Saturday, July 4, 2020

Fund launches to give an early boost to black startups

Recent nationwide protests around racial inequality triggered a conversation at Florida early-stage investment group Seedfunders.  That’s because investors at Seedfunders — which originated in St. Petersburg...

Why this internet pioneer moved his cyber firm here with plans to double in...

Roughly half of all businesses fail within their first five years, but Sergio Heker’s first venture became one of the biggest commercial internet providers in the world.

Here’s how this tech firm uses AI to speed up traffic flow

When Melissa Gross and Claudia Paskauskas launched InNovo Partners LLC in 2017, they started in an office with one laptop and no furniture.  Three years later, the Orlando-based tech company...

How and why this firm built mask-detecting software

The software can scan crowds of people for masks, check their temperatures and measure their heart rates.  But CodeFirm’s newest product isn’t the tool of an...

Tips from a VC firm on building a more inclusive portfolio

Startup investment firm DeepWork Capital operates on a theory of investing in underinvested places.  That’s why the Orlando-based firm invests in Florida startups, as the state...

Looking to partner with local tech firms? This new program can help.

After Orlando’s Rise of the Rest pitch competition in April 2019, first-place winner Stacie Ruth was invited to the Orlando Economic Partnership’s board meeting.  Ruth, the CEO of...

Central Florida counties join the Space Force HQ race

The bids of three local counties for the future Space Force headquarters are a go for launch.  Brevard, Orange and Seminole counties each are vying to...

Local accelerator, incubator partner to boost startup growth

Two months after Jarin Eisenberg became chief operating officer of tech incubator Groundswell Startups in November 2019, one of the first people she met with was Lilian Myers. 

Autonomous vehicle firm to accelerate operations

When Joe Moye took part in a virtual panel about automated driving systems on June 17, he was joined by representatives of other leading companies in the field, including Toyota Research...

Bay area tech firms predisposed for remote work see permanent changes

On June 1, KnowBe4, the cybersecurity unicorn valued at over $1 billion, brought 150 local employees back to its Clearwater office in a first wave of employees returning.
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