Monday, July 28, 2008

This Week in Philadelphia (TWIP) for 7-27

Sorry about the late post. Yesterday's storm knocked out my Internet connection, which makes it hard to post to a blog or even look at an on-line Google Calendar. On the plus side, the first event isn't until tonight, so you haven't missed anything yet.

Monday, 28-Jul

YPN -- Professional Development Program on Community Involvement and Volunteerism
6pm - 200 S. Broad Street 7th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19102

Tuesday, 29-Jul

MAC Alliance -- The Philadelphia Metro Quarterly MoneyTree Report Series
7:30am - The Waterfront Technology Center at Camden 200 Federal Street Camden, NJ 08103 -- The Philadelphia Entrepreneur July Meetup
6:45pm - Inquirer Building Schuylkill River Rd Public Room Conshohocken, PA 19428

Wednesday, 30-Jul

Philly IGDA Meeting - Game Demo Night
7pm - 3215 Market Street Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, 31-Jul

Philly BioBreak -- Networking Happy Hour
5:30pm - Great American Pub

Friday, 1-Aug

ASTD -- Writing Winning Proposals! Presented by: Leslie J. Kreithen of The Training Agenda
9am - Strayer University 234 Mall Boulevard King Of Prussia, PA 19406

Monday, July 21, 2008

Fail Early, Fail Often, FailCamp

I was amused to see Alex Hillman's tweet about FailCamp, which is happening, I guess, this Saturday at Indy Hall. The idea behind it is great -- you only really learn from your failures, so sharing your failures with other means ever that much more learning.

I'm game -- it sounds like fun, and maybe even a little cathartic. The only thing I find daunting is the 9 hours of failure sharing that has been scheduled! That must be a scheduling failure.

While I'm not sure that you only learn from your mistakes, failing can be a very creative experience, one that can bring about real change. It forces you to take risks that you never would have taken otherwise. Ken Dugan at Basecamp Business tells me that one of the predictive characteristics of entrepreneurs is unemployment -- no where to go but out on your own, and who needs a job really anyway?

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

This Week in Philadelphia (TWIP) for 7-20

Lego Buzz Aldrin

Today is the 39th anniversary of the Moon Landing. Would I be dating myself to say that I remember a conversation with my dad when I was a small boy, looking up at the moon, and talking about how no one had ever been there? It seemed incredible that it had never been done, and it was magical when it happened just a few short years later.

I find it amusing, in a scary sort of way, that half the entries in a Google search for "moon landing" address the idea that the moon landing was a hoax. That probably says more about the nature of the Internet and the way Google serves it up to us than about the moon landing. Google is not always our friend.

There are a few things happening here on Earth this week, and very few of them are hoaxes, even though some of them are being held at secret locations. Don't believe me? Go see for yourself!

Tuesday, 22-Jul

Michael Port & Associates -- Book Yourself Solid
8:30am - Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia 1701 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Philadelphia Business Journal -- Power Breakfast with the Head of the Federal Reserve
7:45am - Morton's, The Steakhouse 640 W Dekalb Pike

Accelerated Networking Luncheon – eWomenNetwork
11am - Union League

LeTip of Center City Philadelphia -- Weekly Meeting
11:30am - Dave and Buster's 325 North Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia

LinkedIn Live Philly -- Summer Networking Event
6pm - Undisclosed location, Cherry Hill, NJ

The Hacktory -- Arduino Input/Output with the Danger Shield
7pm - Nonprofit Technology Resources 1524 Brandywine Street Philadelphia, PA 19130

Wednesday, 23-Jul

Michael Port & Associates -- Book Yourself Solid
8:30am - Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia 1701 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Thursday, 24-Jul

NAWBO Philly -- Philadelphia Chapter New Member Coffee
9am - Margolis

Square 2 Marketing -- How to Drive Sales for your Company Using the Internet
9am - Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, DiBona Room 200 Sounth Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Network Now -- Website 101 Workshop
10am - Bucks County Coffee 22 North Main Street Doylestown, PA 18901

NAWBO Philly -- Health Solutions for Women-Led Businesses
2:30pm - Aetna, Inc., Building 2 Auditorium, Ground Floor 1425 Union Meeting Road Blue Bell, PA 19422

