A Family Friendly Animated Feature Film
Several animated works created by women are being considered. The selection will be announced soon.

Sunday, March 26: 7:00 pm
Shorts Program #3 & Rocks in My Pockets
The evening begins with the third juried program of animated shorts by women and continues with Rocks in My Pockets directed by Latvian-native Signe Baumane. Now living in New York City, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Film worked for independent animator Bill Plympton and later went on to create her own animated films, including Birth and Rocks in My Pockets. A story of mystery and redemption, this moving work is based on true events involving Baumane and four other women in her family, exploring their battles with depression. It raises questions of how much family genetics determine who we are and if it is possible to outsmart ones’ own DNA. The film will be followed by a Meet-the-Artist Q&A. Admission is free.

Moore launched the MooreWomenArtists Film Festival in spring 2016, which was inspired by the College’s MooreWomenArtists website, an online destination for all women visual artists to share ideas, issues, successes and histories.

Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's visual arts college for undergraduates. The College's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district, surrounded by world-class museums. The College offers ten bachelor of fine arts degrees for women and four coeducational graduate programs. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, Continuing Education Certificate programs for professional adults, the acclaimed Young Artists Workshop, The Art Shop and Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

Saturday Highlights: Veeva defied detractors when it launched a cloud life sciences biz a decade ago; Softbank and Foxconn to deepen ties with joint venture

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Veeva defied detractors when it launched a cloud life sciences biz a decade ago (TechCrunch)

Tech groups Softbank and Foxconn to deepen ties with joint venture (Reuters)

A self-driving Uber ran a red light last December, contrary to company claims
(The Verge)

Buffett Says $100 Billion Wasted Trying to Beat the Market (Bloomberg)
Calls Jack Bogle a hero.

German software firm to enter Richmond area
(Richmond Times-Dispatch)
-Considered Philly.

Internet of Things in the enterprise: The state of play (ZDNet)

Why the FCC delayed new privacy regulations for AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast
(Christian Science Monitor)

Philadelphia-based LLR Partners files for fifth fund

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Philadelphia-based LLR Partners has filed with the SEC for it fifth fund (LLR Equity Partners Parallel V, L.P.), as reported by ProRata. The amount it is targeting for the new fund was not disclosed in the filing.

LLR EQUITY PARTNERS IV, L.P., which closed in 2014, raised $950 million.

2/24: Honeywell sues Icontrol & to block competitors from merging; Roku raising new funding round

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Honeywell Sues Icontrol & to Block Competitors From Merging (Security Sales & Integration)

Tableau, Microsoft, Qlik Lead Gartner's BI & Analytic Platforms Magic Quadrant
(CMS Wire)
Qlik still in leader's quadrant, but slipped a bit from last year.

Biggest Mistakes To Avoid When Reading the Magic Quadrant (Cindi Howson / Gartner Group)’s sweet solution for EDI-to-ERP e-commerce integration (Diginomica)
Using Dell Boomi.

Jornaya Introduces Tool Ensuring TCPA Compliance on Leads from Facebook Ads
(Mobile Advertising Watch)

Comcast gets portion of Viamedia’s $225M local ad monopoly suit tossed (FierceCable)

Roku Raising New Round of Funding (Fortune)
At a reported $1.5 billion valuation.

Does radio have a future? Philly's Entercom makes $4B leap with CBS Radio deal (

Surge of New Capacity Expected in Top US Data Center Markets This Year
(Data Center Knowledge)
Northern Virginia continues to lead the way.

UPDATE: $100M deal has start-up founder eager for Trump bank reforms (Philly Deals)

2/23: Uber troubles; Any review of AT&T–Time Warner merger?

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Lyft launches in 54 more cities across the U.S. (TechCrunch)

Early Uber investors say they’re ‘disappointed’ in the company’s response to sexual harassment claims (TechCrunch)
No comment, as far as I can see, from First Round Capital.

Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division, sues Uber over alleged patent infringement (Ars Technica)

Is anyone gonna review this AT&T–Time Warner merger or what? (The Verge)
Think AT&T's position is that a review is not needed. See below:

Time Warner sells Atlanta TV station for $70M to Meredith as AT&T merger looms (FierceCable)
What the Superstation-now TBS-grew out of. Originally just a UHF channel in Atlanta, and Turner got a satellite uplink. Legend.

Arris Plummets 14% on M&A, ‘Shocking’ Outlook; Raymond James Defend (Barron's Tech Trader)

Attention, Yankees fans: Comcast nearing YES Network return date (

OLED Tech Leader Universal Display Beats Q4 Goals, Will Pay Dividend (IBD)

USA Technologies: Poised To Finally Start Creating Shareholder Value (Nathaniel Grob/ Seeking Alpha)

Infor – ‘Manufacturing is in crisis, digital is about survival’ (Diginomica)

Amazon cites First Amendment protection for Alexa in Arkansas murder case (TechCrunch)

Arrris to buy Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business from Broadcom after Brocade deal closes

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As was rumored and reported upon in January, ARRIS International and Broadcom Limited today jointly announced that they have entered into an agreement for ARRIS to acquire Brocade Communication Systems Inc.'s Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business for $800 million in cash, plus the additional cost of unvested employee stock awards, following the closing of Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade.

Some were skeptical that this deal would occur, but the reports in January were right on target. In addition, Arris' CFO signaled a possible move into wireless at a Wall Street conference in January.

"This portfolio will expand ARRIS's leadership in converged wired and wireless networking technologies beyond the home into the education, public venue, enterprise, hospitality, and MDU segments. ARRIS plans to establish a dedicated business unit within the company focused on innovative wireless networking and wired switching technology to address evolving and emerging needs across a number of vertical markets." Arris said in a statement announcing the deal.

Converged wired and wireless networking technologies, or 'hybrid networks', are the key. As I wrote last month, expect to see Ruckus technology deployed as Arris' two largest customers, Comcast and Charter, introduce wireless offerings this year. Making wireless cell networks and Wifi work smoothly together will be critical to the Cable companies' plans.

From January:

Why Arris might bid on Ruckus Wireless assets? For its own customers, of course