Location: West Conshohocken, PA
Location, Location: “People from Philly are ridiculously more passionate about everything, whether it be sports, entertainment, business or technology,” says Ciright CEO Joseph Callahan. Having been born and raised locally, Callahan saw the human capital and talent around Montgomery County, and realized that it could help him accomplish anything.
FUN FACT: “I think the most unique aspect of our local community would be the grit of the people — the fact that they are highly competitive and that failure is not an option.”
Giving and Receiving: “The number-one positive influence our community has had is providing access to the 70 or more higher-education institutions in this area,” says Callahan. Ciright is on a mission to help create graduates that can engage in conversation, know how to debate a point and possesses problem-solving skills. To do this, it created an internship program, and requires team members to spend time in classrooms, sharing knowledge with students.
Lasting Impact: Ciright’s strategy for growth is to empower other companies to use its technology to accelerate their own growth and become more socially responsible. Callahan hopes to see companies solve one particular problem that faces Philadelphia-area communities: hunger. Callahan reports that within the eight counties surrounding Philadelphia, there are more than 5,000 homeless people, and 20 percent of children go to bed hungry. “We believe we can utilize Ciright technology to radically improve this problem, and plan to work with local universities, enlisting the help of students in creating and deploying a strategic plan,” says Callahan.