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The Science of Growth: Venture capitalist writes new book on why some startups change the world

Want to know why some companies fail and others flourish? A venture capitalist has a new book about his search for the practices that fueled some of the most successful startups in recent history, and he’s hoping it will give entrepreneurs in Tampa, and across the country, a blueprint for capturing some of that startup magic themselves.

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: E-building Concepts

E-Building specializes in creating 3D modeling and printing for the building industry. Through the use of Oculus Rift, the company offers the experience of taking a virtual walk through construction plans before the first shovel hits the dirt. 

The storm water vault at Technology Park at ENCORE!

Healthy, green affordable housing in Downtown Tampa celebrates Earth Day

Innovative, sustainable and adding value -- the Tampa Housing Authority is hosting its first annual community Earth Day celebration this year, showcasing ENCORE! Tampa and its green design.

Leo Villanueva went undercover as a homeless person for four days in the summer of 2009, to learn more about their plight.

For Good: Benefit to raise funds, awareness for Tampa Bay area charity that feeds hungry

After Trinity Café 2 opens later this month in the First Church of God, 2202 E. Busch Blvd. in north Tampa, it is expecting to draw 200 to 300 people for free meals on weekdays.

Bonnie Walker (R) teaches Kelly Clark and Megan Body the rules of shuffleboard at realize Bradenton's PopUps for a Purpose event.

Exploring a millennial-fueled future for Sarasota, Bradenton

A collaborative effort by local colleges and universities, the Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast (C4), aims to change the narrative about the Sarasota-Bradenton area to better attract students and reflect opportunities for millennials. 

Al fresco ballerinas in Trinidad, CO

Helping artists across the U.S. build capacity and community

Artspace started 30 years ago with a simple plan to develop more affordable housing for artists. Now they're taking a place-based consulting approach to help artists build capacity, raise funds and learn from each other -- on a wider scale than ever before.

New Town Connections event.

Tampa Bay dating scene heats up with new options for meeting someone special

The dating scene in the Tampa Bay area seems to be simmering these days as the region attracts more people -- especially singles -- from all over the globe.

Karolak spends time with her nieces and nephews during a 2015 trip to Serbia.

Bridging Cultures: Irena Milasinovic Karolak moves from Croatia to St. Pete

The Tampa Bay region's wealth of diversity enriches the local economy through a variety of cultures, food, arts, job skills, experiences and perspective. In this second in an occasional series originally published by FORUM magazine, Irena Milasinovic Karolek tells her family's experience in moving to the Tampa Bay region from Croatia during wartime. 

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Meet a few chalk artists sketching images, portraits on urban sidewalks everywhere

Local art festivals often feature a special display by chalk artists or street painters who attract admirers young and old to see amazing creations flowing over cracks and concrete blemishes. 

Streetcar Live powered by Gasparilla Music Festival brought the Ries Brothers to the TECO Line "stage".

Gasparilla Music Festival expands influence year-round

The Gasparilla Music Festival takes place for one weekend in March in downtown Tampa, but its foundation’s ongoing, long-term commitment is to music exposure, education and enjoyment throughout the Tampa Bay region.

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Tampa skateboarders get ready to try new Bro Bowl on edge of downtown Tampa

The new Perry Harvey Sr. Park on the northern edge of downtown Tampa is a tribute to Tampa’s Civil Rights movement and historic Central Avenue business district and includes upgraded features: a reinvented Bro Bowl, a history walk with monuments, water features, green lawns and a community center for kids. 

Edgardo Dangond and wife Adriana, with sons Felipe ( at  left)  and  Nicolas in Colombia, 2009.

Bridging Cultures: Edgardo Dangond moves from Colombia to Florida

The Tampa Bay region's wealth of diversity enriches the local economy through a variety of ways, including culture, food, dance, music, job skills and perspective. In this first in an occasional series originally published by FORUM magazine, Edgardo Dangond tells his family's experience in moving to the Tampa Bay region from Colombia so he could pursue a college degree. 

Drone Radio Show podcast.

Information meets inspiration: Locals make Tampa a hotbed for podcasting

“California has film and New York has TV. We’re trying to make Tampa Bay the place for podcasting, to be a leader in this growing medium,” says Chris Krimitsos, a local business booster who founded the Florida Podcasters Association along with a handful of other content creators.

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: Computer Mentors

Computer Mentors works to make I.T. happen. The nonprofit works to empower youth with the technology, tools and talent they need to be successful in the 21st century workforce. Instructors and mentors provide training in coding, software development, app development and video production.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn kicks off Tampa Bay Startup Week.

Tampa Bay Startup Week fosters connections through conversation, community building

Did you attend Tampa Bay Startup Week? What was the highlight of the week’s more than 80 events, spread across five days in mid-February? Tell us about it! 
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