St. Pete company using blockchain to track promotional offers launches $3M capital raise

SKUxchange has kicked off a funding round to raise $3 million. The St. Petersburg-based company, which uses blockchain technology to eliminate fraud and create more transparency and faster payments for businesses that deal with promotional offers, has gotten “tremendous interest,” said Bobby Tinsley, co-founder and executive vice president.

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Local entrepreneur fuses tech and fashion to custom design shoes and clothing

Brian Sallee, a serial entrepreneur with deep roots in the Tampa-St. Pete technology community, has a new venture. ModernCasual is an e-commerce store that offer business-appropriate shoes and apparel that can be customized using 3D configurator web software. There are options to change colors, texture, burnishing and other product components.

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Take a peek inside one of the highest-priced condos ever sold in St. Pete

A penthouse at ONE St. Petersburg has sold for $4.15 million. It’s the highest-priced condo sale in ONE St. Petersburg this year and the second-highest condo sale in Pinellas County this year, according to Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s South Tampa office.

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Startup Report #045 - Tampa Bay Wave

Wave Founder Linda Olson shares her thoughts on the local capital scene (and we celebrate her recent award from Tampa Bay Tech).

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Your Real Stories: Celebrating life, one piece at a time

Everyone has a story. And in St. Petersburg, every story is worth sharing. That unequivocal math is the engine that drives chroniclers Jaye Sheldon and Dr. Lillian Dunlap, who’ve been tale-telling in town for a dozen years through their innovative nonprofit Your Real Stories, Inc.

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The Shuffle

Leanna Jackson
Tampa Bay Watch


The Hustle


Vlad Karymsakov and Dmitrii Isac are the co-founders of Kwidos, a tech solution that connects homeowners with home improvement professionals.

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Community Voices

Why St. Pete should make the pelican our official bird

Sometime in 2020, I presume, St. Pete will introduce the world to its new pier. Among its anticipated delights is a statue of a giant pelican – origami style – at the top of the approach. A picture of that sculpture reminded me of a poem that is now more than 100 years old, a limerick, written by a Tennessee editor, Dixon Merritt. He was inspired to write it after he received a pelican postcard from one of his readers on vacation in West Florida:

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Barbara Mazer Gross
The Florida Orchestra

Focus: .org

The org that doles out .org websites just sold itself to a for-profit company

Today, the Public Interest Registry (PIR), which maintains the .org top-level domain, announced that it will be acquired by Ethos Capital, a private equity firm (via Domain Name Wire). This move will make PIR, previously a non-profit domain registry, officially part of a for-profit company — which certainly seems at odds with what .org might represent to some. Originally, “.org” was an alternative to the “.com” that was earmarked for commercial entities, which lent itself to non-profit use

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The Spectacular Rise and Fall of WeWork

[Bloomberg][Video]In less than one year, WeWork went from having a $47 billion valuation and being the darling of the venture capital world to needing an $8 billion infusion to avoid running out of money. This is the story of Adam Neumann, Softbank's risky investment, a failed IPO and how we got here.

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