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  • Area’s biggest cyber companies back Tampa Bay Wave’s new accelerator
    by Margie Manning

    Tampa Bay Wave wants to make the Tampa-St. Petersburg area a hub for cybersecurity talent and innovation. That’s why Wave is planning a new accelerator program next year that will be a highly specialized 90-day initiative exclusively for innovative and disruptive technology startups focused on cybersecurity. Wave is taking applications now; click here to apply. The post Area’s biggest cyber companies back Tampa Bay Wave’s new accelerator appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • St. Petersburg food service firm gets private equity investment
    by Margie Manning

    GA Foods, a St. Petersburg company that provides nutritional meals, is getting financial backing from one of the largest private equity firms in the world. Warburg Pincus agreed to make a strategic investment in GA Foods, a news release said. The amount of the investment was not disclosed. GA Foods was founded in 1973 and The post St. Petersburg food service firm gets private equity investment appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Janet Echelman on her work at the St. Pete Pier, and other takeaways from FIBA’s Innovation Fusion
    by Margie Manning

    Aerial sculptor Janet Echelman wanted to create art for the St. Pete Pier that would reflect a movement towards justice at the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront location. The result was Bending Arc, unveiled a few weeks ago when the new Pier opened. During a keynote address at the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator’s Innovation Fusion event Wednesday The post Janet Echelman on her work at the St. Pete Pier, and other takeaways from FIBA’s Innovation Fusion appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Tech Data commits $500,000 to close the digital divide for schoolchildren
    by Margie Manning

    Twenty-one local and national organizations are the beneficiaries of the largest ever investment in nonprofits by Tech Data. The Clearwater-based IT distributor committed $500,000 to address digital equity in education in a campaign called Giving Back To School. Among the local recipients of funding from the campaign are the Pinellas Education Foundation, the Hillsborough Education The post Tech Data commits $500,000 to close the digital divide for schoolchildren appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Tampa Bay Tech summit: Zoom, Salesforce execs look at the ‘next normal’ for the workplace
    by Margie Manning

    The workplace has changed forever because of Covid-19, according to top executives from Zoom and Salesforce. “We went from working at work to living at work. We are now moving forward and evolving at work,” Harry Moseley, global chief information officer for Zoom, told attendees at Tampa Bay Tech’s poweredUP virtual summit. “We’re going to The post Tampa Bay Tech summit: Zoom, Salesforce execs look at the ‘next normal’ for the workplace appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Tampa Bay Tech summit gets personal with A-LIGN, Sourcetoad CEOs
    by Margie Manning

    The CEOs of two of the area’s fastest growing companies traded strategies for success during Tampa Bay Tech’s poweredUP virtual summit. Scott Price, CEO of A-LIGN, and Greg Ross-Munro, CEO of Sourcetoad, also talked candidly about life outside the office and the advantages of being headquartered in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area in their wide-ranging discussion. The post Tampa Bay Tech summit gets personal with A-LIGN, Sourcetoad CEOs appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Tech Data tackles Covid-19’s ‘female recession’
    by Margie Manning

    It’s no secret that there’s not a lot of diversity in the technology industry. The Covid-19 pandemic has both exacerbated the issue and provided opportunities to change the status quo, according to three leaders at Tech Data Corp. The three leaders – all women — were among the panelists who took part in the first The post Tech Data tackles Covid-19’s ‘female recession’ appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Empathy, understanding grow as pandemic prompts new ways of doing business at Embarc Collective
    by Margie Manning

    Seeing and listening to coworkers and clients speaking from inside a Zoom box or Microsoft Teams room can provide a new perspective on their lives. That’s one of the lessons learned by Lakshmi Shenoy, CEO of Embarc Collective, during the Covid-19 pandemic. She said she has increased empathy for every person with whom she now The post Empathy, understanding grow as pandemic prompts new ways of doing business at Embarc Collective appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Jabil names new chief information officer
    by Margie Manning

    Jabil has promoted a key IT executive to senior vice president and chief information officer. The new CIO, May Yap, succeeds Gary Cantrell, who retired recently from Jabil (NYSE: JBL), a global manufacturing services business and the largest company headquartered in St. Petersburg.  As CIO, Yap will be responsible for driving end-to-end technology services and The post Jabil names new chief information officer appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • CEO of Clearwater cyber firm is target of ID theft
    by Margie Manning

    Stu Sjouwerman, CEO of cybersecurity training firm KnowBe4, found himself on the wrong end of an identity theft scheme over the past couple of weeks. Someone applied for a Small Business Administration loan in his name, using his social security number. Someone filed for an unemployment claim in his name, again with the correct social The post CEO of Clearwater cyber firm is target of ID theft appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.