Executive profile: Birchwood owner Chuck Prather

Stand at the eastern edge of the Canopy, the Birchwood Hotel’s rooftop bar, and you can observe the slow-but-steady construction of the new St. Pete Pier.

Birchwood owner Chuck Prather, whose business acumen is famously finely-tuned, took in that panoramic view and had an epiphany about getting in on the action, and putting a 21st century restaurant, café and scenic bar out there.

“I’ve always been a pier fan, but I was not in the camp that thought it should be saved,” Prather says. “Its time had run; it reeked of 1960s and 1970s. Like the argument said, it needed new bones.”

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Diversity takes the stage on Thursday night at Station House

It’s no secret that the start-up world, specifically in the tech space, is dominated by men – white men. Click most “About Us” pages for these companies and those demographics stare back. A Pew Research Center 2018 report confirms this; it shows that women, African Americans and Hispanics are not only under-represented, but often discriminated against in the tech industry.

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All the world is staged [ESPN]

ON THE MORNING of Feb. 20, 2011, a man from Singapore walked into the central police station of Rovaniemi, Finland, a town that sits along the Arctic Circle. The man told officers that another Singaporean, Wilson Raj Perumal, was in Rovaniemi on a false passport. He offered no other information before leaving the station abruptly.

Though puzzled by the seemingly random tip, Rovaniemi police put Perumal under surveillance. Three days later, they followed him to a French restaurant near the soccer stadium, where the local club, Rovaniemen Palloseura, had just completed a 1-1 draw. Officers watched as Perumal sat down with three Palloseura players. They saw him scold the players, who cowered in fear. The next day, based on the false passport, the Finnish police detained Perumal. They phoned officials at the Finland Football Federation, who in turn contacted FIFA, soccer's international governing body.

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Shuchi Vyas

Shuchi founded GuestBox, a unique product for the short term rental space. GuestBox is one of the companies in the Tampa Bay Wave TechDiversity Accelerator. Meet her and other companies in the cohort this Thursday at the Tampa Bay Wave pitch night @ Station House. Until join enjoy this podcast with Shuchi and Becca Murrell [Audio 49:33]

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The Hustle

Jess Montergo - J.Tails

My favorite part of a Meet & Greet is when a pet parent apologizes for being a "crazy dog/cat owner." I love it! I started in the animal field as a vet tech, because of this I encountered so many humans who lacked love and compassion for their pets.

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Prospera is the largest statewide nonprofit in Florida specializing in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs who are trying to establish or expand their businesses.

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The Shuffle

Luis Perez
Oscor Inc.

Scott Curtis
Raymond James


David Chitester

Focus: Emergency

A Real Emergency

Ambulance services, at their core, are about transportation. We arrive at the crisis point of a story and we almost never witness its resolution.


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ACUMEN: Cleanliness

How to Clean Your Filthy, Disgusting Laptop [NYT]

Like any tool we use every day, our laptops accumulate dust, grime, oils from our skin and who knows what else. Yours is probably due for a cleaning, and here’s how to do it right.

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