Philly Tech People News 1/31/2010

Kenexa Names Kevin Horigan as President of Global HR Technology (Marketwire)

ShopNBC Names Multichannel Retailing Veteran Bob Ayd as President (Marketwire)

Technology Industry Veteran John Gavin Joins QlikTech Board of Directors (PR Newswire)

Canoe Hires Former HBO General Counsel Redpath
Replacing Davis, Exec Reports To CEO Verklin
(Multichannel News)

Krewson named Variety.com editor
Online vet comes from Philadelphia Inquirer
(Variety)


I-many Hires Gaurav Verma as Vice President of Solutions Marketing (Marketwire)

Aklero Process Solutions Hires Chief Technology Officer (DSNnews.com)

IKON Expands Comprehensive Managed Document Services Offering to Leverage Its Suite of Leading Technology and Services (Business Wire)

The Simon Group Hires Jena Stauffer as Marketing Specialist (PR Newswire)


They're listening to your online postings (Philly.com: Philly Deals)

Record Turnout Ushers in 2010 at Mobile Monday’s 3rd Annual DEMO Night (Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic)

Philagrafika 2010: Temple Gallery (Printeresting)
Philly printing & graphic design festival opened this weekend.


Blue Bell's UniTek to combine with Berliner Communications

Blue Bell telecommunications services company UniTek USA will combine with Berliner Communications to become UniTek Global Services, Inc. The unified company projects annual revenue of about $360 million. While UniTek is not now publicly traded, Berliner is currently listed on the OTC market (OTC: BERL ) and the new company will assume that listing under the UniTek name.
UniTek private equity backer HM Capital Partners will control approximately 80% of the combined entity. C. Scott Hisey, Founder and CEO of UniTek USA, will become CEO of the Company. Peter Giacalone, President of UniTek USA, has been appointed Chairman of the Company.

Press Release.




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Daily Links 1/27/10: Comcast to launch IPv6 trials

SAP Sees Sales Growth After Fourth-Quarter Net Falls (Bloomberg via Business Week)

Deutsche Bank to replace legacy systems with SAP (Computer Weekly)

Comcast launches IPv6 trials
ISP to test transition mechanisms for next-gen Internet services starting in Q2
(Network World)

Sen. Kerry: Comcast-NBCU questions can be resolved (Reuters)

Leno Turmoil ‘Frustrating’ as Comcast Awaits NBC Deal, CEO Says (Bloomberg via Business Week)

Frantic Steve Jobs Stays Up All Night Designing Apple Tablet (The Onion)

High and Low Tech Companies Seeking up to $3 Million Encouraged to Apply for 12th Annual Angel Venture Fair (Business Wire)

Tyco Electronics profit beats view; shares jump (Reuters)

SEI Reports Fourth-Quarter 2009 Financial Results (PR Newswire)

Report: Government Smart Grid Standards Process Slowing Down the Market (GigaOM via New York Times)

Oracle-Sun: Strategy set; Will buyers go for the integrated stack? (ZDNet Blogs)

Bentley's Integrated Structural Modeling Brings Structural Engineers Into Integrated Project Workflows (PR Newswire)

Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2010 Financial Results (Business Wire)

Coworking Debuts in Wilmington
Verge Business Group Launches The coIN Loft with Open House on February 12, 2010
(Verge Business Blog)




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Daily Links 1/26/10: Verizon to cut another 13,00 jobs

Verizon Sales Miss Estimates on Drop in Business Subscribers
(Bloomberg via Business Week)

Verizon FiOS Growth Slowing Down
Telco also continues to lose DSL subscribers
(Broadband Reports)

Verizon To Cut 13,000 More Wireline Jobs; Sees No Wireless Capacity Issues From Smart Phones (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

Comcast/NBCU File Deal With Justice (Multichannel News)

Ametek Q4 profit up 18 pct (Reuters)

AMETEK Acquires Sterling Ultra Precision
Acquisition Strengthens AMETEK's Position in Niche Ophthalmic Lens Market
(PR Newswire)

IBM About to ‘Initiate’ Major MDM Purchase? (Seeking Alpha)

