Oct 6, 2021 - News

Screen Time with Philadelphia entrepreneur Tayyib Smith

Photo illustration of a grid of smartphone screens, the center one showing an image of Tayyib Smith.

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Tayyib Smith

Tayyib Smith — a serial entrepreneur with ventures in music, marketing and real estate development — is trying to help underserved communities in the city find space to launch start-ups.

  • He's creating coworking spaces in Harrowgate and West Philadelphia as part of his business accelerator IF Lab.
  • Smith's other latest project includes The Collective — a network group designed to provide resources and capital to Black developers.

We asked Smith about his media habits as part of our regular Screen Time feature:

📱 Device of choice: "Macbook or iPhone."

👇 First tap of the day: "Check WURD. My father once remarked long ago that, ‘Everyone thinks you know what's up in Philly, but you don't even listen to WURD!' ... I tuned in for a few weeks, called him back and told him he was right."

📺 Go-to news source: "Democracy Now!"

🎧 Podcast of choice: "'Many Lumens,' produced by BlackStar Projects. I recommend the episodes with Dream Hampton and Arthur Jaffer."

📚 Reading list: "'In the Wake' by Christina Sharpe, ''The Sum of Us' by Heather McGhee, 'Having And Being Had' by Eula Biss, Dissent Magazine and Book Forum Magazine."

🎵 On rotation: "I keep a vinyl record player next to my desk to give me a respite between Zoom calls. Albums that are currently cued up include 'Ahmad Jamal '73' by Ahmad Jamal, 'Only Built for Cuban Linx' by Raekown and John Coltrane’s 'Live in Seattle.'"

🐦 Most used app: "Twitter."

🔌 How to unplug: “The phone is on silent between 9pm and 7am, but it's never enough. ... Sometimes you need to listen to nature and read books for a few days without constant interruptions."


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