Exclusive: Here are the startups chosen for Pitch Madness

Eight Florida companies have been selected for Pitch Madness, the competition for funding and awareness that will be a centerpiece at the Synapse Summit, the technology and innovation festival scheduled Jan. 23-24 at Amalie Arena.

The eight companies will be the first to try out a new format for a pitch competition, with the tournament format of March Madness meeting the competitive dialogue of political debates.

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Station House owner plans live-work apartments in downtown St. Pete

The downtown St. Petersburg building boom is missing just one thing — live-work apartments — says Steve Gianfilippo, owner of Station House.

His Gianco Companies plan to fill that gap.

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What tech founders can learn from an entrepreneur who made it big in cookies and coffee

Serial entrepreneur Michael Coles isn’t a mathematician, but he has developed a mathematical formula that he says leads to business success.

Product, environment and service are the three parts of the formula that create a customer experience, and that experience changes when any one of the parts of the formula changes, said Coles, co-founder of Great American Cookie Co. and former CEO of Caribou Coffee.

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SPx Episode 48: Steve Tingiris - Dabble Lab

Serial entrepreneur Steve Tingiris: AI and machine learning are changing our economy.

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The art of conductivity: Maestro Michael Francis of the Florida Orchestra

Suave, erudite and comfortable in a tuxedo, native Londoner Michael Francis could very well be Tampa Bay’s James Bond – if, that is, 007 had wavy red hair, a baby face and an overwhelming obsession with symphonic music.

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The Shuffle

Michael Johnson
Skyway Capital Markets

Daily Briefs

The Hustle

Blake & Lauren Segall(Rollin' Retro)

Blake and Lauren Segall have put a new spin on the classic photobooth by retrofitting one into their Split Window Volkswagen Bus.

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Tampa Bay Wave

For over a decade, Tampa Bay Wave has been busting the myth that startups must leave Tampa Bay to grow.

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Randall Russell
Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

Focus: Planning

St. Pete 10 years after the recession: Fewer banks, tougher rules and plenty of business to go around

Creating Livable City Streets [Kottke]

In 1981, a Berkeley urban design professor named Donald Appleyard published a book called Livable Streets (now out of print). In it, he described the results of research he’d done in the late 1960s about the effects of car traffic on the people who live in cities.

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‘Alexa, what are my sales?’ Find out how AI will change your business at Synapse

Tingiris will talk about the role of artificial intelligence and digital assistants during the Synapse Summit, Jan. 23-24 at Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa.

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