Mayor Nutter Welcomes New Technology Company to Philadelphia

Poptent latest in long line of innovative, creative firms moving to Philly to access tech talent


Philadelphia, January 16, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Poptent, a video production and distribution company, has opened a new office in Philadelphia at 2401 Walnut Street.  The company moved into the city to have better access to the talented technology workforce that increasingly wants to live and work in Philadelphia.  The new 5,900 sq. ft. office will house twenty-seven employees in a building that is home to other fast-growing companies such as Curalate.


“Poptent’s move into our city is just the latest signal that Philadelphia is fast-becoming one of America’s leading cities for innovation and technology,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Creative, talented, educated workers want to live in Philadelphia and companies are following them at an increasingly rapid rate.  My Administration, through measures such as Startup PHL, is committed to supporting fast-growing, entrepreneurial companies and sending the message that Philadelphia is the place to be if you want to work in an innovative, creative environment.  As we continue to recover from the effects of the recession more and more companies are choosing to start, stay and grow in Philadelphia.”


Poptent worked with officials from the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) to make the move into Philadelphia.


“We’re excited to join the growing number of innovative tech companies that call Philadelphia home,” said Nick Pahade, CEO of Poptent. “The city’s tech savvy workforce and role as a transportation hub make it an attractive location for hyper-growth companies like Poptent, and we’re grateful to the city and state officials who worked with us to achieve a smooth transition to our new Center City office.”


In recent months, a number of companies have announced plans to start, stay, and grow in Philadelphia.  For example, digital marketing firm NetPlus and online reputation management firm relocated to new offices in Center City in order to be part of a more dynamic environment and have greater access to talent.  Fast-growing technology companies such as Artisan Mobile and Curalate have opened new offices in order to accommodate rapidly expanding workforces.  Most dramatically this week, Comcast announced plans to build a $1.2 billion Technology and Innovation Center in Center City Philadelphia, creating 1,500 new technology jobs in the city.


Poptent is a crowd-sourced video production company for leading brands and agencies, producing commercials and other video assets through a powerful social network of more than 70,000 videographers in about 140 countries.  Poptent is based in San Clemente, CA and in Philadelphia, PA with offices in New Jersey, Nashville, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, and New York City.  For more information on Poptent visit


For more information on the City of Philadelphia’s efforts to attract and support technology companies, startups, and entrepreneurs of all types visit

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