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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!
 

Worth reading

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...

 

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?

 

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.

 

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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