Oracle Cramdown Vs. SAP Kumbaya? (Information Week: Global CIO Blog)

MoneyTree: Worst venture year since ’97 (Philadelphia
Business Journal: Technology Blog)

Forget Cable’s WiMAX Dreams: Cox Trials LTE Network (GigaOM)

Oracle Sues Rimini Street For 'Massive Theft'
Rimini's heavily discounted support offerings for Siebel, JD Edwards, and PeopleSoft apps are illegal, Oracle claims in court documents.
(Information Week)

SunGard Availability Services Expands Operations With New Data Center in Northern California (PR Newswire)

Acorn Energy Announces Preliminary Revenue for 2009 up 51% versus 2008; Sets 2010 Guidance (PR Newswire)

Philadelphia unveils new high tech mobile command post
(WHYY)

Neighborhood IT Center Opens in Logan Section of Phila. (KYW Newsradio)




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Daily Links 1/25/10: Demo Night at Mobile Monday tonight

Electric car firm Better Place raises $350 mln (Reuters)
Founded by former SAP exec Shai Agassi.

Apple Q1 '10 financials - All-time highest revenue and profit (ZDNet Blogs)

Biden's son, Beau, opts out of Senate race (USA Today)

Ten local mobile tech developers to show off at Demo Night (Philly.com: Philly Inc)

Justice Department approves Ticketmaster, Live Nation merger -- with conditions (LA Times: Company Town)
As part of agreement, Comcast-Spectator has signed letter of intent to acquire Ticketmaster
subsidiary Paciolan Inc.

Brightcove Wants To Take “TV Everywhere” Beyond Your Cable Company’s Video Website (TechCrunch)

A Consummate Diplomat: Comcast’s Kerekes Knows the Art of the Deal (Multichannel News)
Named by Multichannel News as one of its "Wonder Women" for 2009.


The lingering effects of SAP’s bungled Enterprise Support rollout (IT Knowledge Exchange: SAP Watch)

Microsoft and the Corporation for National and Community Service Launch New Initiative to Promote Student Leadership in the Classroom (PR Newswire)
Program will include Parkway West High School in Philadelphia.

Funding Available for Non-Profits (Going Wimax)
WiMax grants available in Chicago and Philadelphia.

New Android-Based WiMAX Devices Expected This Year (WiMax.com)

Lockheed Martin Launches Smart Grid Command and Control Software Suite (PR Newswire)




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SAS Is Fortune's Best Company To Work For (Information Week: Global CIO Blog)

Infor Looks to Raise Profile With Personnel, Strategy Moves
(IDG via New York Times)

SunGard Launches MyWealthSeries Delivered via SaaS (Information Management)

To get NBC, Comcast still has persuading to do (Associated Press
via Forbes)


No Joke: TSA Uses Gag Drugs at Security Gate
Passenger accused of carrying powder shocked by practical joke
(NBC Philadelphia)


PricewaterhouseCoopers MoneyTree 2009 Venture Results Out; Big Drop in Philly Area

Although there was slight improvement in the fourth quarter, venture capital investments in the Philadelphia area fell to $424 million in 2009 from $754 million in 2008, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers MoneyTree data released tioday. Fourth Quarter 2009 investments were $142 million versus $126 million in 2008.
There were 28 deals in the fourth quarter and a total of 89 for the year, compared to 149 reported last year.
Today's report provides only aggregate data; detailed deal-by-deal data is expected out on February 1.

See today's press release here.




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Daily Links 1/22/10: Comcast names new President for Cable Ops

Comcast Cable Names Neil Smit President
Former Charter CEO to Be Responsible for All Cable Operators
(Multichannel News)

Comcast to fight FCC ruling on sports telecasts (Philadelphia Inquirer)


Filling the pipes
(The Deal Magazine)

One Of These Venture Firms Is Not Like The Other (Wall Street Journal: Venture Capital Dispatch)
First Round Capital.

