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Don't Call Me Phillicon Valley: Positioning the Startup Community in Your City

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Don't Call Me Phillicon Valley: Positioning the Startup Community in Your City

Time & Location

Mar 11, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Amplify Philly House, 401 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Session Description

Brigitte Daniel, Wilco Electronic Systems @BrigitteDaniel

A ‘telecom visionary’ according to Marie Claire magazine and a vocal advocate for gender and cultural diversity in the tech industry, Brigitte Daniel is the EVP of Wilco Electronic Systems. As one of the last minority owned cable providers in the Nation, Wilco has been dedicated to providing innovative and affordable technology services to underserved communities for over 40 years, and to addressing diversity and inclusion inequities within technology ecosystems across the Nation.

Francisco Garcia, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce @ciscoagarcia

As the Director of Business Development for Innovation & Technology, Francisco is the City’s main liaison with the local tech community. He is responsible for attracting startups and larger tech companies to Philadelphia, while also implementing strategies to support the growth of the city’s existing ecosystem. This includes the planning and execution of StartupPHL initiatives, and identifying ways the business community and City government can work together to diversify Philadelphia’s tech scene.

Rick Nucci, Guru @ricknucci

Rick has been an entrepreneur in the Philadelphia area since 1999. He's currently the co-founder & CEO of Guru, which helps companies centralize their collective knowledge. Prior to Guru Rick was the Founder and CTO of Boomi, which defined and led a new segment as the industry’s first cloud integration platform-as-a-service. Boomi was acquired by Dell in 2010, where Rick went on to run the Boomi business for Dell, helping grow the organization into the industry leader it is today.

Bret Perkins, Comcast NBCUniversal @phillyperk

Bret Perkins serves as Vice President of External and Government Affairs for Comcast Corporation. In this role he is responsible for the headquarters’ Government Affairs team in Philadelphia, as well as the Company’s outreach efforts to third-party groups. Bret joined Comcast in 2001 and has managed local government affairs while the Company grew from operating in 2,500 communities to 6,000 communities. His responsibilities have included implementing the company’s regulatory and legislative initiatives at the local level, managing relationships with state and local intergovernmental associations, developing political strategy, and grassroots communications.

Maria Ploessl, Minnestar @mariaploessl

Maria Ploessl serves as the Executive Director of Minnestar, the nonprofit community organization that brings together the technology community in Minnesota, organizing events that connect thousands of technologists per year. She has over 10 years of program management, administration, and community engagement experience in the nonprofit and education sector. Most recently she served as Campus Director for The Iron Yard, and prior to that served as Program Manager for City Year Boston. She is a former educator with Minneapolis Public Schools, and was selected as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Bragança, Brazil where she developed university-level educational programming and events.

Christopher Wink, Philly @christopherwink @technical_ly @technicallyPHL

Christopher Wink is a Cofounder, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of, the local technology news network. In that capacity, he is a co-organizer of Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week, Delaware Innovation Week and other events that bring smart people together. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications.

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