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Impact 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton

Philly finance, tech to rally Nov. 7

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Impact 2012, the 20th yearly conference of what is now PACT, the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (formerly Rob McCord's Eastern Technology Council and the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group/MAC Alliance), kicks off next Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Thursday Nov. 8, at the Ritz-Carlton. More information here.

Panelists and speakers include national and regional investment, tech and media figures: AOL founder Steve Case, Vanguard Group chief executive F. William McNabb 3ed, ex-Gov. Ed Rendell, QlikTech boss Lars Bjork, Edison Ventures general partner Michael Kopelman, Comcast's Robert Pick and Genacast's Gil Beyda, Greg Driscoll of Blaschak Coal, Tim Wallace of iPipeline, Robert Carr of Heartland Payments, and Fox Sports' Joe Buck, among many others; and dozens of presenting companies -- tech firms like OneTwoSee, healthcare firms like Galleon Pharmaceuticals, energy firms like Graphene Frontiers, and many more.

What's the point? Ask Ned Moore, who in 2005 presented at the predecessor conference, connected with Safeguard Scientifics, and raised the capital that enabled him to expand his Portico Systems until it attracted a buyout from McKesson Health Soltuions last year for $90 million; he's back this year, presenting as the boss of Clutch Holdings. Or Matt Gillin, who presented in the early 2000s as boss of eCount, later sold to Citigroup for a reported $220 million, enabling him to diversify in Philly's financial-tech community.

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