Oracle President Admits Affair After Billboards Appear (New York Times: Bits)

Java's Future Uncertain Under Oracle Grip (PCWorld)

SAP: Voice of the Customer (ZDNet Blogs)

Avencia adds support for OpenStreetMap (GIS Development)

First Round capital represented by CresaPartners New York in the leasing of their NYC office. (Cresa Partners: New York
Blog)




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Daily Links 1/20/10: FCC Requires Cable Firms to Share Local Sports Channels

FCC Set to Close Cable Program Access Loophole (Associated Press via ABC News)
FCC Votes To Close Terrestrial RSN Exemption
Count Is 4-1; McDowell Expects To See Court Challenge
(Multichannel News)

Comcast Replaces McAfee, Widens Security Program (PC Magazine)


NYC Seed Launches Summer Incubator for Startups (Read Write Web via New York Times)

RES Software Continues to Drive Global Expansion with New North America (Business Wire)

SAP User Group Claims Victory In Support Battle (Information Week)

Tyco chairman: No merger mania despite big buy (Philly.com: Philly Deals)

Princeton announces plans for new research computing center at Forrestal (News at Princeton)

Zycus Receives Red Herring Global 100 Award (Business Wire)

SunTec Wins the Prestigious Red Herring Global 100 Award (Business Wire)

Presenters and keynote announced for 3rd annual Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic DEMO Night (Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic)

Five Consecutive Years of Growth for Portico Systems
Integrated Provider Management Solutions Position Health Plans for Competitive Advantage in a Post-reform Market
(Business Wire)
Portico says it has several open positions its trying to fill.

Law Firms in Heartland Cases Criticizing Proposed Settlement (Credit Union Times)

CoPilot Live now offers almost complete nav app for free (The Unofficial
Apple Weblog)
CoPilot is based in Princeton.



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Daily Links 1/18/10: O'Brien, NBC near deal

Source: NBC-Conan O'Brien Deal Imminent
O'Brien expected to leave 'The Tonight Show'
(Broadcasting & Cable)

Verilogue hears what patients say (Philadelphia Business
Journal)

Mining for drug data flourishing (Philadelphia Business Journal via Triangle Business Journal)

Neurosurgeons going paperless at convention (Philadelphia Inquirer)

New Verizon FiOS Bundles Deliver Unprecedented Two-Way-Fast Internet Speeds and More High-Def TV Choices (PR Newswire)

The Grill: John Chen
The Sybase chief says he's excited to capture what he predicts will be double-digit growth in data-intensive mobile applications.
(Computerworld)

Waiting for Flexible Displays and Flexible Devices (New York Times: Bits)
Universal Display of Ewing, NJ has been a pioneer in developing flexible displays.

Ciscorola (Light Reading: Cable Digital News)

Swiss Farms Adopts Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail as It Prepares for Expansion (PR Newswire)

The 2nd Annual Wharton Alumni Business Plan Competition (Wharton Club of New York)




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Doctors drowning in insurance paperwork
Administrative expenses cost the U.S. health system hundreds of billions a year. The goal? A standardized, digital process.
(Philadelphia Inquirer)

Ending Our Advertising Relationship With BigDeal (TechCrunch)
Michael Arrington dumps First Round Capital portfolio company.

Comcast Remote DVR Scheduling is Here! (For Some) (Zatz Not Funny!)

Verizon FiOS Mobile for Android Released (Zatz Not Funny!)

CoreTrace increases revenues 500% (Austin Business Journal)
Company had origin in Philadelpia.


Philly Tech People News 1/17/2010

SAP Strengthens Customer Focus and Brings Innovation Faster to Market through New Organizational Structure
(PR Newswire)

Channel Veteran Gilroy Joins SAP (Channel Web)

Tyco Electronics Appoints Chuck Dougherty as President, Communications & Industrial Solutions (PR Newswire)

Comcast Inks Long-term Deal With Ted Harbert
Exec to lead Comcast Entertainment Group through 2016
(Broadcasting & Cable)

CardioNet, Inc. Appoints New Chief Financial Officer (Business Wire)

Gary R. Morris Named President of The Judge Group
CEO Martin Judge promotes member of executive team to President
(Business Wire)

