What the sale of Vector Solutions means for the Tampa Bay tech sector

A San Francisco private equity firm has a deal to buy Vector Solutions, an eLearning company in Tampa.

Golden Gate Capital signed an agreement to buy Vector from Providence Equity Partners, which has owned Vector for four years. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Golden Gate Capital has $15 billion in capital under management and is one of the most active software investors in the world, said Victoria Zambito, Vector’s senior vice president for content and communications.

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What St. Pete officials will think about when they consider new building codes

The City of St. Petersburg will start a master planning process for 2050 next year, and it’s very likely to have building codes that take into account climate change and sea level rise.

“I have no doubt in my mind that there will be changes to our building code, changes to our zoning. We don’t have a choice,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman.

Kriseman was one of four Florida mayors who talked about lessons learned from several intense hurricanes that have battered the state in recent years during a panel discussion at a workshop hosted by the Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience, or iCAR. The mayors head cities that have each had a major hit or a close call from a major hurricane.

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Business briefs: Vology pushes diversity in tech, regulators cite Tampa man in fraud scheme and more

- A program by Vology, a Clearwater IT managed services firm, will give women and minority students a chance to earn scholarships at St. Petersburg College.

- A Tampa man is one of a dozen internet marketers charged with fraud in a scheme that regulators said conned investors out of tens of millions of dollars through rags-to-riches infomercials.

- Bovie Medical Corp. now owns its 60,000-square-foot headquarters in Clearwater outright.

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Tracing a Meme From the Internet’s Fringe to a Republican Slogan [NYT]

This feedback loop is how #JobsNotMobs came to be. In less than two weeks, the three-word phrase expanded from corners of the right-wing internet onto some of the most prominent political stages in the country, days before the midterm elections.

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The Hustle

Siobhan Monique Roland (Singer)

Siobhan Monique Roland is a captivating soul and jazz performer. Accompanied by her band, The Negro Ninjaz, Roland has performed at many popular local venues, including Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Hideaway Cafe, Side Door Caberet at the Palladium and Jannus Live. Roland is known not just for her soulful covers of artists from Erykah Badu to Lauryn Hill, but her unique stage presence and otherworldly costumes.

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These days, with offices in both Tampa and Atlanta, 22squared is an advertising behemoth, with a roster of Fortune 500 clients from a potpourri of industries. Aside from its work, 22squared distinguishes itself from its peers by way of an employee-focused culture in which the company is owned entirely by employees.

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The Shuffle

Tony DiBenedetto
CCG Analytics

Chris Efessiou
Alzyn LLC


Art O'Hara
R'Club Child Care

Focus: Debate

The Real Lesson of My Debate With Steve Bannon [The Atlantic]

I argued against the false promise of what Trump's former strategist bills as populism. Then events took a strange turn.

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ACUMEN: Quantifying Disruption

Research: Self-Disruption Can Hurt the Companies That Need It the Most [HBR]

When does it make sense to embrace a change early, and when does it make sense to watch and wait?

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