Embarc Collective’s next moves

Next week will be a big one for Embarc Collective, the Jeff Vinik-backed initiative to elevate the startup community in the Tampa area.

The nonprofit organization will begin taking applications for memberships. It also will unveil renderings that provide a first look at the design of Embarc’s 32,000-square-foot facility.

Embarc aims to bring together entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other funders, and academic resources in one space.

“It is a little bit of an experiment to see if a physical space, a physical central landing zone, will create the kind of community we want.”

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Making waves: Legendary yacht designer Ron Holland to speak in St. Pete

His career didn’t exactly start here, but the Tampa Bay area was a key marker on lauded yacht designer Ron Holland’s long, successful journey. A visionary, an adventurer, a tireless innovator and the creator of a new generation of 100-foot-plus super yachts, Holland worked for a time at Pinellas-based Morgan Yachts, and it was in the Morgan shipyard that he built his first really, really famous sailing vessel. Like Holland himself, it’s the stuff of legend.

Holland will talk about those early days Friday night at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and again Saturday afternoon at Haslam’s Books, where he’ll sign his just-published autobiography, All the Oceans: Designing by the Seat of My Pants.

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Business briefs: Election impact on local stocks, hospital scorecard and more

- One of the big winners after Tuesday’s election was WellCare Health Plans Inc. The stock price of the Tampa-based managed healthcare company jumped 5.7 percent Wednesday to $275.21 a share, although the price fell back a bit in early trading Thursday.

- Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, the largest hospital in St. Pete, got a D on a newly released grade card from The Leapfrog Group.

- Plaza Construction has been selected as the builder for 357 on 5th, a luxury condominium tower under development in downtown St. Petersburg.

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Ode On A Grecian Tax [Planet Money]

Taxes have been around for thousands of years. Governments want your money! But the relationship between taxes and representative government is particularly interesting. Today, The Indicator talks with financial historian William N. Goetzmann about the relationship between democracy and taxes.

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The Hustle

Delta Munoz (Ascension Global)

Delta Munoz is the founder and CEO of Ascension Global Technology, a cybersecurity company in St. Petersburg. In a highly complex digital age, there are countless methods by which bad people can get your information. Ascension Global helps companies protect themselves from cyber flaws.

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Bank of Tampa

The Bank of Tampa started out in 1984 as a local, regional bank. Since then, it has blossomed into a resourceful community bank, offering not only the personal touch that one would expect from a smaller bank, but also the advanced resources of larger banks.

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The Shuffle

Giovanni Cucchiaro, M.D.
Johns Hopkins All Children's

Gaby Provenzano
B2 Communications


Ryan Griffin
Johnson Pope

Focus: Elections

Florida Senate and Governor races head to recount [The Hill]

Florida's Senate and governor races tightened even more on Thursday, buoying Democratic hopes that Sen. Bill Nelson and Andrew Gillum could eke out narrow wins and frustrating Republicans who saw the contests as all but decided.

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ACUMEN: Perception

Your native language affects what you can and can't see [Research Digest]

Now in a new paper, published in Psychological Science, Martin Maier and Rasha Abdel Rahman at the Humboldt University of Berlin report that by affecting visual processing at an early stage, such linguistic differences can even determine whether someone will see a coloured shape – or they won’t.

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