UPDATE (1/25/2010 @ 4:30pm): Rumor has it that Philadelphia is now going to be included in the Fast Company list of top startup cities! Here’s what Brad Feld writes below in the comments:
“I predict you will see Philly in the Fast Company series. I’ve already made intos for them there for an interview. They’ve expanded the list of cities beyond the original five (Boulder, NY, Seattle, Boston, and Austin). Philly is in the next batch.”
This is an amazing conclusion: You spoke and, with Brad’s help, Fast Company listened!
Most entrepreneurs have no idea about the magical things happening in Philadelphia.
Let’s change that.
If you were interviewed by Fast Company, how would you answer the question, “Why should you start a company in Philly?”
I gave my answer on Fred Wilson’s blog, but I don’t think I captured it. That’s why I need your help. Here’s what I wrote:
We have one of the tightest startup communities of significant size in the country. It’s built at the grassroots by the entrepreneurs who depend on it. It’s also deeply integrated into our thriving tech and indie communities. This integration makes Philadelphia a remarkably creative, collaborative place to launch a startup.
Because we’re not in our second decade as you are in New York, we have much more of a self-help ethos. It has led us to discover that more than anything else — more than advice from investors, service providers, academics, economic development folks — startup entrepreneurs need each other.
This do-it-yourself approach is reflected in our Philly Startup Leaders manifesto. And it drives the other anchor tenants of our creative scene: Indy Hall, Barcamp, Ignite, Technically Philly, MakePhilly, The Hacktory, Hive76, Refresh Philly and on and on.
We’ve seen startups move here from New York and some move to New York from here. I’m thrilled to see New York thrive and excited to build more bridges between our communities.
We can do better than this. Philly is a community-powered city, so we should give a community-powered answer to why entrepreneurs should start a company here.
This blog post is meant for us to answer this question together. So let’s start the conversation in the comments!