Acsis Board of Directors Appoints Marc Friend as Chairman of the Board (Business Wire)

Herley names Thonet chairman, Pocalyko to board (Associated Press via Business Week)

Cadient Group Expands Executive Team to Focus on Future Growth
Healthcare Marketing Solutions Provider Appoints Barry Winn to Vice President of Business Development
(PR Newswire)

Digitas Health Appoints Fifth Physician to Science and Medicine Department
Dr. Gautam Gulati Joins as Vice President; Brings Clinical, Public Health and Business Expertise
(PR Newswire)

Archer Group adds four to its Interactive staff (Philly Ad Club News)

Wilson Legal Solutions Appoints Greg Murphy as Vice President, Information Technology (PR Newswire)

Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group names Hibberd chairman (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Encorium Re-Appoints Dr. Kai Lindevall as Chief Executive Officer and Appoints Current Director, Shahab Fatheazam, Chairman of the Board (PR Newswire)

ShopNBC Taps Industry Veteran Bill McGrath as Vice President of Quality Assurance (Marketwire)




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Poe descendant to select the writer's home (Associated Press via Lancaster Online)

Structure? The Flatter, the Better (New York Times: Corner Office)
Interview with Cristóbal Conde, president and C.E.O. of SunGard

SAP Blows Huge Opportunity With Timid Support Changes (Information
Week: Global CIO)

Media News Group Set for Bankrupcy, Says Operations will be Unaffected (Media Bistro: BayNewswer)


Daily Links 1/13/10: Philly Fed Chief sees 3-3.5% growth in 2010

Roberts Tells Genachowski There Are No Quick Retrans Fixes
Comcast Chief Says FCC Needs To Assess Whether "Different Approaches' Are Needed
(Multichannel News)

Comcast wants "clear rules," even if it means net neutrality (ars technica)

Philly Fed's Plosser sees GDP growth at 3-3.5% for 2010 (Philly.com:
Philly Inc)

Beige Book-Philadelphia-
January 13, 2010
(Federal Reserve Board)


Amtrak To Add WiFi, Upgrade Fleet (Wired Blogs: Autopia)

salesforce.com Ready for Acquisition Trail? (24/7 Wall Street)
Berwyn's Boomi could be one logical candidate.

Moto Sells EMEA Docsis Modem Biz (Light Reading: Cable Digital News)

Governor Rendell Announces $2.25 Million in Federal Funds to Help Expand Reliable, Affordable, High-Speed Internet Access in Pennsylvania (PR Newswire)

Study: Pa. Should Skip Tax Breaks for Tech Firms (Associated Press via ABC News)
Study conducted by Union-aligned organizations.


Copy Cat: Xerox Unveils Plan For Addressable TV Ads, Says It Could Rival Branded Entertainment
(MediaPost: Media Daily News)
I'm sure Xerox will make a lot of money off of this, just like they did with Ethernet, the GUI and the Mouse.

SAP PARTNERS SPARE CUSTOMERS’ CASH FLOW WITH HOSTED SOLUTIONS
CIBER, itelligence, Optimal and RunE2E Offer Midsize U.S. Customers Industry-Specific SAP® Business All-in-One Solutions at Fixed Subscription Cost and Minimal Up-Front Investment

(SAP Press Release)

Analytical Graphics _ Space Foundation Discovery Institute — Great Grant! (Satnews Daily)

MEDecision Completes Successful 2009 as Demand for Health Information Exchange Grows (Business Wire)

BFTP/NEP Releases 2009 Annual Report for Download (BFTP/NEP)



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Daily Links 1/12/10: BioLeap gets $5 million in Financing

Google's investment arm to grow partner ranks (Reuters)
Google Ventures teams up with First Round Capital on VigLink.

BioLeap, Inc. Secures $5M Series A Financing from Adams Capital Management and Quaker BioVentures
(Business Wire)

Will 2010 be mobile advertising’s big year? (VentureBeat)

Check Out Boston's Mobile Tech Scene (Silicon Alley Insider)

Mobile Apps Provider Flurry Poised For Growth (MediaPost: Online Media Daily)

Private Vegas meetings between Comcast, FCC (The Hill: Hillacon Valley)
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, I guess.