Association for Corporate Growth -- Member Networking - Summer Cocktails
5:30pm - Maia 789 East Lancaster Avenue Villanova, PA 19085

Friday, 25-Jul

GPSEG -- NJ Chapter Subgroup Meeting: Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and SaaS
7:30am - Doubletree Guest Suites 515 Fellowship Road North Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

ChemPharma -- Mastering the Rockefeller Habits-David Carter, President, ACTION Coach
9am - Career Concepts 140 West Germantown Pike, Suite 150 Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Saturday, 26-Jul

NAAAP -- From Geek to Chic: How to Manage Your Career Successfully in the US
6pm - Rae 2929 Arch St. Philadephia, PA 19104

Photo uploaded by Balakov. Note the reflection of the "Earth" in Buzz Aldrin's visor.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

This Week in Philadelphia (TWIP) for 7-13

Monday, 14-Jul

Philly Ad Club -- Summer Golf/Tennis Outing and Auction
10am - Radnor Valley Country Club 555 Sproul Road Villanova, PA 19085

SMART -- SMART Greater Philadelphia Networking Lunch
11:30am - Union League 140 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

PhillyCHI -- Higher Education Web Symposium
6:30pm - University of Pennsylania

Wayne Presbyterian Church -- Career Networking Program
7:30pm - Wayne Presbyterian Church, 125 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne

Tuesday, 15-Jul

Global Advantage Institute -- Innovation and Sustainable Growth: Are you ready for the next business/economic cycle?
8am - 1800 John F Kennedy Blvd. Suite 300 Philadelphia, PA 19103

LeTip of Center City Philadelphia -- Weekly Meeting
11:30am - Dave and Buster's 325 North Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia

Young Professionals Network -- YPN Event
6pm - Moshulu 401 S. Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106

Wednesday, 16-Jul

WRBC -- Roundtable Networking with The Union League Business Network
7:30am - Union League

BOMA -- Understanding and Profiting from Demand Response
8am - 1818 Market Street 22nd Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103

Innovation Philadelphia -- Professional Development Organizations Young Professional Showcase
5:30pm - Davios 111 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sustainable Business Network -- Malvern Circle of Entrepreneurs
5:45pm - New Century Bank 215 Lancaster Avenue Malvern, PA 19355

WBF -- Women's Business Forum Summer Social
6:30pm - The home of Gina Furia-Rubel 2 Hidden Lane Doylestown, PA 18901

Thursday, 17-Jul

Career Potential, LLC -- 10 Vital Strategies to Maximize Your Career Success
9am - Radnor Financial Center 150 N. Radnor-Chester Road Suite F-200 Radnor, PA 19087

White Horse Pike Chamber of Commerce Connection
5:30pm - The Pufferbelly, Lindenwold, NJ

Philadelphia Future Salon -- Monthly meeting
6pm - Buchanan Ingersoll, Philadelphia Room, 1835 Market Street, on the 14th floor

PRSA -- PR Stunts that Work (Peter Shankman)
6pm - Positano Coast

Friday, 18-Jul

Likemind -- Likemind meet up
8am - Old City Coffee, 221 Church Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

ASTD Professional Publishing SIG -- Monthly Meeting
9:30am - Strayer University, King of Prussia

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Volunteer at the National Governors Association Meeting

100th Anniversary of the National Governors Association
July 10th – July 13th

Our nation’s governors will gather in Philadelphia on July 11-14, 2008 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Governors Association (NGA). Governor Edward G. Rendell is honored and proud to be hosting the celebration in the City of Philadelphia.

You can play a role! Volunteer for one of several events or projects:

  • Doubletree Hotel, Center City: Gift bag assembly – Thursday, July 10th (9:30am – 12:30pm or 12:30pm – 5:00pm)
  • Pennsylvania Art Museum: Taste of Philly – Friday, July 11th
  • Centennial Day Celebration: All day activities – Saturday, July 12th
  • National Constitution Center: Centennial Celebration Dinner – Saturday, July 12th
  • Pennsylvania Convention Center: Sounds of Philly – Sunday, July 13th
  • Registration: Friday, July 11 – Saturday, July 13th

Space is limited; call Terry at 215-564-4544 or email to reserve your spot or for more information.

