Episode One of Developing Philly Season One, “The End Is the Beginning”, highlights two points in the history of the Philly tech scene, the construction of the ENIAC in the 1940’s, and the tech boom and bust of the 1990’s. Here’s some extra info…
- What Wikipedia knows about ENIAC.
- The background of the shots with Mitch Marcus actually shows a few pieces of the original ENIAC.
- A little more on Eckert and Mauchly. Fascinating pair of engineers.
- The Philadelphia region was home to quite a few other moments in the history of computing, including the first computer to ever predict the outcome of a presidential election.
- Oh, and Bell Labs was nothing to sneeze at, either.
- Ben Franklin Technology Partners has been around for quite some time and, at least according to this report, had a significant impact on Philadelphia’s economy.
- John Loftus mentions a ton of names and companies when he talks about the 80’s, and here they all are: Pete Musser at Safeguard Scientifics / Steve Goodman at Morgan Lewis / Howard Ross at Arthur Andersen / GE Aerospace / SCT
- Here’s the rest of that Safeguard Scientifics timeline.
- John Loftus mentions that Safeguard Scientifics “tried to create Sand Hill Road” in Pennsylvania. This is what he means by Sand Hill Road.
- ICG gets mentioned a lot, too.
- Here’s a little more on Infonautics, Half.com (still around), and CDNow
- Oh, and here’s First Round Capital.
You can follow (almost) all of this episode’s guests on Twitter.
- Sean Blanda - @seanblanda
- Allan Frank - @phillyrocketman
- Josh Kopelman - @joshk
- Chris Cera - @chriscera
- Bob Moul - @bobmoul
- Mike Krupit - @mkrupit
- Frank Taney - @scarylawyer
- Meredith Broussard - @merbroussard
- Nate Gasser - @nategasser
In our next episode, we’ll see what happened after the bust. New episodes air every Friday through June 7th.