'Would Comcast Have Created Google?' (The Atlantic Wire)

Princeton scientist focuses on future of laser technology
(Times of Trenton)

BPM Pure Play days numbered with Progress acquisition of Savvion (OnStrategies Perspectives)

ARIS for Independent and Occasional BPM (IT Business Edge)

Jaspersoft 3.7 reaches high into enterprise, and Oracle's backyard (ZDNet Blogs)

Verizon Wireless: We spent $163M in Phila. area (Philadelphia Business Journal: Technology Blog)

First Phase Of Verizon FiOS Build Coming To An End
Company will now focus on improving uptake in existing markets...
(Broadband Reports)

Environmental Tectonics Corporation Announces Third Quarter and Year To Date Fiscal 2010 Results (PR Newswire)

Adaptive Digital Technologies Announces Two Complete Suites of Industry Standard, VoIP Voice Engine Software for Android™ (Newswire
Today)



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First Round Capital RoundUp: 1/11/2010

More from First Round's "Startup Trek" of incubators and shared workspaces in NYC last week: NYC-based Entrepreneur in Residence Charlie O'Donnell writes "What I learned on the First Round Startup Trek" (includes video clips). O'Donnell also explains what he sees as his role with First Round in this post for The Business Insider.



First Round was reported this week to be an initial outside investor in Jelli, a crowdsourcing service allowing individuals to indicate their song preferences and influence the playlists of traditional radio stations, such as Live 105 in San Francisco.

First Round portfolio company Aggregate Knowledge of San Mateo CA has raised an additional $9 million, increasing its total funding to date to $34.5 million. (It is not clear whether First Round participated this time.) Aggregate Knowledge has shifted its business model from being an ecommerce recommendation engine to providing display ad analytics to marketers, as Venture Beat explains. Also on the display ad front, Philadelphia-based Invite Media announced it had invaded the UK and Europe with the opening of its London office. Invite Media provides what it calls the first universal buying platform for online display media

Jingle Networks, the free directory assistance company (Free411), raised another $6.75 million to increase its total funding to almost $90 million. CEO Scott Kliger says "all of our current investors participated in this round", TechCrunch reports ; First Round Capital and Comcast Interactive Capital were existing investors. There are questions as to whether Jingle is profitable on a cost per call basis, but Kliger says "the voice service is profitable" and the additional investment will be used to expand its mobile ad network.

The New York Times reported how one investment firm is creating a "fund of funds" including venture capital, which might make it easier for large institutional funds to participate in relatively smaller VC funds such as First Round. Also, Fred Wilson weighs in on the "larger portfolio/smaller portfolio" issue, using First Round as a comparison to Union Square.

The Times also does a writeup on Pittsburgh online apparel retailer ModCloth, which First Round invested in.

First Round portfolio company Pinch Media has merged with Flurry; the two companies will combine their expertise in tracking and measuring the use of mobile applications. The merged company, which will operate as Flurry, may seek additional funding this year.




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NBC sets Jay Leno's prime-time exit and return to late night; still no deal with Conan O'Brien (LA Times: Company Town)


Issa: Comcast-NBC deal "will go through" (The Hill: Hillicon Valley)

Skype’s CEO says companies (like Comcast) are squelching innovation (VentureBeat)

Pfizer to cut 680 jobs at 2 Pa. sites (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Highly ranked Wyeth IT operations particularly hard hit.

Philly Phanatics
High viewer standards in DMA #4
(Broadcasting & Cable)


Daily Links 1/7/10: Comcast/FCC appeals case over internet practices on tomorrow

FCC To Defend Reprimand Of Comcast For Internet Practices (Dow Jones via CNN Money)

Comcast CEO (again) rules out NBC move to cable (Radio Business Report/Television Business Report)

Motorola Strengthens IP Video Portfolio With Strategic Acquisition (PR Newswire)

Motorola at CES
(Media Experiences 2 Go-Motorola Blog)

Motorola Expands Media Mobility Solutions to Video Service Providers (PR Newswire)

CES 2010: Microsoft Expands IPTV Platform To Handle 'TV Everywhere' (Multichannel)

DivX TV: Online Television, No Box Required (Mashable)
This DivX product is the outgrowth of DivX's acquisition of AnySource Media of Malvern last September. I believe some of those people remain in Malvern (in fact, internet job postings suggest they've been looking to hire several people out there).


