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Philadelphia, March 22, 2018

A study found Philadelphia is the nation’s fourth-friendliest market for food trucks to operate in. Night Market/Facebook photo

PHILLY RETURNS THE LOVE FOR FOOD TRUCKS: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation found Philadelphia was the fourth-friendliest city for food truck operators in America, citing the ease of obtaining permits and licenses, as well as lower fees than other major cities. READ MORE AT PHILLY MAG

WHAT ARE THE MOST ABUNDANT AND SCARCE SKILLS IN PHILLY? LinkedIn’s March Workforce Report found an abundance of pharmaceutical and health care management skills in Philadelphia, while there was a lack of media skills, among other findings. READ MORE AT LINKEDIN

STANDING APART FROM THE COMPETITION: The Philadelphia location of the fine dining chain Scarpetta is adding vodka to pizza dough and mozzarella, going what is most likely a step much further than its competitors using vodka sauce. READ MORE AT PHILLY MAG

WHY DOES THE MUSEUM OF ART HOST HACKATHONS? The third iteration of the Philadelphia Art Museum Hackathon will kick off April 4, continuing the mission of getting local technologists to creative innovate gallery experiences at the venue. READ MORE AT TECHNICAL.LY/PHILLY

LOOKING OUT FOR THE LITTLE GUYS: A Philadelphia representative saw two bills approved in the Small Business Committee tackling two serious challenges affecting entrepreneurs – the protection of intellectual property, and cybersecurity. READ MORE AT THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE


The true impact of the Amplify Philly house at the SXSW festival won’t be felt for a while. Philly Mag photo

WHAT DID AMPLIFY PHILLY ACCOMPLISH AT SXSW? The collaboration of Philadelphia companies and entrepreneurs at Austin’s SXSW festival put the city in an international spotlight. But the final impact of the effort is still to be determined. READ MORE AT PHILLY MAG

VC FIRM MAKES POWER PLAY: Dreamit Ventures is adding a heap of funding to its war chest, thanks to the owner of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. Jeff Vinik is pumping $12 million into the firm, which will likely expand the accelerator’s presence in Florida, the Lightning’s home state. READ MORE AT TECHNICAL.LY/PHILLY

STARPOWER BEHIND INVESTMENT: West Philadelphia’s First Round Capital is leading a $3 million investment round into the bail reform startup Promise, with help from the entertainment mogul Jay Z. READ MORE AT TECHNICAL.LY/PHILLY

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