What lies ahead in 2018 for Philly’s tech scene? Watching the realLIST

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As we turn the calendar to 2018 this week, we take stock of all kinds of lists and predictions. For the staff of Technical.ly Philly, the watchers of all things tech, that means compiling the realLIST.

“We do a list of 10 — and another 10 honorary members — and we track their movements throughout the year,” said Roberto Torres, Technical.ly Philly’s lead reporter. “They’re companies we think are doing interesting things, companies founded by people with an interesting background in the tech scene, or companies we just believe in.”

To make the list, certain criteria must be met. First, the magazine defines a start-up as generally being under 3 years old. The companies also need to be developing a specific product or service and have a staff of more than one.

Last year’s class showed promising results. “We found that most had gone on to raise capital, launch interesting products or nabbed the talent of very interesting people,” he said.

As staffers publish their second year of the realLIST, Torres said they’ll be on the lookout for trends in the region.

To hear our conversation, click on the audio player above. You can read more about the start-ups on Technical.ly’s inaugural realLIST here.

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