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Alex Hillman: A Founding Father of Coworking at Independents Hall

8/17/2018
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Alex Hillman is the cofounder of Indy Hall, one of Philly's first ever coworking spaces. Indy Hall today features around 350 independent entrepreneurs and freelancers. But, back in 2006, when Alex was a freelancer himself, freelancing wasn’t so common and could be pretty lonely. Alex loved the independent life, but he missed the camaraderie found in the workplace. So, he set out to find his peers. In this episode, you’ll hear how his group of fellow independents grew, and how they had the...

Duration:00:49:40

Lindsey Scannapieco: Repurposing Bok into South Philly's Creative Hub

8/9/2018
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Lindsey Scannapieco is the Managing Partner of Scout, an urban design collective that specializes in repurposing vacant and underutilized spaces. Their claim to fame so far is the Bok building, a giant, 8-story vocational school that takes up an entire city block in South Philly. The Bok School was closed in 2012, but in 2014 Lindsey bought the building with a grand vision - she would lease pieces of it to creatives, who would use the building’s maker spaces for their original purpose,...

Duration:00:51:45

Thomas Dixon: The Man with External Memory

8/1/2018
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Thomas Dixon was born-and-raised in Philadelphia, and would go on to receive a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience at Ursinus. One morning in 2010 , while he was working at CHOP towards becoming a Child Psychologist, an unexpected accident would change his life forever. Thomas would suffer a brain injury and develop Episodic Memory Loss, meaning that he could no longer remember specific details of anything that happened before a given day. He originally turned to...

Duration:00:43:53

Yasmine Mustafa: Undocumented Refugee Turned Social Entrepreneur & CEO

7/26/2018
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Yasmine Mustafa is a social entrepreneur fueled by a passion to leverage technology for good. She's the CEO of ROAR for Good, a certified B-corp aimed at reducing assaults against women using smart safety wearables and empathy education. Before that, she founded and sold her first company to a prominent content marketing firm in Silicon Valley. Yasmine brought Girl Develop It to Philadelphia, a non-profit providing affordable opportunities for women interested in learning software...

Duration:00:49:39

Miguel Dalmau: Comedian & American Immigrant

7/17/2018
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Miguel Dalmau is a comedian who has appeared on TruTV, BET, and MTV. His comedy album, Thank You, That's My Time can often be heard on Sirius XM Radio. He is also the host of the American Immigrant podcast, where he interviews other immigrants who are pursuing their dreams. In this episode, Miguel chronicles his escape of poverty and an abusive father in the Dominican Republic. He shares his discovery of comedy while growing up in NYC, and how he turned to comedy as a way to get by when...

Duration:00:40:08

Todd Carmichael: Reality TV Star & Canned Draft Latte Inventor

7/10/2018
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This is Part 2 of a two-episode series. Todd Carmichael (IG: @todd_carmichael) is the Cofounder and CEO of La Colombe Coffee Roasters. He and his cofounder JP Iberti started the first La Colombe Cafe in Rittenhouse in 1994, and today it has 30 locations nationwide. Todd also invented the Canned Draft Latte, which took only 1 year to be found in 60% of all stores in the US. Todd holds the world record for the fastest solo trek from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole, and he hosted...

Duration:00:46:46

Todd Carmichael Part 1: Creating La Colombe Coffee & Almost Dying in Antarctica

7/3/2018
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Todd Carmichael (IG: @todd_carmichael) is the Cofounder and CEO of La Colombe Coffee Roasters. He and his cofounder JP Iberti started the first La Colombe Cafe in Rittenhouse in 1994, and today it has 30 locations nationwide. Todd also invented the Canned Draft Latte, which took only 1 year to be found in 60% of all stores in the US. Todd holds the world record for the fastest solo trek from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole, and he hosted Dangerous Grounds on The Travel Channel for...

Duration:00:49:59

Becca Craig: The Baker Behind Beyoncé's Birthday Cake

6/25/2018
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Becca Craig (IG @chefbeccacraig) is the Executive Pastry Chef at Cake Life Bake Shop in Fishtown. She recently was a contestant on The Food Network's Best Baker in America, and previously baked behind-the-scenes on TLC's Bakery Boss. Her biggest claim-to-fame, though, is that in 2017 she baked Beyoncé's birthday cake. In this episode, we hear the story of how watching the Food Network with her Craigslist roommate inspired her to start baking as an art form, and how her career quickly rose...

