Celebrating inspiration, creativity, camaraderie over coffee

St. Petersburg’s technology, innovation and business sectors are well-represented with scheduled mixers, meetings and get-togethers. If you want to get something done, or find out how others did it, an informal talk or presentation over coffee and bagels is just a few mouse clicks away.

CreativeMornings is something else altogether. It’s a monthly event – at the Station House, where so many business arrangements are conceptualized and cinched – with no relationship to business whatsoever.

CreativeMornings is simply an inspirational hang.

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Flagship Community Bank’s deal for BankMobile suspended

A Pennsylvania bank has decided to keep its digital banking operation for now, rather than sell it to Flagship Community Bank in Clearwater.

Customers Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: CUBI) will keep BankMobile for the next two or three years, evaluating that decision on an annual basis, Jay Sidhu, chairman and CEO, said Monday at an analyst day.

Customers is renegotiating its contract with Flagship, Sidhu said. He left open the possibility of selling BankMobile to Flagship at a later date, or acquiring Flagship outright.

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Innovation at Tampa Bay companies drives gains in jobs, business services, coupons

Initiatives that helped people find a job after Hurricane Irma, get discount offers into the hands of those most interested in them and made collaboration easier between Coca-Cola bottlers are in the running for “Technology Project of the Year” from Tampa Bay Tech.

The award is one of about a dozen that Tampa Bay Tech, Florida’s largest technology council, will hand out at a Nov. 9 ceremony.

The award finalists — Geographic Solutions Inc., MercuryWorks and Valpak — each used in-house teams to create a project with regional, national and/or international impact.

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Planet Money: The Student Loan Whistleblower [NPR]

Seth Frotman worked overseeing student loans for the government. He saw things that made him quit, and tell all.

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The Hustle

Alex Gomez (Freelance Photographer)

His high-definition, colorful photographs capture the true essence of his subjects, making them seem alive and tangible. This helps attract major attention for local bar/restaurants and musicians. Some of Alex's most prominent work features Chelsea Clinton and notable St. Pete suicide awareness advocate Shalia Roland.

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Moffitt Cancer Center

Specialists at the Moffitt Cancer Center work to treat patients, perform cancer research and educate the public about different types of cancer.

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The Shuffle

JJ Miranda
SunTrust Bank

Maria S. Lucas


Duggan Cooley
Pinellas Community Foundation

Focus: Prison

What Happened to the Houston Astros' Hacker? [Sports Illustrated]

SI Exclusive: As a rising Cardinals analyst, Chris Correa didn’t believe he was committing a crime when he hacked into the Astros’ internal database. Then he went to prison, where he changed his views on his actions and the criminal justice system.

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ACUMEN: Bananas

The banana is dying. The race is on to reinvent it before it's too late [Wired]

The world's most popular fruit is facing extinction, and scientists are racing to use gene-editing to save it. To succeed, they'll need to overcome an even bigger problem: opposition to GMO crops.

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