BuLogics Introduces World's First Wireless Controller for Smart Grid Metering
Bridges Z-Wave and ZigBee Technology Standards
(PR Newswire)

Oracle Buys Data Quality Vendor
DataLens technology will bolster Oracle's data hub, supply chain, and ERP applications, the database giant says.
(Information Week)

QlikView Offers the First Business Intelligence Application Built on Android (PR Newswire)


SEI to Add Loan Automation, Data Feeds to Outsourcing Services (Bank Systems & Technology)

MCCC Introduces iPhone Apps Programming Course (Montgomery County Community College)

Unisys, CardioNet are the best and worst local stocks for 2009 (Philly.com: Philly Inc)

University HealthSystem Consortium gets access to Executive Health Resources information (Philadelphia Business Journal)




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Daily Links 1/6/10: Justice Department to Study Comcast Takeover of NBC

First Round Capital Takes A Tour Of NYC’s Start-Up Scene
(Wall Street Journal: Venture Capital Dispatch)

Outsourcing entrepreneurs: How the EU lets startups slip through its fingers (VentureBeat)

Kenexa: Piper Turns Cautious; Awaiting Job Growth (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

Verizon's FiOS ETF: $360 Starting January 17
Verizon only acknowledging 'changes' coming...
(Broadband Reports)

Verizon fights for 40% FiOS penetration, two-day deployment (Telephony Online)


Justice Department to Study Comcast Takeover of NBC (Bloomberg)

Tennis Volleys Program Carriage Complaint Against Comcast
Network Says Comcast Favors Own Networks; Wants To Improve Its Sports Tier Positioning

(Multichannel News)

Thomson Reuters to Create Data-Driven Profiles of World's Leading Research Institutions (PR Newswire)

Lockheed Martin to cut 1,200 jobs (Philadelphia Business
Journal)

XIPWIRE Launches Mobile Payment Service
(Business Wire)

Yuxi Pacific Announces Mobile Remote Deposit Capture for iPhone (PR Newswire)

Private Equity Firm Buys Rock-It Cargo (Journal of Commerce)

SAP 2010 collapse and other nonsense (ZDNet Blogs)

Vexed Tech to SAP, Oracle: Shut Up Those Shrieking Servers
(IDG via New York Times)

C&D Technologies Awarded Contract for Development of Large-Format Lithium-ion Batteries (PR Newswire)

$30 Million in New Contracts Awarded to WPCS (PR Newswire)



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Daily Links 1/5/10: Internet Capital Group acquires control of GovDelivery

Two old-school tech stocks were a dichotomy in 2009
Commentary: Investors treat Unisys, NCR differently despite similar challenges
(MarketWatch)

What’s First Round Capital Looking For In Their Investments? (CenterNetworks)
On First Round's New York tour.

Cox, Motorola Join 'Digital Locker' Group DECE
Consortium Announces Common File Format, and Selects Authentication Provider, DRM Vendors

(Multichannel News)

Internet Capital Group Buys GovDelivery (PE Hub)

Sen. Kohl to hold antitrust hearing on Comcast-NBC Universal merger (Washington Post: Post Tech)
While they are at it, the senators should take a look at whether Sen. Kohl's NBA team gets special treatment under antitrust laws.

Is poor software design damaging your business? (Computer Business Review)
On Philly's Electronic Ink.


Thomson Reuters buys Discovery Logic, will be part of Healthcare & Science unit
(Philadelphia Business Journal)

T-Mobile upgrades 3G footprint to HSPA 7.2 (FierceWireless)

Blogger Relations at SAP (Enterprise Irregulars)

How Boards Should Deal With M&A
A conversation between two experts.
(Forbes)
Using SAP as an example.


