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

Remember the web 20 years ago in 1998, or mobile apps a decade ago in 2008? That’s where artificial intelligence is now, with enormous possibilities ahead, a Tampa tech veteran says.

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Seedfunders’ portfolio company gets national spotlight ahead of CES

AVidea's flagship product, dubbed “Safe Zone Gunfire Detector,” uses sensors to analyze active shooter situations and automatically alert authorities.

The technology is getting lots of attention because of the high volume of mass shootings in the past year or two, said David Chitester, CEO of Seedfunders, a St. Petersburg-based early stage investment company.

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Business briefs: Rays reach out to Kriseman; Howard Frankland project

The Tampa Bay Rays officially told Mayor Rick Kriseman that they won’t be looking for a new stadium site outside of St. Petersburg, for now.

The Florida Department of Transportation has chosen the firm that will provide construction engineering and inspection services for a new Howard Frankland Bridge.

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Culture

Susanne Byram’s Left Bank Bistro: A bit of 1920s Paris in St. Pete

Jet-setting all over the world, traveling in fabulous circles, planning charity events and designing interiors for some of Europe’s most luxurious domiciles wasn’t enough for Susanne Byram, who left Houston (and a second home in London) for St. Petersburg.

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The Hustle

Esteban Valdez (Echo-Bridge)

Esteban Valdez is the creative mind of Echo-Bridge, an award-winning animation studio based in St. Petersburg.

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Profile

Poynter

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is the global leader in journalism education.

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The Shuffle

Tara Semb
Bovie Medical

Susan Haldeman
freeFall Theatre

Influencer

Terri Lipsey Scott
Carter G. Woodson

Focus: McKinsey

How McKinsey Has Helped Raise the Stature of Authoritarian Governments [NYT]

It turns out that McKinsey’s role in China is just one example of its extensive — and sometimes contentious — work around the world, according to an investigation by The New York Times that included interviews with 40 current and former McKinsey employees, as well as dozens of their clients.

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ACUMEN: Talent

Take a peek at the paychecks of graduates of USF, UT, Eckerd, and others

The median earnings for University of Tampa students 10 years after graduation is $48,600, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education.

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