With the news of Clearwater cybersecurity firm KnowBe4 potentially interested in an IPO comes the chance to elevate the Tampa Bay region — and Florida in general — on a national stage, according to local technology leaders.
“If you came here 20 years ago, tourism was a big part of our economy and tech wasn’t,” Tribridge co-founder Tony DiBenedetto said Thursday. “And now tech is so strong. But it’s the diversification in our Tampa Bay area that will help all of us preserve the tax base, create jobs — all of that is absolutely true. And to get the valuations people are getting in this environment, it’s just remarkable, but not surprising.”