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Head Of Philly’s New Co-Working Space Says It’s Not Just About Innovation

By Diane Mastrull
The Philadelphia Inquirer

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Diane Mastrull introduces us to Sally Guzik, the head of CIC Philadelphia. Guzik says she wants to create entrepreneurial opportunity for the underrepresented populations outside the glass walls of CIC Philadelphia.

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Sally Guzik’s favorite song is Johnny Cash’s “Man in Black.” But why that’s relevant to her heading one of the region’s newest co-working spaces, CIC Philadelphia, can wait.

There’s a reveal far more important to Philadelphians: The first “C” in CIC is for Cambridge, as in Massachusetts, where they root for the New England Patriots and compete for Philadelphia’s tech and life sciences talent.

Guzik knew how that could be a sensitive topic around here, and trod lightly when she first arrived last April to pitch the kind of “innovation center” — the “I” and “C” in CIC — that she had in mind for what was then just a construction site on Market Street in the heart of University City.

“I talked about the history of Boston and Cambridge while being mindful of not leveraging that to the fullest extent because Philadelphia is a very prideful city, too,” she said laughing. “And not everyone wants to hear, ‘We want this city to be like this other city.’ ”

Open since November, CIC Philadelphia is now about half-full with 78 companies — memberships start at $300 a person a month. When two more floors open in the fall, it will have capacity for about 500 companies no larger than 100 employees each.

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