InfoLogix Announces 1-for-25 Reverse Stock Split (PR Newswire)

Minneapolis completes municipal Wi-Fi network (MuniWireless)




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First Round "New York City Startup Trek"

First Round Capital will hold a "New York City Startup Trek" tomorrow, January 5, between 9:30 am to 7 pm.  A group of First Round VC's will tour 8 different incubators and temporary work spaces around the city, conducting walkthroughs and "meet and greets".  See schedule here .




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Growing AWeber helps small businesses manage their email marketing

When people hear of AWeber Communications, the Huntingdon Valley email marketing firm, they probably envision a gentleman named Weber (presumably Al) busily roaming the premises. But there is no such person; AWeber stands for Automated Web Assistant. The real person behind the business is Tom Kulzer, who founded it in 1998 at the age of 21 while selling modems and studying at York College.

Unlike some other major email marketing firms in the area, such as Listrak of Lititz, AWeber focuses on serving smaller customers. Kulzer has built a business that helps over 70,000 mostly small businesses manage their email marketing programs, the company says. Despite the negative image of some types of email marketing due to spam, the opt-in (permission-based) email marketing business has been growing rapidly, even through the recession. AWeber, which had 5 employees in 2004, now has 50, and moved from a 4,500 square foot space to 24,000 square feet in August.

AWeber provides small businesses with automated tools for running their email marketing programs. The key is the "autoresponder", which automatically delivers a series of followup emails to subscribers after they sign up. Other services include programs which help customers design email newsletters, an analytics package, and subscriber management tools. AWeber also claims to have excellent email deliverability rates do to strong anti-spam monitoring and close communications with ISPs, among other factors. In addition, Aweber has a large affiliate marketing program that many of its own customers are users of. There are a multitude of competitors, but major ones include Constant Contact (NASDAQ: CTCT) and iContact.

AWeber was also honored in December as one of the best places to work (among medium-sized businesses) in Pennsylvania.

AWeber recently acknowledged they were hacked before Christmas; Here is the company's statement on the incident (also see this commentary). I'll keep you updated on further developments.






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Daily Links 1/4/10: Public interest groups call for antitrust probe of TV Everywhere

Public interest groups call for antitrust probe of TV Everywhere (Washington Post)

Thinking of Hiking Up Billable Rates? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t (Wall Street Journal: Law Blog)

Chegg Founder’s New Startup Raises $7.5 Million (paidContent)
Josh Kopelman is apparently an individual investor in the stealth ebook startup.

Thomson Reuters Acquires Discovery Logic, Inc (PR Newswire)

2009 RJMetrics Year In Review (The Metric System)

Invite Media Opens In UK; Discusses European Opportunity (AdExhchanger.com)
Interview with Nat Turner.

Innovation Inspired by Economics: 2010 Health IT Forecast (iHealthBeat)




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People News 1/3/2010

DecisionOne Appoints New SVP, Sales and Marketing (PR Newswire)

MISTRAS Group, Inc. Appoints Michael Keefe as General Counsel
(PR Newswire)

Lucinda Holt, CEO of ClickEquations, has been named an Eisenhower Fellow for 2010, she announced on her blog, Cereal CEO

Janney Investment Banking Continues Expansion
Charles Mather joins Janney to support Capital Markets
(Business Wire)

McCarter & English Continues to Expand in Philadelphia With Hiring (LawFuel.com)

Volpe and Koenig Adds New Shareholder (Company Release)

Matt Kesner is now Vice President-Sales for Solution Exchange, LLC of West Chester. He was previously Executive Account Manager at EPIUse. Solution Exchange specializes in marketing SAP- related software.




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Connected, not just online.
Media may be even more social than some think
(Philadelphia Inquirer)

Cable TV Standoffs Threaten Viewing Costs, Choices (Associated Press via New York
Times)

Cenero provides link to video-conferencing (Daily Local News)


Frederick Beste III - Program that helped transform Lehigh Valley economy faces challenges (Allentown Morning Call: Opinion)