Life For Sale’s Ben Mallah talks real estate, YouTube stardom and legacy

Ben Mallah started out his multi-million dollar real estate career in California, picking up garbage for a break on his rent. At the time, Mallah was 22, stationed in Oakland, Calif. after a stint in Germany. The landlord was impressed by Mallah’s work ethic and put him in charge of the building. Soon, he was in charge of all of the buildings.

Now, more than thirty years later, the self-made real estate “tycoon” (Mallah rejects this designation), is one of the biggest investors in Tampa Bay, with a real estate portfolio worth more than $200 million.

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The Global Village nomad who now calls Tampa Bay home

You’ve likely seen the striking books on the coffee tables of cafes and offices across Tampa Bay. Open the cover, and stories of region-altering businesses, must-see attractions, and local thought leaders stare back. The glossy pages drip with color, boasting photos of Tampa Bay’s natural and man-made assets.

Given the depth and breadth of the varied entities detailed in the Best of Tampa Bay and Innovate Tampa Bay publications, you might be surprised to learn that they weren’t created by a Tampa Bay native. You might also be surprised to find that these are just two of dozens of series publications throughout the world produced by the same company, The Global Village.

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Who suffers when local news disappears [Columbia Journalism Review]

AMERICA’S LOCAL NEWS has reached its death spiral phase.

Look no further than today’s grim announcement from the New York Daily News, a once proud fighter in the city’s news wars. On Monday, the tabloid’s owner, Tronc, announced the latest in a slog of job cuts, this one totaling 50 percent of the staff and prompting the departure of Jim Rich, who had been the paper’s editor.

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SPx classic: Reuben Pressman, Presence

Culture, money and fun - take a deep dive into the St Pete start-up world with entrepreneur Reuben Pressman.

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The Hustle

Mark Thomas (Boaters Republic)

For Thomas, the process of starting his small business came after too many visits to big-box stores. "The experience when buying such fun stuff should be better," he thought. So, he made it himself.

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Preserve the ‘Burg

True to its name, Preserve the ‘Burg works tirelessly to maintain the history, charm and beauty of the Sunshine City.

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The Shuffle

Shevette Batts
St. Petersburg Free Clinic

Jason Mathis
St. Pete Downtown Partnership


Frank Biafora

Focus: Bonds

Rising corporate debt: Peril or promise?

Corporate bond issuance has increased 2.5 times over the past ten years, creating a broader and deeper market in many countries. But there are rising risks.


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ACUMEN: Don Draper

The death of Don Draper [New Statesman]

Advertising, once a creative industry, is now a data-driven business reliant on algorithms. The implications are deeply sinister – not only for the consumer but for democracy itself.

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