Technically Media: working full-time for myself

Meeting my January professional resolution of working for myself, earlier this month I came on full-time to a company I co-founded: publishing consultancy Technically Media, which is behind technology news Technically Philly.

We also moved into office space as part of my leading for us a major foundation grant research project on open data.

I made the jump for a startup, after leaving homeless advocacy nonprofit Back on My Feet, through which I learned many lessons.

We have a payroll services company, accountant, attorney, and, after my third partner comes on fulltime, we’ll look toward health insurance. I’m surely proud of that.

Launching Technically Philly: a news site for the technology community

Today, my colleagues Sean Blanda, Brian James Kirk and I, debuted TechnicallyPhilly.com, a news site covering the community of people who use technology in the Philadelphia region.

Read more about it here. See our first post here.

State Capitals

Last week I finished a post-graduate internship in Harrisburg, Pa., covering state government with the the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association.

It reopened something on my list: to visit all 50 U.S. state capitals.

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Tour Guide

 was walking through Old City with a friend and came upon my former co-workers at 76 Carriage Company, where I used to give historic tours summer 2007. Here is me with Brian (driver) and Tom (horse).

was walking through Old City with a friend and came upon my former co-workers at 76 Carriage Company, where I used to give historic tours summer 2007. Here is me with Brian (driver) and Tom Nick (horse).

Today I got my license to operate a horse and carraige on the historic streets of Old City, Philadelphia.

Carpenter

Major Newspaper

My first article in a major newspaper likely couldn’t have come under better circumstances.

I wrote a double-byline with Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Vitez for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the third oldest daily newspaper in the country and among the 15 largest.

It was a story about anti-violence events held by community groups in Germantown and Center City. It’s no longer on Philly.com, and I haven’t put it online myself, yet. We’ll get there.

Not a bad start at all.

Plumbing

Plumbing: Summer 2005, in a work relationship that would continue on weekends and semester breaks, I learned plenty working with a man who has become a close family friend.

Photo courtesy of TRM Plumbing.

Plumber

Plumber’s assistant with Pisauro Plumbing and Heating, based in Layon, N.J.

Work construction

Answering a challenge to carry eight 10 2X4 at the same time in August 2004.

Answering a challenge to carry eight 10″ 2X4’s at the same time in August 2004.

Work construction: Summer 2004, before going off to college, I spent three months working with a Stillwater, N.J-based construction company.

Pizza Delivery

Pizza delivery: May 20, 2004, after school, a friend asked me to fill in for him at Villa Capri at the Ames Plaza. I made nearly $100 in cash pay and tips on the first night, so I kept an occasional presence there for most of the summer and still love the pizza there.