Synapse, Embarc, St. Pete EDC leaders talk about building a brand for Tampa Bay

“Back in the ’90s, Austin started calling itself the live music capital of the world and willed themselves into existence, of actually being the live music capital of the world,” said Brian Kornfeld, co-founder and chief operating officer of Synapse, an organization formed to help entrepreneurs and investors make connections.

Tampa has key industries that it could build a brand around, Kornfeld said, citing healthcare technology, financial technology, sports and entertainment, and culinary innovation.

“Right now, we are ripe for that opportunity, for us to will ourselves into being the ‘blank capital of the world’ or as I would like to think of us, as the world’s next greatest innovation ecosystem,” Kornfeld said

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At St. Petersburg City Theatre, the show WILL go on

A Christmas Carol came close to extinction in 2017, when the nonprofit theater’s board of directors disbanded, citing a low-to-nothing bank balance and executive-level ennui. With local, state and federal funds all but non-existent in the post-recession economy, ticket sales weren’t paying the bills. They were tired.

A group of citizens – some with theater experience, many without – came together with a plan to get SPCT back on its feet through extensive fundraising, profile-heightening and demonstrative demonstrations that St. Petersburg’s longest-lived cultural institution was worth saving.

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Business briefs: SavvyCard strikes a deal with Core Logic, Deloitte Fast 500 and more

- SavvyCard, a St. Pete tech company that helps business professionals develop sales leads, has struck a new deal with CoreLogic, a property data and analytics company.

- Two local cybersecurity firms, KnowBe4 in Clearwater and ReliaQuest in Tampa, made the 2018 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America.

- Intrinio founder Rachel Carpenter recounts her career journey and goes in-depth on Intrinio’s prospects in the current edition of Upside, the first podcast devoted to startups outside of Silicon Valley.

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Rags to riches: The $6 million purchase of Pinellas’ newest manufacturing business [Video]

Shukla, a 71-year-old immigrant from India, shared the story of how he got a job as a low-level factory worker at the company — then located in Piscataway, New Jersey — in 1973 by “forgetting” to include his MS in industrial engineering on the job application. He rose through the ranks over the next 15 years, and in 1988 bought the company.

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The Hustle

Julie Peck (Eden)

Incorporating her love of travel, family background, and environmental conscience into one entity, Peck now focuses on creating unique wine carriers and cheese boards, filling a niche she found herself looking for.

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Girls on the Run Tampa Bay

Girls on the Run of Greater Tampa Bay is a chapter of Girls on the Run, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building up the confidence of pre-teen girls through running.

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The Shuffle

Heidi Hugh
PACE Center for Girls

Carl Lavender, Jr.
Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg


Paul Wilborn
Palladium Theater

Focus: Performing Arts

Interview with Tampa Bay native singer/songwriter Christie Lenee [Audio 15:48]

Tampa Bay native, acclaimed singer/songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Christie Lenee joins Catalyst publisher Joe Hamilton ahead of her Sunday evening show (Nov. 18) at the Straz Center in Tampa.

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ACUMEN: Transparency

Opening Up About Comp Isn’t Easy — Here’s How to Get More Transparent [First Round]

Most founders strive to infuse transparency into the DNA of their startups. But when the more specific topic of compensation transparency comes up, some start to shift uncomfortably in their seats, perhaps out of a fear that they’ll be pressured to share everyone’s salary in a spreadsheet for all to see.

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