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  • Leaders discuss women’s expanding role in tech sector
    by Brian Hartz on March 3, 2021

    Tampa Bay Tech kicked off Women’s History Month with a panel discussion, held via Zoom, that featured leaders of the region’s top business incubators — all of whom happen to be women. Hosted by Tampa Bay Tech Executive Director Jill St. Thomas, the lineup of speakers consisted of Tampa Bay Innovation Center President and CEO The post Leaders discuss women’s expanding role in tech sector appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • St. Pete insurer Vault expands footprint, doubles workforce
    by Margie Manning on March 2, 2021

    Vault Holdings, a St. Petersburg-based insurance company that caters to the affluent, flourished in 2020. The company achieved all of its targeted financial milestones, said Charles Williamson, Vault co-founder and CEO. It also demonstrated that its operational model, with strong agency partnerships and a proprietary technology platform, is resonating in the high-net-worth insurance market, Williamson The post St. Pete insurer Vault expands footprint, doubles workforce appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • TypTap founders credit data superiority for success that led to $100M investment
    by Brian Hartz on March 1, 2021

    HCI Group Inc. (NYSE: HCI), a Tampa-based insurance company, laid the groundwork for its insurtech spinoff, TypTap, several years ago when one of its other subsidiaries, a data analytics firm called Exzeo USA, began compiling and organizing information about residential properties and flood zones across the country. It parlayed that into a treasure trove of The post TypTap founders credit data superiority for success that led to $100M investment appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Investment firm pumps $100 million into HCI insurtech TypTap
    by Margie Manning on February 27, 2021

    Centerbridge Partners has invested $100 million in TypTap Insurance Group, an insurtech subsidiary of HCI Group in Tampa. The investment implies a post-money valuation for TypTap of approximately $850 million, a news release said. Centerbridge, a private investment firm, will own about 12 percent of TypTap. TypTap could become a separate publicly traded company in The post Investment firm pumps $100 million into HCI insurtech TypTap appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Startup targets college application process for disruption
    by Brian Hartz on February 22, 2021

    If you’re reading this and you happen to have a degree from an institute of higher learning, you probably remember how onerous the college application process can be. Well, it’s even tougher for minority and underprivileged students — and that’s the problem that College Thriver Inc., an Orlando-based startup, wants to solve. College Thriver is The post Startup targets college application process for disruption appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Disruptive lease management company gets a leg up from business incubator
    by Brian Hartz on February 17, 2021

    The coronavirus pandemic could have made 2020 a terrible year for a startup focused on disrupting the way commercial real estate leases are managed. But instead, the opposite happened, according to Taj Adhav, the co-founder and CEO of Leasecake, which recently secured $3 million in seed funding that was made possible, in part, by its The post Disruptive lease management company gets a leg up from business incubator appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Innovation summit goes fully virtual, offers free admission
    by Brian Hartz on February 12, 2021

    The Synapse Summit, an annual networking and education event for Florida’s innovation and tech community that usually packs Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa, has gone fully virtual for its 2021 edition, set for March 8-11, and will offer free general admission tickets. Synapse Florida CEO Brian Kornfeld, speaking with the Catalyst, said it was an The post Innovation summit goes fully virtual, offers free admission appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Serial entrepreneur sells St. Pete company to Largo tech firm
    by Margie Manning on February 5, 2021

    Salvo Technologies, a technology-based holding company in Largo, has acquired Spectrecology LLC, a St. Petersburg distributor of spectrometers, imaging and sensing products owned by serial entrepreneur Mike Morris. The deal was announced Feb. 2, the same day that Salvo closed on the purchase of an office building at 8060 Bryan Dairy Road. Pinellas County property The post Serial entrepreneur sells St. Pete company to Largo tech firm appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Insurtech firm draws investment from Jeff Vinik as it relocates to Tampa
    by Brian Hartz on February 4, 2021

    The exodus from that other bay area to Tampa Bay continues. TrustLayer, an insurtech startup whose clientele includes Nationwide and Liberty Mutual, has bid adieu to Silicon Valley, moving its headquarters from San Francisco to Tampa.  TrustLayer’s software-as-a-service platform automates the proof of insurance process, adding speed and efficiency to what can often be a The post Insurtech firm draws investment from Jeff Vinik as it relocates to Tampa appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Another tech firm set to relocate headquarters to St. Pete
    by Brian Hartz on January 29, 2021

    CodeBoxx, a San Francisco-based company that trains people how to be web, app and software developers in as little as 16 weeks, plans to move its headquarters to St. Petersburg within the next two months.  Nicolas Genest, the firm’s founder and CEO, confirmed the move in an interview with the Catalyst on Friday. He said The post Another tech firm set to relocate headquarters to St. Pete appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.