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Economic Impact of the Technology Sector: A Roundtable

Monday, April 7

This panel will focus on economic development and business taxes that affect the tech economy in Philadelphia.

There will also be a release of the first ever Philly Tech Startup CEO Survey to get a sense of how entrepreneurs are viewing the experience here.

Panelists Include:

  • Paul R. Levy, President and CEO of the Center City District and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation
  • Josh Kopelman, Managing Partner at First Round Capital
  • Elif Sen, Economic Analyst in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • Dawn Bonnell, Penn’s Vice Provost for Research

Moderated by: Christopher Wink, Editor and Co-Founder of Philly


  • 11:30PM: Doors Open. Welcome from Siobhan Reardon, President and Director, Free Library
  • 12:00PM: Panel Discussion Begins
  • 1:00PM: Networking
  • 1:30PM: Event Close

This event is located in Room 108 of the Free Library, just past the HOME Page Café.

This event is part of the Civic Track Day.

Civic Track presented by


The Free Library, Room 108
1901 Vine St


  • Paul R. Levy

    Paul R. Levy

    Paul is the founding chief executive of the Center City District, serving in that capacity since January 1991. The CCD is a $19.4 million downtown management district, which provides security, cleaning, place marketing, promotion, and planning services for the central business district of Philadelphia.

  • Elif Sen

    Elif Sen

    Elif is an economic analyst in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Her responsibilities include conducting the monthly Business Outlook Survey for nonmanufacturing firms, which asks participants about the direction of change in overall business activity and about the various measures of activity at their firms such as employment, orders, and prices. She also analyzes regional data for the Bank’s Third District, which includes eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware; these analyses are released on the Bank’s website.

  • Josh Kopelman

    Josh Kopelman

    Josh founded in July of 1999, and led it to become one of the largest sellers of used books, movies and music in the world. was acquired by eBay in July 2000 — and Josh remained with eBay for three years, running the business unit and growing eBay’s Media marketplace to almost half a billion dollars in annual gross merchandise sales. Josh founded First Round Capital in 2004 to reinvent seed-stage investing. And since that time the firm has invested in over 200 emerging technology startups – becoming one of the most active venture capital firms in the country. Josh was ranked 12th on Forbes 2013 “Midas List” of the top 100 tech investors.

  • Dawn Bonnell

    Dawn Bonnell

    Dawn Bonnell is the Vice Provost for Research at the University of Pennsylvania. In this capacity Dr. Bonnell shapes policy and advances administrative initiatives for the University’s $800+ million per year research enterprise. Dr. Bonnell is the Henry Robinson Towne Professor of Engineering and Applied Science. She was the founding director of the Nano/Bio Interface Center that direcetd $30M to research at the intersections of technology and biology at the nanoscale or molecular level. An editor of seven books and an author of more than 200 papers, Dr. Bonnell was elected in 2013 to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest honors in the engineering profession, is one of only seven awardees of the Staudinger-Durrer Medal from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and has served as President of the American Vacuum Society and Vice President of the American Ceramics Society. As Vice Provost for Research she is leading Penn’s initiative on innovation and commercialization which includes the establishment of the Penn Center for Innovation.