Philly's startup community is currently without a formal leader following this weekend's resignation of Executive Director Yuval Yarden from Philly Startup Leaders. Yarden, the grassroots organization's first full-time employee, stepped down following comments she made on a panel at last week's Black and Brown Founders Conference. “It’s really difficult walking into a room where you’re really only one of the only white people,” she said. You can read her full comments here. The PSL board called her comments "disappointing, inappropriate and unacceptable." Get their full statement here, and comments from Webjunto Cofounder and Billy Penn Who's Next: STEM honoree Liz Brown. All this comes on the heels of a public media report that says Amazon's next HQ city should expect to experience the lack of diversity that comes with tech jobs.
On Oct. 15, 1997, a small restaurant opened its doors at 306 Market St. in Old City. A project from a pair of first-time restaurateurs, the place didn't have huge ambitions, but its new American bistro cooking and relaxed upscale style were an immediate hit. Twenty years later, it's not only still open, it's more popular than ever, and co-founder Ellen Yin now runs four other restaurants, including one in New York. This oral history tells the story of Fork, in the words of those who lived it.
Weekly cleanups under the El in Kensington started Saturday morning. Coordinated by anti-litter org Not in Philly and Councilman David Oh's office, the regular sweeps for needles and trash are meant to get the neighborhood involved in fighting the opioid epidemic and provide a way for non-medical personnel to take part. Saturday's volunteers collected two dozen bags' worth of trash and more than 20 needles, per an email update from cleanup organizers. Get all the details and the cleanup schedule here if you wanna help.
You remember the old Magic Eye posters? Well, one Philly company is taking the idea of a magic eye literally. The magicians (read: scientists) from Philly-based Spark Therapeutics received a recommendation for FDA approval last week for their new gene therapy to treat a rare eye condition. The disorder, called Biallelic RPE65-mediated Inherited Retinal Disease, has no current pharmacological treatment and in most cases has led to complete blindness in children. Spark's therapy uses the shell of a virus to deliver the gene to the right cells, so they can produce a protein that is missing, thus improving vision. See, magic. The FDA is expected to announce its decision in January.
Temple's Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) hosts lecturer and hip-hop artist Timothy N. Welbeck to lead a conversation about marginalization in urban areas. Welbeck will talk about the ideas featured in his recent album, "No City for Young Men," and will be joined by a crew to stage an interactive performance.
Where: Temple Student Center at 1755 N. 13th St. 19122
When: October 17, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Billy Penn Likes
There are approximately 5,000 things happening at any given time in Philly. From happy hour specials to cleanups, discounted tickets to charitable causes — the list is endless and we can’t report on them all. But we can collect them for you here. Sign up to get email alerts for Philly goings-on. We’ll share the information that hits our inbox every day.
You can go on a drive to catch the season's changing colors, but you don’t have to. There are several trees right in the city that put on a great autumn show. We're working on a guide to urban leaf-peeping, but we need your help. Where are your favorite fall trees in Philly? Let us know.