Lufthouse Co-Founder Moves to Philly, Shares Praise for Cleveland Startup Scene


Joan Soskin is the co-founder of Cleveland-based Lufthouse, a startup that "developed a proximity-based technology for museums and tradeshows using iBeacon and Bluetooth," as Technically Media Inc. explains.

She recently moved to the emerging tech scene in Philadelphia, though, and spent time in a recent interview praising the way Cleveland's entrepreneurs do business.

Here are a few Q&A excerpts:

Tell us a little more about the Cleveland tech scene.

I mentioned that tech in Cleveland is closely tied with the startup scene, and that’s true, but there’s also a sense that the term “startup” means something different than it does in other parts of the country. One version of entrepreneurship is trendy right now, but Cleveland — like Philadelphia — has a rich industrial history and a strong healthcare sector. As a startup, it’s important to showcase your strength, and I think the same is true of the city as a whole.

Is there anything from Cleveland’s tech scene that you think Philly should adopt/take cues from?

Being such a newcomer here, it’s still hard for me to tell what’s missing, so it’s entirely possible that someone’s already doing this, but one thing that I really enjoyed in Cleveland were the regular micro-conferences hosted by the organization I mentioned earlier [TechPint]. A bit like Tech Week, but on a much smaller scale, after work or on a weekday. I think it’s a great way to bring the community together across functions with some regularity.

Read the full interview at

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