Today in Philly Tech History 1/2/12: Versus rebranded as NBC Sports Network

Two year ago today, Comcast's NBC Sports relaunched the Versus cable channel as the NBC Sports Network, one part of a strategy reflecting Comcast's broader ambitions in sports programming. NBC Sports established a new headquarters in Stamford, CT.; previously Versus had been based in Philadelphia. Comcast also rolled up its regional sports networks, including CSN Philadelphia, under NBC Sports.

The new network kicked off with coverage following the NHL Winter Classic, which was played that afternoon at Citizens Bank Park and shown on NBC. The Rangers beat the Flyers, 3 to 2.


Philly Tech News' Top 2013 Stories

Tom Paine

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This is a collection of the most interesting, not necessarily most read, stories I covered on Philly Tech News during 2013.

Since I am generally only one person,I can't cover everything in-depth and I am sure there
are important things not included here. My focus has been on:

  • Following the developing contest between Comcast, Charter and other cable operators to consolidate the cable industry. Watching the challenges from over the top (OTT) delivery methods to the traditional cable model, as well as the continued growth of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH). Also important in 2013 was Comcast buying out the remainder of NBCU.  
  • Covering the enterprise software market, both large & small, as SaaS and the Cloud continue to gain share, Amazon Web Services soars, and everyone attempts to adjust to the new technology. Also, the continuing evolution of SAP's HANA in-memory platform.
  • Reporting on trends in the eCommerce industry, which I find to be perhaps the most active and dynamic area for innovation in the Philly Tech ecosystem. 
  • Covering dramatic changes occurring in healthcare IT and clinical trials technology.
  • Continuing to track the best young startups in the area via Philly Tech News Young Companies to Watch, which has been expanded to 50
    companies (although a few of those have recently been acquired).

I also want to thank Esther Surden, Editor & Publisher of NJTechWeekly, for working with me and sharing excellent content with me again this year.

12/30: Pre-New Year's Surprise: PTC acquiring Exton-based ThingWorx for $112 million + potential earnout

12/17: All in the (Insight) family: Unitrends buys PHD Virtual to compete against Veeam

12/12: Epicor moves Americas ERP headquarters from Yardley to Bensalem & planning for growth

12/7: Campbell Soup's Pearl Harbor Day SpaghettiOs tweet draws attention, mixed reaction (Update: tweet removed with apology)

12/1: US 1 reports on Rosetta founder Chris Kuenne's new PE firm, Rosemark Capital Group

11/22: Report: Comcast considering Time Warner Cable bid? Update: Could be joint bid with Charter

11/18: Deloitte releases Fast 500: MeetMe #3?; Here are Philly area representatives

11/17: Wrapup: Philly at Dreamforce 13 (with more company news)

11/15: CIA CTO Gus Hunt joins LLR Partners

11/13: Begin the IPO watch for Monetate

11/9: Looking Back on Hurricane Sandy and the Tech Community, One Year Later

10/21: IMPACT 2013 Venture Summit in Philly, starting today, features 50 presenting ventures

10/18: On heels of Veeva Systems' mega IPO, a look at its Philly ties and vision for life sciences IT

10/11: The big deal: Alibaba leads $206 million round in ShopRunner

10/10: Philly to get a giant new ecommerce/retail tech stock, of sorts: QVC Group

10/2: Three big deals: SAP Ventures; Heartland Payment Systems; LLR Partners

9/17: Rick Nucci's new gig: Venture partner at FirstMark Capital

8/29: King of Prussia-based Greenphire builds alliances to reach large global clinical trial payments market, as Sunshine Act takes effect Ranked #191 on Inc. 500

8/24: Comcast highlights for week: Roberts spends time with Obama on Vineyard; WSJ on Steve Burke

8/2: Reported Charter-Cox talks, Cablevision comments raise cable M&A speculation; Comcast's view

7/31: Conshohocken's eMoney Advisor an important (but quiet) Philly software firm

7/22: SAP: McDermott to become sole CEO in 2014

7/19: Quintiq: The largest Philly-area software firm most people have never heard of

7/9: Delco insurance software firm InsPro Technologies sees continued rapid growth

7/2: Will Comcast respond to Malone's cable acquisition ambitions?

6/27: SaaS Life Sciences vendor Veeva Systems, with significant Radnor (& now Ft Washington) presence, annnounces IPO plans

6/24: Seeking growth, SunGard Availability looks to Managed Services, expands Cloud strategy

6/20: GSI Commerce renamed eBay Enterprise

6/19: MentorTech Ventures joins MissionOG in CloudMine round

5/28: Updated, revised and expanded: Philly Tech News Young Companies to Watch

5/18: Tableau's market value soars past that of competitor QlikTech on first day of trading

5/3: Philly's Connexus Technology focuses in on emerging areas of Healthcare IT

4/3: Monetate's new CFO David Stetson

3/29: Phorum Philly '13 Highlights: PeopleLinx wins "Best in Show"; Philly Enterprise Hackathon 2013 announced

3/22: More on out of home digital advertising startup Vistar Media

3/18: Phorum Philly 2013, to be held this Thursday (the 21st), has a different focus, but same quality as last year's program

3/14: New Hope-based MeetMe names COO, myYearbook co-founder Geoff Cook CEO; focuses on monetizing growing mobile traffic

3/11: California-based Cloud Pharma CRM & CMS vendor Veeva Systems, with sales & marketing based in Radnor, may seek IPO

2/25: Artisan Mobile (formerly appRenaissance) launches mobile development platform, Artisan Optimize

2/22: 451 Group research note on Dell Boomi has some interesting info

2/12: Comcast to buy rest of NBCU from GE for $18.1 billion

2/5: SAP HANA consultant John Appleby, UK-based Bluefin Solutions set up shop in Philadelphia

1/15: Bain Capital invests $150 million in Wilmington-based SevOne

1/6: Johnson & Johnson among area enterprises implementing Workday HCM

V3 Hot Seat: Workday CEO, Aneel Bhusri (
Didn't know Bhusri grew up in New Jersey. Wonder where?

Will DirecTV keep its Sunday Ticket football package or punt? (LA Times)