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Outback co-founder Chris Sullivan sells Tampa tech venture MenuPad

PayMyTab, a Fort Lauderdale-based technology payments company for the restaurant industry, has bought MenuPad, a similar tech firm in Tampa.

The deal, finalized Wednesday, resulted in 11 layoffs at MenuPad, said Vic Lafitta, CEO. Lafitta is not staying on with the new owner.

MenuPad was founded by Chris Sullivan, a co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, in 2013, as a way to order food at the table using a tablet

PayMyTab, founded in 2016 by tech entrepreneur Tom Holmes, started as a pay-at-the-table product that’s moving into the ordering space, Lafitta said.

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Street scenes: The 2018 St. Pete Run Fest is right around the corner

As more than one great philosopher has wisely observed, reaching the destination is not nearly as important as the journey itself. The St. Pete Run Fest, which celebrates its second birthday Nov. 16-18, is a prime example. Three races – a 5K, a 10K and a Half-Marathon – wind through some of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods and awe-inspiring scenery.

“It’d be easy to go up and back, just close down one road,” observes Run Fest co-founder Ryan Jordan. “There are a lot of races that kind of do the same thing. Which is beautiful, but we made a conscious decision to say hey, let’s go highlight the city.”

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Jabil partners with medtech firm on blood clot prevention device

Surgery patients who face the risk of blood clots could be among the first beneficiaries of a medical technology that Jabil Inc. has helped develop.

Jabil, a manufacturing services business and St. Petersburg’s largest company, worked with Recovery Force, a Fishers, Indiana medical technology firm, to develop a wearable device, a wrap with woven fibers embedded with nickel titanium. The wrap provides compression to prevent blood clots, reduce post-operative pain and alleviate joint pain and sore muscles, the company said.

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Media

Innovation in the 'Burg: Chad Mairn & Dr. David Rosengrant

Local St. Pete professors talk innovations in STEM education, inspiration and bringing Magic School bus to life through virtual reality.

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The Hustle

Matthew Walker (PixelStix)

PixelStix brings digital content into physical context. It's a sticker that - when in proximity to your phone - links to digital content. This means you can send videos via postcards and photo albums, so they can live outside of social media.

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Profile

Museum of Science & Industry

The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) is an interactive playground that offers hands-on science, technology and engineering exhibits for the Tampa Bay community.

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The Shuffle

Giovanni Cucchiaro, M.D.
Johns Hopkins All Children's

Carl Lavender, Jr.
Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

Influencer

Frank Wells
Bright Community Trust

Focus: Florida

This new Florida neighborhood has zero emissions, tons of smart tech, and is hurricane-proof [Fast Company]

Using solar, batteries, and Google Home, the Hunters Point neighborhood outside of Tampa is a model for how smart buildings can lower emissions and create a clean grid.

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ACUMEN: Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley’s Nemesis Explains Her Philosophy [Wall Street Journal]

Margrethe Vestager, the European competition commissioner, says tech companies need to ask themselves one question: Do you serve the consumer?

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