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.