Hello, Tampa Bay techies, entrepreneurs, and nerds!
Every week, dedicated individuals and organizations in around the Tampa Bay do more than just their “day jobs”. They get involved in events where they share their knowledge, make connections and friends, and gather together to build strong tech, entrepreneur, and nerd communities. That’s why I do this every week: I put together a list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events to make sure that they can be found and you can attend them!
Here’s what’s happening in Tampa Bay this week!
This weekly list is posted as a voluntary service to the Tampa tech community. With the notable exceptions of Tampa iOS Meetup and Coders, Creatives and Craft Beer — both of which I run — most of this information comes from Meetup.com, EventBrite, and other local event announcement sites. I can’t guarantee the accuracy of the dates and times listed here; if you want to be absolutely sure that the event you’re interested in is actually taking place, please contact the organizers!
Joy Randels: Want to Build a Tech Hub Outside fo Silicon Valley? Focus on Building Real Companies.
In this article, Joy makes the very important observation that while having ESOs (Entrepreneur Support Organizations) is helpful, the real key to building a tech hub doesn’t lie in the ESOs, but the organizations they support: the actual startups themselves. She writes:
The ESO's can help by providing a less regulation, open work environments, etc. those are helpful to entrepreneurs but often the press, marketing, and all around hype become about the ESO's and not the startups. Why? Generally because the founders of startups that are building real companies are far too busy building those businesses to spend their time attending startup events, pitch competitions, or coffee meetings and events led by government officials. it's simple time management and focus. They have only 24 hours in a day and the ultimate goal of any real business is paying customers and smart founders know any activity that isn't leading to that goal is taking away from their mission and potentially places tier startup in harms way.
Long story short: Sure, make your appearances at startup and entrepreneur events, but in the end, they’re “side quests”. Your actual quest is to be in the business of running your business, making the things you set out to make, and serve your customers.
Read the full article here.
Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Wave work to unlock local capital for startups
At both the “State of the Tampa Bay Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” gathering at USF and Upsurge Florida in St. Pete, the message was the same: More work needs to be done to get the word out about the startup technology community in the Tampa Bay area. Linda Olson (President and CEO of Tampa Bay WaVE) and Jeff Vinik (Tampa Bay Lightning owner, Channelside rebuilder and billionaire investor) both point out that a missing piece of the local scene is local investment. There are about 128,000 households on the I-4 corridor that fall under the category of “accredited investors” (income of $200K solo or $300 with a spouse), and less than 1% of them actually participate as early-stage investors.
Read the full article here.
Tampa International ranked best midsize airport in America
In the Wall Street Journal’s annual survey ranking the U.S.’ best large and midsize airports, TPA came out on top and got the 5th highest score out of all the airports they ranked. I’m not surprised; it is a delight compared to so many other airports. I just flew back from Manila in October, and let me tell you, the difference between MNL and TPA set them a world apart...literally!
This week’s events
Monday, November 18, 2019
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Inno on Fire is Tampa Bay Inno’s inaugural awards ceremony recognizing the region's entrepreneurs, executives, startups and tech businesses that are on fire. The event will feature “networking, tasty bites, cocktails, craft beer and wine, along with the very special announcement of the ‘Inno Blazer,’” where one standout company or individual from each category to be honored as a blazer, which will be announced at the event. Blazers will receive, yes, a red blazer. Tickets are still available at $55.
We’ll be celebrating the individuals, companies and organizations that are driving innovation across a variety of categories, including...
- 7th Annual Building Entrepreneurship Around TampaBay (BEAT) @ USF CONNECT - Research Park. 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Business Professionals — Introduction to Tampa Bay Business Professionals @ The Breakroom Bar & Grill, 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM
- Tampa Bay Connections — New Tampa Business Networking Lunch @ Glory Days Grill, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking Group — Carrolwood Networking Lunch McAllisters Deli @ McAlister's Deli, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Clearwater Renaissance Speakers Toastmasters @ Clearwater Community Volunteers, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
- Westshore Toastmasters @ FIVE Labs, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
- Brandon Boardgamers — Tuesday Night Gaming @ Cool Stuff Games, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Defcon813 — OSCP Study Group - Linux RCE pt 3 @ 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Inno on Fire @ Factory114, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Learn Cybersecurity Tampa — Intro to WiFi Security @ SecureSet, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Dynamic Talks Tampa — Tampa "Digital Transformation in Finance and Data Strategy" @ Bank OZK Innovations Lab, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Tampa SQL User Groups — Pinellas - Monthly Meeting @ St Pete College - EpiCenter, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — WESTSHORE PIZZA - BELLEAIR BLUFFS - LIVE TEAM TRIVIA !!! @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- WordPress St. Petersburg — Design Thinking: A Method for User Focused Problem Solving @ Suncoast Developers Guild, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Tampa Bay Laravel — Meetup Clone Hackathon! @ 3rd Floor, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
- Spirited Toastmasters @ St Stephens Catholic School, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
- Game Club Tampa Meetup — Tuesday Nite Roleplayers (RPGs) [Full] @ Grand Arena of Mind Expansion, 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
- Woodshop Tool Sign Off-Jointer, Planer, & Bandsaw (Members Only) @ Tampa Hackerspace, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Tampa R Users Group — Chris Woodard presents: Creating R packages! @ Southern Brewing & Winemaking, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Anime, Nerds & Geeks — AMC $7 MOVIES @ 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
- Nerdbrew Events — Pints & Pixels @ Yard of Ale Soho, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
- St. Pete Beers 'n Board Games Meetup for Young Adults @ Flying Boat Brewing Company, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — DAIQUIRI SHAK RAW BAR & GRILL - MADEIRA BEACH - LIVE TEAM TRIVIA @ 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
At Wednesday’s Tampa QA Meetup, Jeff Fudge of Green Pages Technologies will present DevOps 101, where he’ll answer questions such as: What is DevOps and why does it matter? What problems will DevOps help testers solve? How do I set up CI/CD pipelines for automated tests? What mistakes can I avoid? Why is continuous testing important?
- Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking Group — Downtown St Pete Networking at the Hangar~ Wednesday Mornings @ The Hangar, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
- 1 Million Cups St. Pete — Startup Space, LLC / Cope Notes @ St. Petersburg Greenhouse, 9:00 AM
- 1 Million Cups Tampa — Expedite, LLC / Veterans ASCEND @ Entrepreneur Collaborative Center, 9:00 AM
- OPEN/FREE Coworking for Veteran Entrepreneurs @ FirstWaVE Venture Center, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
- Fintech — Live Webinar: How Inefficient Ordering Habits Affect Your Alcohol Margins @ Online, 11:00 AM
- Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking Group — Bernini of Ybor Lunch Networking @ Bernini (innovative italian cuisine), 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Connections — Ybor Networking @ Bernini of Ybor, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Fintech — Live Webinar: How Inefficient Ordering Habits Affect Your Alcohol Margins @ Online, 3:00 PM
- Cards Against Humanity - Tampa Bay and Lakeland — Cards Against The Holidays 2019 @ 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
- Tampa Bay Software QA and Testing Meetup — DevOps 101 for Testers: Get started with CI/CD @ Sogeti Tampa, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Tech Career Advice Forum — How to Beat the Applicant Tracking System @ Computer Coach Training Center, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
- November Tampa Bay Kanban Meetup @ Dale Carnegie Tampa Bay, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- IEEE Professionals of the Florida West Coast — WHAT'S GOING ON INSIDE OF ME: THE SCANNING FIBER ENDOSCOPE @ 702 N Franklin St, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
- Suncoast Linux Users Group — SLUG - Pinellas @ Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- St. Pete Podcasters @ Suncoast Developers Guild, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Monthly Code Kata sponsored by Proforma @ 215 E Davis Blvd, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Defcon813 — CigarCitySec @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Cryptocurrency Tampa Meetup — Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency Meetup: Networking, News, Q&A @ Coastal Cantina and Grill, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Thursday’s Women in Technology International meetup’s topic is Your Lion Inside Rewriting the Narrative for Women. This event will feature Kim Faith, an award-winning author, speaker, trainer, coach, and consultant who has worked with over thirty-thousand corporate leaders from companies including Amazon, American Airlines, Boeing, GE, Lockheed Martin and Target.
- Tampa NoSQL — *REPEAT* Webinar: Step-by-step Cassandra Sandbox Installation @ Online, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
- Tampa Bay Connections — MELLOW MUSHROOM THURSDAY'S NETWORKING LUNCH @ Mellow Mushroom, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Let's Talk Startups — Talking Startups St. Pete @ 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
- WITI - Tampa Bay (Women in Technology International) — Your Lion Inside Rewriting the Narrative for Women @ Nielsen, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Lean Beer for All Things Agile (Tampa) @ The Pub (at Bay Street in Int'l. Plaza), 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
- Learn Cybersecurity Tampa — SecureSet Info Night Tampa @ SecureSet, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
- Hackers/Founders, Tampa/ St. Pete MeetUp Group — Nxt Wave Founders and Hackers/Founders Tampa Bay Chapter @ Corporate Center III, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Tampa NoSQL — NoSQL Social Rendezvous in Tampa!!! @ Zydeco Brew Werks, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Young Professionals Group — Wine tasting in Brandon @ 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- The Florida Business Incubator, Inc. — FL Biz Incubator EVENING Spark Tank This Week! @ Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Innovators of Tampa Bay (IoT) PDMA — TOUR THE 470,000 SQ FT, $200+ MILLION VALPAK FACILITY @ 1 Valpak Ave N, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Tampa Business Club/Networking After Hours — Final TopGolf Networking Extravaganza of the year @ Topgolf Tampa, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Entrepreneur Social Club @ NOVA 535, 6:00 PM
- Tampa Ruby Brigade at SDG: Mystery Meetup @ Suncoast Developers Guild, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — CRESCENT OAKS COUNTRY CLUB - TARPON SPRINGS - LIVE TEAM TRIVIA !!!, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — CAPTAIN'S CORNER - BROOKSVILLE - LIVE TEAM TRIVIA !!!, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — LAKE JOVITA GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB - DADE CITY - LIVE TEAM TRIVIA !!!, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — BAYSCAPE BISTRO AT HERITAGE ISLES - NEW TAMPA - LIVE TEAM TRIVIA !!!, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- The Tampa Ruby Brigade — Elixir for Rubyists @ Suncoast Developers Guild, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
- 3D Printer Deltamaker Orientation (members only) @ Tampa Hackerspace, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
- Ethereum Tampa Bay — Build a customer churn predictor using Watson Studio - Chris Tyler of IBM @ Tampa Bay Wave, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Masterminds Tampa: Where Founders & Marketers Talk Growth — SECRETS OF A 7-FIGURE COPYWRITER @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- The Tampa Bay Gaming Group: D&D, D20, Pathfinder, & More! — Tampa Gamers: Check Out This Tampa-Based Board Game Kickstarter Campaign! @ 11:59PM
Friday, November 22, 2019
Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue? Do you want to work with a passionate startup team? Don't know where to start or who to start with? Startup Weekend Orlando is THE place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. This is no exaggeration — Orlando teams won the Global Startup Battle across 150 cities and 15,000 participants in 2017 AND 2018. That's the last 2 years in a row! Help them make it a 3-peat!
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Sunday, November 24, 2019
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