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.
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.
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.
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.