Peerfit, employee wellness startup receives $8 million in funding

Peerfit, the company matching employers and employees with fitness spaces, has received $8 million in funding from Ark Applications and PAR, Inc. Wyc Grousbeck, owner of the Boston Celtics and co-founder of Causeway Media Partners, was a majority investor in the round. Grousbeck also will now serve on Peerfit’s Board of Directors.

Grousbeck joins Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, as another sports owner to invest in Peerfit, which has now raised more than $23 million.

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Mystery, crime writers descend on St. Pete this weekend

Many of the world’s best-selling crime fiction authors will be in St. Petersburg this weekend, for the 2018 Bouchercon Festival – a series of panel discussions, conversations, parties and award ceremonies held at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort. Nearly 100 authors will participate, with attendance estimated at around 1,600.

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Workers’ Rights, Silicon Valley-Style [City Lab]

When Eric started at Google a few years ago, he thought it would be different from other tech companies—more careful about its impact on people around the world. Google, after all, was the firm that had (until recently) put “Don’t be evil” in its official code of conduct. But his idealized vision of the company has clouded recently.

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How do viral videos make money? YouTubers share their secrets [Wired]

FOR ANYONE WHO doesn't work in the vast world of online videos, the idea of "YouTube stars" is baffling. What's even more astounding is that so many of those YouTubers can make a living simply from viral videos.

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The Hustle

Mark Noll Designs

If you've ever stepped inside the Salvador Dali Museum gift shop here in St. Pete, you've probably seen some of Mark Noll's handmade designs. A local artist, Mark established an environmentally-conscious brand devoted to upcycling, and recycling items into jewelry.

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Tampa Bay Watch

Tampa Bay Watch is an environment-focused nonprofit devoted to education, protection and restoration of our beloved Tampa Bay.

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The Shuffle

Dr. Martin Tadlock

Patrick Worsham
Tierra Nueva Fine Cocoa


Mark Sharpe
Tampa !P

Focus: Tourism

How Tourists Are Destroying the Places They Love

Travel is no longer a luxury good. Airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet have contributed to a form of mass tourism that has made local residents feel like foreigners in cities like Barcelona and Rome. The infrastructure is buckling under the pressure.


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ACUMEN: Startups

The Simple Question That Can Make or Break a Startup [HBR]

How can entrepreneurs or new product developers test their ideas before investing the significant time and capital required to actually bring them to life? How can we spot the ideas that are likely to succeed instead of wasting our efforts on those that are prone to failure?

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