DuckDuckGo gets Banned in China [Startup Roundup]


Sep 24, 2014


From the We Think This is a Good Sign? Department: presumably due to its rising popularity, Paoli search engineDuckDuckGo has been banned in China, iDigitalTimes reported. Other consumer Internet giants like Google, Facebook and Wikipedia are banned in China. Meanwhile, listen to DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinbergon the TropicalMBA podcast talking about how DuckDuckGo maintains privacy for its users and other topics.

Searching for a supermini speaker? Like one that would fit into a shot glass? Meet The Shot, developed by a Philly team. They’re raising $2,500 on Indiegogo and have raised almost $490 so far. Prices start at $15. The team consists of Josh Oiknine, 34, and Michele Alexy, 37, both of Northeast Philadelphia, and David Nieves, 33, of Lansdale. They met while working at Wireless Xcessories Group in Huntingdon Valley.

FastFWD company Village Defense, which is a high-tech form of town watch, is working with Mayfair-based, 81-acre Lincoln High School through the city contract it got after the FastFWD accelerator, cofounder Sharath Mekala told us. The FastFWD contracts are all still being worked out but will begin soon, FastFWD director Story Bellows said.

Tuva Labs, the edtech company that graduated from Project Liberty and GoodCompany Ventures, participating in TechStars’ New York City Kaplan EdTech Accelerator. Each company gets $20,000 in exchange for 6 percent equity. The team is now based in New York City, though Tuva Labs designer Ben Farahmand is based in Philadelphia.

Legal Science Partners, the FastFWD company and Temple spinout that wants to be the iTunes of legal research, moved into the Science Center, according to a release. Other companies that just moved in include CETICS Healthcare Technologies, HaRo Pharmaceutical and Hyalo Technologies.

The GREEN Program, an eco-minded study abroad program, and Bike Share Philly, the city’s forthcoming bikeshare program, came out on top at this month’s Greenfest Philly SCA Green Innovators Awards, according to a spokeswoman.

Civic hacking projects Climate Tracker and Cycle Philly also participated in the competition.


Aaron McLean, who co-founded web dev firm Eight Eleven, is now a partner at digital marketing company Stuzo, according to a release. He’ll be focused on scaling MEG, Stuzo’s mobile marketing platform. He left Eight Eleven at the beginning of the year because he wanted to work in startups, he told us. After two stints with local startupsEasyCopay and A Way to Donate (we’ll have more on them shortly), McLean joined Stuzo.

Eight Eleven cofounder Glenda Laudisio took over Eight Eleven and acquired its customers, McLean said. Laudisio did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Melissa Koenig, who used to run Tech In Motion’s meetups, is now the Philly program manager for DreamIt Ventures.

Education Design Studio, Inc., the edtech accelerator in partnership with Penn’s Graduate School of Education, has a new CEO: Leslie Mitts. Brien Walton, the former EDSi CEO, is now the founding CIO of Virginia-based Jefferson Education Accelerator.

Fresh off a $16.5 million Series B, RJMetrics has new hiring ads on SEPTA. Check one out on the Regional Rail here.

It’s an interesting move for a startup, to advertise job openings on SEPTA (and shows the company’s locally-focused recruiting efforts). Here’s what CEO Robert Moore had to say about it:

We’re working hard to introduce as many Philadelphians as possible to the career opportunities we have available at RJMetrics. This means getting in front of people who might not see our name otherwise. We thought the SEPTA Regional Rail would be a great start. These ads put us in front of people who either live in the city and might want to ditch their commute or live in the burbs and are already comfortable commuting into the city.

The verdict is still out on whether they’re working, but based on activity we’ve seen on Twitter so far I’m optimistic that they’ll be well worth the investment.

Also, check out RJMetrics’ Instagram for photos that show off their company culture. Got a company Insta? Share ’em in the comments or tweet it to us: @TechnicallyPHL

Juliana Reyes became’s associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She’s co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for “Community Reporting of the Year.” The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

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