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  1. Trigaux: Closing Iron Yard coding school hits area tech hard but leaders talk of options

    Business

    The coming shutdown this fall of the Iron Yard software coding school in downtown St. Petersburg — announced this month as part of a national closing of all 15 Iron Yard locations — remains a shocking event to a Tampa Bay technology community that dreams big of becoming a major player in the Southeast if not the nation. …

    The loss of The Iron Yard will leave a gap in the talent pipeline in the region for high demand skills, says Patricia Gehant, who has led multiple efforts to increase student interest in technology careers here. "Maybe this is a great opportunity for both (education and business)  to rethink how talent is prepared for the workforce." 
[Photo by Chuck Vosburgh]
  2. Trigaux: Tampa Bay's rising tech scene helps secure nonstop San Francisco flight

    Business

    Legendary crooner Tony Bennett can still leave his heart in San Francisco. But Tampa Bay startups may soon find both vital California venture capital funding and collaboration with Silicon Valley are about to get easier for young companies here. …

    Jim Ferea, left, United Airlines Managing Director of Domestic Planning and Joe Lopano, right, Chief Executive Officer of Tampa International Airport, pull back the curtains unveiling new nonstop flights to San Francisco on United Airlines. The nonstop flights will begin in February and will connect Tampa Bay's small but growing startup scene to the tech capital of the wolrd. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 14

    Events

    Guy Torry: Guy has been seen on BET's Comic View, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Showtime at the Apollo and Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000. …

  4. Ignite Tampa gives speakers 5 minutes to spark a community movement

    News

    No politicians, politics or pitches. Just community. That's the focus of Ignite Tampa, an annual TED talk-style open mic night where people share their passions and visions for the Tampa Bay area. …

    Joe Lopano, the chief executive officer of Tampa International Airport, speaks at Ignite Tampa last year. This year’s event will feature more than 20 community-minded speakers.
  5. Pressing forward: The 25 most influential business players in Tampa Bay

    Business

    It's easy to list prominent and powerful business people. Tampa Bay has plenty. It's tougher to choose those whose skills, experience, passion and force of personality make them influential. As in capable of moving a specific industry or part of the regional economy forward in a positive way. As in being here not just today but for the longer term.  …

    Brian Lamb, center, makes the list of the Top 25 most influential people in the Tampa Bay business community. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
  6. To those who made Tampa Bay economy better in 2014 — thanks

    Incoming

    Bravo to every person noted here for making the 2014 Tampa Bay economy stronger, smarter and more confident to try new things. Many more deserve thanks, so consider this list just the tip of an impressive iceberg. Well done to all. Hearty appreciation goes to:  …

    From left, Les and Pam Muma and USF College of Business dean Moez Limayem celebrate after an interview at the Tampa Bay Times. The Mumas become the largest single donor to the University of South Florida after giving $25 million to the College of Business in Tampa.
  7. Tampa Bay's creating more successful startups, but can it keep more of them?

    Business

    This is Todd Goldberg's rapid entrepreneurial trajectory. …

    Todd Goldberg’s startup, now called Eventjoy, was started in Tampa Bay but relocated.
  8. Hillsborough commission sets $2M fund to help tech startups

    Localgovernment

    TAMPA — For years, Hillsborough County and other Florida governments have focused job-creating efforts on trying to lure existing business from other locales or help big corporations add more workers. …

  9. 32 speakers get 5 minutes each to ignite Tampa Bay's economy, imagination

    Business

    TAMPA Think you can set a fire and ignite a passion under Tampa Bay in only a few minutes? It's not easy. But 32 diverse folks gave it a try in strictly enforced five-minute pitches at the landmark Tampa Theatre on Thursday night. …

    Internet strategist Mical Johnson of the Sarasota area tackles the rising influence of Google during the third annual “Ignite Tampa” event on Thursday. Don’t just Google every question you have and accept the answers that come up near the top in searches, he told the audience.
  10. Tampa Bay at a crossroads in nurturing startup culture

    Business

    Tampa Bay stands at an innovation crossroads. While its emerging startup community exudes enthusiasm, big concerns persist about the long-term viability of this region as a serious hub for entrepreneurs. For starters, let's come to grips with some basic rules of entrepreneurship: …

    Executive director Linda Olson, center, leads a preview tour of the FirstWAVE Venture Center, the 1-stop-shop for entrepreneurs and business start-ups opening with a federal grant on the 2nd floor of the Rivergate Tower, 400 North Ashley, Tampa. From left, FirstWAve director Jennifer Metz, chairman of FirstWAVE steering committe George M Gordon, Olson, FirstWAVE marketing associate Gracie Stemmer and FirstWAVE director of operations Deborah Neff.