Arcweb, OneTwoSee & Medical Guardian move into new, larger spaces
Philadelphia, June 13, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, participated in a series of events to highlight the growing strength of the startup and technology communities in Philadelphia. Three fast-growing technology companies – Arcweb, OneTwoSee and Medical Guardian – officially opened new or expanded office space to accommodate rapid growth and new employees. Mayor Nutter and Deputy Mayor Greenberger also visited another fast-growing startup, PeopleLinx, to participate in a ‘fireside chat’ with founder Patrick Baynes and other employees.
“Philadelphia is increasingly on the map as one of America’s great startup cities thanks to our incredibly talented workforce, low-cost of doing business, and a strong entrepreneurial community that supports the growth of early-stage companies,” said Mayor Nutter. “Companies like Arcweb, OneTwoSee, Medical Guardian and PeopleLinx are emblematic of a broader pattern of exciting businesses starting, staying and growing in Philadelphia.”
The Nutter Administration, in partnership with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, is committed to supporting entrepreneurs and startups in Philadelphia. Through a range of initiatives, such as Startup PHL and efforts by the City’s Chief Innovation Officer, Adel Ebeid, to streamline contracting procedures to enable startups to participate in City business the public sector in Philadelphia has partnered with the private sector to increase the resources and opportunities available to startups.
“The emergence of Philadelphia as a startup hub is very encouraging for the future of our city,” said Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger. “A talented workforce increasingly wants to live in an urban environment, enjoy a high quality of life, and work for exciting and innovative companies. Philadelphia has all of these assets and that’s one reason why our population is on the way up and our unemployment rate is on the way down.”
Mayor Nutter and Deputy Mayor Greenberger made four stops in two hours to demonstrate the City of Philadelphia’s support for fast-growing companies in the city. In recent months Mayor Nutter has participated in events to highlight startup success stories such as Artisan Mobile, Curalate, RJ Metrics, RealFoodWorks, and SevOne. The four companies that were part of today’s tour are:
Founded in 2011, Arcweb recently moved out of Indy Hall, a co-working space, into new offices at 234 Market St. in order to accommodate an employee count which recently grew to more than 20 people. The company builds software solutions that primarily service the financial and healthcare markets. Arcweb was founded by Chris Cera, local entrepreneur and one of the original co-founders of Philly Startup Leaders. “The Mayor’s continued support of the technology and startup communities is admirable, and has been a catalyst of the growth we have seen,” said Cera. “It’s exciting to be a member of the community, and very easy to be inspired by many of the people whose businesses have grown here in recent years.”
OneTwoSee is a fast-growing, Philadelphia-based interactive TV application startup that sits at the intersection of digital media, sports and technology. It has more than doubled in size since November 2013 and is on track to have more than 20 employees by this fall. OneTwoSee recently closed a $1.3 million round of fundraising and moved out of Seed Philly to take its own office space at 1650 Arch St.
Medical Guardian was founded in 2005 by local entrepreneur Geoff Gross and has since grown to approximately 100 employees servicing thousands of customers nationwide. Medical Guardian provides an affordable and reliable medical alert service to all those who wish to live an independent life, regardless of their limitations. The company moved into 12,800 square feet of space at 1818 Market St. in April 2013 and in June 2014 increased the size of its space to 22,600 square feet.
Founded in 2009 by local entrepreneurs Patrick Baynes and Nathan Egan, PeopleLinx helps companies improve their employees’ use of social networks for sales and marketing. Located at 1835 Market St., PeopleLinx has grown from 6 to 25 employees since closing Series A funding in March, 2013. PeopleLinx has more than 50 customers nationwide. Mayor Nutter participated in a ‘fireside chat’ with PeopleLinx employees where he shared his own background and talked about his support for the tech community, taking questions from employees.