Renee Archawski

Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Cares

Please note: All volunteers will be required to complete a Pennsylvania State Police Background Application. A volunteer orientation will be held on Wednesday, July 9th.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Podcamp Philly 2008 is a go!

Podcamp Philly 2008 is on for September 6th and 7th, up somewhere on Temple's campus. Last year's Podcamp Philly was an incredible (winning) event, so I'm eagerly awaiting this year's unconference, I recommend it highly if you have any interest in technology, blogs, podcasts, video, or RSS feeds.

I found this out through one of those "random walks" through the web, up to a site in Boston that mention Podcamp Boston, and then to the Podcamp Boston site that mentioned the Podcamp Philly site. Over to the Podcamp Philly site, just to see if something is stirring there. And, by God, something is stirring there.

There is a nominal $20.99 charge to attend this year. Cheap!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

This Week in Philadelphia (TWIP) for 7-6

I'm still in holiday mode, so just a quick post today. I gotta tell you -- go to the new Basecamp Business calendar (currently just at the MAC Alliance web site but I hope soon to be elsewhere). This is just a fraction of the events listed on that calendar.

Monday, 7-Jul

GVFHRA -- Career Networking Group
5:30pm - Right Management, Berwyn PA

Wayne Presbyterian Church -- Career Networking Program
7:30pm - Wayne Presbyterian Church, 125 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne

Tuesday, 8-Jul

Sales and Marketing Executives (SMEI) of Philadelphia -- BusinessKillers®: Failing to Prepare
7:30am - Plymouth Country Club 888 Plymouth Road Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

ExecuNet -- Using LinkedIn
7:30am - Sheraton Park Ridge Hotel, King of Prussia

ExecuNet -- Philadelphia Senior Executive Roundtable
9:30am - Sheraton Park Ridge Hotel, King of Prussia

LeTip of Center City Philadelphia -- Weekly Meeting
11:30am - Dave and Buster's 325 North Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia

Cherry Hill Regional Chamber of Commerce -- Power Networking Luncheon
12pm - Coastline Restaurant, 1240 Brace Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Wednesday, 9-Jul

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce -- Business Before Hours
8am - Valley Forge Towers 3000 West Valley Forge Circle King of Prussia, PA 19406

Network Now -- Goals
10am - Jamie Broderick's home 3664 Hancock Ln Doylestown, PA 18901

CreativeConnects -- Happy Hour
5:30pm - Alfa Bar

Philly Startup Leaders -- July Happy Hour
7:30pm - Register, and you will find out where!

Thursday, 10-Jul

Sustainable Business Network -- Philadelphia Circle of Entrepreneurs
5:45pm - Kaffa Crossing Coffee House 4423 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Hacktory -- Hacktory Volunteers Meeting
6:30pm - TBA Philadelphia, PA 19130

Saturday, 12-Jul

Career Transitions -- Get the Most Out of a Networking Event
9:45am - Strayer University, 234 Mall Blvd. King of Prusssia

Sunday, 13-Jul

MakePhilly -- MakePhilly July Meeting, Guest speaker: Brad Litwin
3pm - University of the Arts 333 S. Broad Street Anderson Hall - 4th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107

Thursday, July 3, 2008

What's the News in Your Neighborhood?

Rick Simmons of Dinkum Interactive (who I met in my networking, of course) pointed me to It's not really networking-related, but it is very much Philadelphia-related, so I thought I would share it anyway. EveryBlock takes a variety of different data sources -- crime reports, restaurant reviews, real estate listings, post office office hours -- and maps them block by block to the streets of Philadelphia. Neat.

The one thing it seems to be missing is a way to have a feed of news and events of local neighborhood associations. There are several YahooGroups and Google Groups that we belong to in our neighborhood that keep us up-to-date with the local happenings. We also get some regular e-mails from our local government representatives. It would be nice to have a way to add these data sources into EveryBlock. Well, you can't have everything.

Also, alas, it only works within the city limits. EveryBlock is also available for Charlotte, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.

What's happening near Independents Hall on Strawberry Street?