Category: Technology

Ignoring This Trend Could Ruin Startup Incubators

For a while I have expressed concern about the future of startup business incubators that are not only in Tampa Bay but everywhere. Tampa Bay Innovation Center president Tonya Elmore noted in the Tampa Bay Times last year that every “city council member in every town wants an incubator now that startups like Facebook glamorized entrepreneurship”. The article estimates …

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Starbucks Takes First True Step into the Knowledge Economy

The terms “knowledge economy” and “digital age” have been thrown around by professionals, pundits, academics, and politicians in some form or another for at least 20 years. Until this week however not one of them has presented a real grasp of the nature of this new economy. Most everyone has attempted to measure and understand the knowledge economy …

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The Up Side of Looking Down

Today we often read, hear about, or otherwise discuss how being constantly connected by technology through our smart phones and other devices to social media and the Internet is diminishing our appreciation for “real” conversations and building “real” relationships in the physical world. We are encouraged to unplug and disconnect as we fight very real …

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In Welcoming Amazon, Remember the Call Centers

Amazon’s more than 1,000 full-time jobs with comprehensive benefits at new fulfillment centers in Hillsborough County and Lakeland, Florida are welcomed additions to central Florida’s economy right now as the economy continues to recover. However while we can celebrate a win let’s remember that unless we keep evolving and bringing innovation to the I-4 corridor this …

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