Thanks for visiting my TechonomicMan blog.  My real name is Wayne Barz and I manage the Ben Franklin TechVentures incubator in Bethlehem, PA (you can visit my LinkedIn Profile here).  I’ve been involved in the passion and emotion of people launching startups for 27 years. I believe, like Adam Smith, in the overall power of free markets and the concept of the “economic man” and adopted the moniker “TechonomicMan” to update the image for the 21st century.

In 1776, Adam Smith wrote the Wealth of Nations, and explained the economics of markets of the day.  In it, he made the following statement:  “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”

TechonomicMan has updated the professions, but not the concepts of this sentiment to: “It is not from the benevolence of the biochemist, the coder, or the electrical engineer that we expect our technology, but from their regard to their own interest.”

Here is a link to a Podcast interview I did with SSTI when TechVentures won the 2012 Excellence in Entrepreneurial Capacity Building Award:  http://nep.benfranklin.org/podcast-interview-describes-why-techventures-selected-for-ssti-award/

I co-host a tech startup radio show in the Lehigh Valley and past episodes can be found here, on SoundCloud.

If you have any questions for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners or for me about your startup, you can reach me at:

wbarz@nep.benfranklin.org …  610.758.5421 … @TechonomicMan on Twitter … LinkedIn

3 Responses to About

  1. Azalea Zhang says:

    Hi Mr. Barz,
    I am a student at Lehigh University. Mr. Reese sent me an email today and recommended me to talk to you. I had some ideas about developing a website. If it is possible, I hope we can schedule an appointment/ meet to talk about that. My final will finish on next Thursday(May 3rd), any time after that will be free for me. Please contact me by email at zhangazalea@gmail.com, I am looking forward to talking to you!

    Azalea Zhang

  2. Jeff Tyler says:


    You really write well!

    And, nice web site too.
    This is very helpful and well informed.

    Jeff Tyler

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