(Updated) Bob Moul, the serial CEO who sold Berwyn-based Boomi to Dell Computer in 2010, a decade after SCT, the Malvern-based school-software maker he served as president, sold to SunGard, has left Dell and is putting his next venture together.
Dell "would have loved for me to stay. But I'm a start-up guy. I want to do it again. I'm fast at work on some new ideas" that should have him running yet another company as soon as this Spring, Moul tells me.

Meantime he's honing his local connections by stepping up as president of Philly Start-Up Leaders and joining the board of PACT, the local tech lobby group. "I'm also trying to help out Ben Franklin Technology Partners."
Moul's also been a new-company mentor at Dream-It Ventures. And he's cheering the rise of local co-working spaces - places like Independents Hall in Old City, Greenhouse Business Incubator and Seed Philly at 1650 Arch, Elliot Menschik's Venture F0urth on 8th St... One could also add Novitorium up in Langhorne, the coIN Loft down in Wilmington, the Port Business Incubator at University City Science Center, and the nascent Project Liberty Digital Incubator here at the Inquirer, for example.

What does Philadelphia offer as a tech start-up center? "We've got some of the best universities in the country. We have talented and motivated people. There are economic advantages: your labor costs in general are lower. And you don't have near the turnover you have in (Silicon) Valley with people leaving every other month," Moul says

There's also a base of mature tech companies - Sunoco spin-off SunGard, now the dominant financial-software purveyor and "availability" back-up provider, and US offices for German giants SAP and Siemens, and computer-servicer Unisys, and video giant Comcast.
But there are also plenty of obstacles to growing local start-ups into mature companies - including the multiple layers of government, taxes and land-use rules that Pennsylvania shares with some other Northeastern states. At times Philly seems like Italy, home to Fiat and a few other government-allied international companies, and a lot of family-run small shops, and not much in between.
"Right," says Moul, "that's one of my key themes: How do we bridge this demographic gap between the start-ups and the mature companies, the younger guys downtown and the people (in the suburbs) at later stages of their career? We can bring those groups together. They benefit each other. We're thinking about mentoring programs, and ways the later-stage cos can be beta sites to test out solutions for the start-up companies." 
Toward that end, Moul is co-chairing a task force on "Business Development and Entrepreneurism," sponsored in part by the regional chamber of commerce. Report due later this year.