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Tampa Bay Tech Leaders Interviews

Michael Ferris, Abacode - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: Cybersecurity, Compliance, and a New Partnership with Tech Data – Michael Ferris at Abacode

Cybersecurity and everything it entails can get super complicated, super fast. Thankfully, we have great minds like Michael Ferris at Abacode to help us navigate that massively complex web! — Roxanne Williams: Abacode is hot in the news right now due to the announcement of their partnership with Tech Data. For folks who haven’t heard…
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Marc Blumenthal, Florida Funders - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: A State Of The Union On Tech Capital with Marc Blumenthal of Florida Funders

Florida Funders has made a massive impact on the capital that flows through to Tampa’s startups. We’re eternally grateful to Marc and the rest of the Florida Funders team for bringing in accredited investors with different industry backgrounds into the fold. — Roxanne Williams: I was taking a look at your LinkedIn and you have…
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Full Stack Talent - Tech Leaders Reading List and Podcast Recommendations

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders Tech Reading List and Podcast Recommendations

One of the questions we love asking our Tech Leaders is if they have any book or podcast recommendations. This has allowed us to put together an amazing tech reading list, filled to the brim with what Tampa’s best entrepreneurs read and listen to. We hope this tech reading list will bring you ideas of…
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Brian Kornfeld, Synapse - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: 2 Hours With Tampa’s Rocket Scientist and Founder of Synapse, Brian Kornfeld

It’s a rare chance to speak with a rocket scientist, entrepreneur, and connector all at once – but Brian Kornfeld has done it all, and seen it all. We spent a good 2 hours with him, learning all about his career in Tampa, especially his work at Synapse and what comes next. — Roxanne Williams:…
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James Gress, Accenture - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: Evangelizing DevOps Culture with James Gress at Accenture

As the first DevOps member at Accenture Tampa Advanced Technology Center, James Gress has built an amazing team. He spoke to us about an intensive DevOps training program he’s spearheading at Accenture in an effort to bring more talent to Tampa Bay, and about DevOpsDays, an event coming up in June. — Matt Vaughn: Can…
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Kiki Roeder - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: Navigating Tampa’s Startup Ecosystem with Kiki Roeder

Kiki Roeder has been an active part of the Tampa startup community for the last few years. She has founded and exited two companies and is the Director of Women Who Code in Tampa. She was happy to share her knowledge and wisdom with us in this interview. — Roxanne Williams: I’d like for you…
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Marvin Scaff - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: Marvin Scaff – Why Tampa’s C-Suite Technologist Is Switching Gears From High-Tech To Social Issues

Marvin Scaff has been an important part of Tampa’s tech ecosystem for years. He has recently switched gears from mainly tech companies to a really cool kids show, Dear Doodles, focused on inclusivity. Marvin sat down for some drinks with us at The Independent, and we talked about this project at length. We also touched…
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Scott Conlon, MyArea Network - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: Connecting Local Communities – Scott Conlon of MyArea Network

Scott Conlon has been championing the local scene in Tampa for years now – even before he started MyArea Network. We’re so happy we got to speak with Scott about his takes on talent, tech, our wonderful city of Tampa, and how important connecting with your local community truly is. — Roxanne Williams: You came…
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Samyr Qureshi, Knack - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: A deep dive into EdTech in Tampa with Knack’s CEO, Samyr Qureshi

Knack currently works out of the Tampa Bay WaVE. We went to see Samyr a couple weeks ago and had a great interview, deep-diving into the state of education, hiring tech talent, and maybe a little bit about Mario Kart. — Roxanne Williams: For our readers who don’t know what Knack is, can you give…
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Marcus Session, VP of IT at HCAA - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: Marcus Session, VP of IT at HCAA, Possibly the Nicest Guy Ever

Last week, we went to Tampa International Airport to interview Marcus Session, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority’s VP of IT. On top of having an awesome conversation that lasted 2 hours, we got a really cool ‘behind the scenes’ look of the airport. — Roxanne Williams: You worked at USF for a long time, and you…
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Aharon Chernin, Perch Security - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: Aharon Chernin, CEO of Perch Security, Flocker of the Finest Developers

Perch Security breaks the mold in just about every way. Their branding is charming and funny – a far departure from the usual techy, serious branding of other threat intelligence companies. We spent an hour with Aharon at Perch HQ and spoke candidly about cyber threats, talent, and our tech community here in lovely Tampa.…
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Tony DiBenedetto - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: Tony DiBenedetto, Technology Executive and Community Builder

Tony DiBenedetto has been a pillar in the Tampa tech community for over 20 years. We’re thrilled we got the chance to interview him and catch up on what he’s doing post-Tribridge, including his work on various boards, and with Think Big For Kids. — Roxanne Williams: You’re quite beloved in the Tampa tech community.…
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Ingrid Harb, LaunchCode - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: Ingrid Harb, Managing Director at LaunchCode, Champion of Equality

Ingrid came to the Full Stack Talent office last week to talk about LaunchCode, Tampa, women’s experiences with tech, and the incredibly amazing Women Ambassadors Forum, which is coming up next week! — Roxanne Williams: I’ve seen your name just about everywhere lately: interviews, videos, etc. – seems like you’re exploding. Congratulations on your success.…
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Richard Munassi, Tampa Bay WaVE - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: Richard Munassi, TechDiversity Cohort Director at Tampa Bay Wave, Lover of All Things SCIENCE.

Richard Munassi is a prominent figure in Tampa, involved in a bunch of really cool projects, including the Tampa Bay WaVE TechDiversity Cohort, SpaceCom, SXSW, and so many more. He came down to the Full Stack Talent office and we talked about tech, Tampa, SPACE(!!!), and many other things. — Roxanne Williams: Can you tell…
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Mallory Tai Taylor, assessURhealth - Full Stack Talent Tampa Bay Tech Leaders

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: Mallory Tai Taylor, COO & Co-Founder at assessURhealth, #endthestigma champion.

Roxanne and Matt met with Mallory at assessURhealth’s office and we had an awesome conversation about ending the mental health stigma, Tampa’s tech progress, and what it’s like being a woman in tech. — Roxanne Williams: You just won emerging tech company of the year from Tampa Bay Tech. Congratulations! In your words, what makes…
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