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Old 08-16-2013, 01:06 PM
 
Location: The Left Toast
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Yeah guys I've pretty much decided on Silicon Valley. It's going to be tough, but I'm ready for it. Plus I think with this job I may get some exposure to NoSQL and Big Data, which I've been hungry to work with for awhile.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:23 PM
 
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That's completely wrong. There are very practical, but extremely important reasons, for companies to set-up shop in Center City -- and that's access to talent and infrastructure. You're not going to get anywhere near the same access to top-tier employees and transportation infrastructure as you are in the core of a major metro area. That's why Center City has become increasingly attractive -- not to mention many techies prefer a more urban living environment to the suburbs, since it's more exciting/stimulating. This is true in other urban areas, and it's no different in Philly.
I don't think that is prevalent in the Philly region. There is likely more top tier talent outside of Philly in the suburbs also, likely people who want to own single family homes and have kids.

Anyways, the preferred central point of the region, for an employer that might want to be in the center (which has shifted west), is likely Bala Cynwyd which doesn't have the high office rent rates or the local city income tax on wages.

Center City IT positions are rare. The IT positions of the region are there, around Philly though, from Wilmington to Malvern (on 202) to along the PA Turnpike towns from Malvern -> King of Prussia -> Conshy -> Ft. Washington -> Bucks County up to Princeton.

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Old 08-16-2013, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Yeah guys I've pretty much decided on Silicon Valley. It's going to be tough, but I'm ready for it. Plus I think with this job I may get some exposure to NoSQL and Big Data, which I've been hungry to work with for awhile.
You are branh0913?
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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I don't think that is prevalent in the Philly region. There is likely more top tier talent outside of Philly in the suburbs also, likely people who want to own single family homes and have kids.

Anyways, the preferred central point of the region, for an employer that might want to be in the center (which has shifted west), is likely Bala Cynwyd which doesn't have the high office rent rates or the local city income tax on wages.

Center City IT positions are rare. The IT positions of the region are there, around Philly though, from Wilmington to Malvern (on 202) to along the PA Turnpike towns from Malvern -> King of Prussia -> Conshy -> Ft. Washington -> Bucks County up to Princeton.
I really highly doubt this.
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:52 PM
 
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Ya, its not true. Look at where the most innovation is happening in the Philly tech scene, and its not at the big companies, its in the startups. Here is a list of recently funded/sold startups in the area: Founded in Philly Most are in and around center city, not the burbs. The most recent success was Invite Media, which sold to Google for $81 million in 2010. Their old center city office is now a small Philly outpost for Google: Philadelphia - Google Jobs
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:14 PM
 
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Ya, its not true. Look at where the most innovation is happening in the Philly tech scene, and its not at the big companies, its in the startups. Here is a list of recently funded/sold startups in the area: Founded in Philly Most are in and around center city, not the burbs. The most recent success was Invite Media, which sold to Google for $81 million in 2010. Their old center city office is now a small Philly outpost for Google: Philadelphia - Google Jobs
That's really the problem in my opinion. I find it hard to have any respect for people or companies that take money from funding rounds in the city then the next minute are looking to relocate to the suburbs or to some other metro or even to sell their company to some larger corporation. Still, for all of those companies there's obviously still plenty who want to stay in the city and who have the integrity and backbone to resist those offers and to "make it" right here in Philadelphia, so obviously I can't paint them all with the same brush.

Either way, you're definitely right that the innovation doesn't happen at the corporations. They buy innovative companies that don't have as much money and then try to take credit for it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:26 AM
 
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You are branh0913?
No of course not... I copied HIS post from another thread. That's why the title in BOLD says The OP has already made a choice.
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