Phorum Philly Recap: A Productive Show, Valuable Networking, and a Big “W” for PeopleLinx!
Last week’s Phorum Philly was a whirlwind of valuable opportunities for the Philadelphia business community, bringing together thought leaders and major brands like SAP, Lockheed, and KPMG to discuss why, how, and when to adopt “disruptive technologies” that have the potential to further organizational goals and maximize ROI. This year’s show focused on three major trends in technology: leading the mobile workforce, enterprise-level social computing, and leveraging big data. The lineup of speakers was a veritable who’s who of innovation, including Peter Coffee, VP and Head of Platform Research at Salesforce; Sameer Patel, GM / Global VP, Enterprise Social and Collaborative Software at SAP; Ted Schadler, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester; and best-selling author Don Tapscott.
PeopleLinx took part in the Demo Pit, which featured “Philadelphia’s hottest early-stage companies providing cutting-edge enterprise solutions in the areas of big data, mobility and social computing.” Walking on to the Demo Pit floor, we were immediately impressed with the caliber of the companies we would be presenting with – many smart business models were represented by passionate professionals investing huge amounts of effort to make them successful.
Our goals at the show were simple: identify potential new clients, meet talented professionals who want to join our team, and demonstrate how the PeopleLinx platform – backed by our exceptional service – can help employees reach their business goals on LinkedIn. And, in the process, take home the win for “Best in Show” in the Demo Pit. We’re happy to report that we were successful on all fronts!
The PeopleLinx team, including co-founder Patrick Baynes, Liz Coleman, Kate Ares, and CEO Nathan Egan hustled to get the PeopleLinx message out: distributing collateral, drumming up traffic to the booth, and, most importantly, taking part in conversation after conversation with smart and savvy professionals who immediately grasped the PeopleLinx concept. While on stage with Peter Coffee and our fellow finalists from Curalate and iMomentous at the close of the show, it was heartening to hear Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz describe how important innovative companies like those featured in the Demo Pit are to the Philadelphia economy. We were happy to report that PeopleLinx has contributed to that trend by recruiting talented staff members from California, New York, and Massachusetts, and by raising $3.2 million in Series A funding from investment firms outside the area. It was even more heartening to accept the award for Best in Show from Rep. Schwartz!
Hats off to our fellow Demo Pit presenters (and especially to Curalate for sharing their Wi-Fi) and to all the speakers and attendees who made Phorum Philly an outstanding business-building event. PeopleLinx is looking forward to being involved with the show again next year.