Investor Jon Gosier’s new thing is called Southbox: a startup incubator enclaved in South Philly.
“It’s basically the evolution of my own activity as an investor through Cross Valley Capital,” said Gosier of the project, which he prefers to call a “startup studio.” The space rallies together six startups in a 1,200-square-foot space, all of which have received investments from Gosier in the $10,000 to $50,000 range.
Gosier said CVC is still something he’s working on, but he wanted to pursue investing more actively under this model, which tackles some of the startup woes he’s seen companies grapple with in the past.
“Startups share a common need of finding talent, being able to afford rent, having access to clients,” said Gosier. “Every startup I’ve seen shares those same troubles and my thesis as an investor was, ‘Why don’t I centralize that and distribute the cost across multiple companies?’ The ultimate mission is to reduce the waste in startup investing.”
And as the project starts taking shape, Gosier is hiring a community evangelist to not only get the word out about the incubator but also look for new deals.
Though this column usually tracks open job opportunities, we also want it to be a place to highlight Philadelphians who are also in the market for a job. This time, it’s a former Tonic Design exec.
Though many folks from the aftermath of Tonic’s layoff round last fall went on to find jobs elsewhere, James English — former Director of Resource Management at the Callowhill firm — hasn’t yet found the right match.
“My exit was amicable,” said English. “I am still in regular contact with most of the remaining management team, as well as the remaining principals. All have been supportive and helpful in my search for employment.”
Catherine Enck, former Director of Internal Operations at Tonic, sang his praises. “He was hands down everyone’s favorite person to work with at Tonic and overall an unbelievably funny, intelligent and adaptable guy,” said Enck.
English told us: “Since the separation event, I have been busying myself with contract and volunteer work as I look for something more permanent. While I am comfortable working in a solitary environment, I much prefer working as part of a bright, creative and talented team.”