Duration:00:44:17

Erica Atwood: Social Justice Thought Leader

6/13/2018
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Erica Atwood (@ericainphilly) is currently the CEO of First Degree Consulting, LLC. Erica has served as the interim executive director of the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, which is the city's police civilian oversight board. She was the first Director of Black Male Engagement for the City of Philadelphia. She has also led External Affairs & Community Engagement for the Mayor’s Office and was Deputy City Representative serving as a protocol officer and overseeing management of...

Duration:00:35:25

The Designer of Health: Bon Ku, M.D.

6/5/2018
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Bon Ku, M.D. (@BonKu) is the Assistant Dean for Health and Design and an Associate Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He is the founder and director of JeffDESIGN, a first-of-its-kind program in a medical school that teaches future physicians to apply human-centered design to healthcare challenges. Bon has spoken widely on the intersection of health and design thinking (TEDx, South by Southwest, Mayo Clinic Transform, Stanford Medicine X,...

Duration:00:36:13

Mr. Big 5: NCAA Men’s Basketball Coach Fran Dunphy

5/30/2018
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Fran Dunphy has been the Head Coach of Temple University's Men's Basketball team since 2006. Before that, he served as the head coach of Penn's basketball team for 16 years. He's got an M.B.A. from Villanova, and he was a star player and later Assistant Coach at La Salle. In this discussion, we talk about his journey from being a player to being the most celebrated coach in Philadelphia Big 5 history. He shares what it's like to guide student athletes through the pressures of the national...

Duration:00:35:36

The Reason We Have Nice Things: HipHop Artist Chill Moody

5/22/2018
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Chill Moody (@chillmoody) is a HipHop artist, entrepreneur, and activist. Born and raised in West Philadelphia, he started by making beats in his parents' basements and quickly rose to the top of the Philly hip hop scene. He was named 'Best Rapper' by PhillyMag and is the official Philadelphia Music Ambassador as named by City Council. He also founded lifestyle brand "nicethings," which includes a consulting firm, clothing line, record label, and even an IPA. In this discussion, we hear...

Duration:00:40:43

The Girl Who Fought Cancer With Lemonade: The Story of Alex Scott

5/14/2018
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Alex Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was just a few months old. She would undergo various cancer treatments her whole life. When she was four years old, she thought it was time for her to give back. She decided to raise money to fund cancer treatments for other kids, and she wanted to do so by holding a lemonade stand. This idea started a national movement that would thrust her into national fame, including appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show. Today,...

Duration:00:54:09

The GURU of Philly Tech: CEO Rick Nucci

5/7/2018
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Rick Nucci (@ricknucci) is the CEO and co-founder of Guru, a cloud knowledge management suite used by companies such as Shopify, Square, and Airbnb. Before Guru, he co-founded Boomi, a cloud integration service that was aquired by Dell in 2010. Rick has also served as President of Philly Startup Leaders, a large community of local entrepreneurs and startup founders. In this conversation, we talk about the trials and tribulations of founding a tech company outside of Silicon Valley in the...

Duration:00:42:28

1: The GURU of Philly Tech: CEO Rick Nucci

5/7/2018
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Rick Nucci (@ricknucci) is the CEO and co-founder of Guru, a cloud knowledge management suite used by companies such as Shopify, Square, and Airbnb. Before Guru, he co-founded Boomi, a cloud integration service that was aquired by Dell in 2010. Rick has also served as President of Philly Startup Leaders, a large community of local...

Duration:00:42:28

Introducing "Philly Who?" - Philly Who?

4/27/2018
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“Philly Who?” is a new podcast telling the stories of the doers, thinkers, and performers of Philadelphia. From up-and-coming game-changers to well-known legends, you’ll dive into their past, present, future, and how it all contributes to The City of Brotherly Love. Hosted by Kevin Chemidlin. Music by Lee Rosevere.

Duration:00:02:59