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Topic “startups”

Would you join a social network just for entrepreneurs?

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Yes, please invite me, YouNoodle sounds awesome
88% (14 votes)
No thanks, I'd rather use LinkedIn
13% (2 votes)
No thanks, I'd rather use
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 16

Coworking in Tampa has launched

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IdeaField Coworking is now open. Our search for a larger facility continues, but for the time being, we are open for business and co-located with Elevation Brand in Tampa Heights. We are calling this our Beta launch of Ideafield because it is a bit smaller than our target facility, but we have all the features needed to kickoff a good coworking experience here in Tampa. We have shared work areas with brand new Ikea desks and a conference room that will seat up to 10 with white boards. Amenities include high-speed WiFi, network laser printer, minifridge, microwave, coffee, etc.

Ushahidi has lots of Awesome News

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Do you all know about Ushahidi? It's a web application that can show real-time mapped data, often sent in by people who have the best information - the guy standing on the street during the disaster, election, or other event.


Ushahidi means “testimony” in Swahili, and the app was originally developed to track events during a tumultuous election in Kenya. The idea was (partially) cooked up by one of our own Florida Creatives, Erik Hersman, who you may have seen at BarCamp, BlogOrlando or Happy Hour.

They use the word "crowd-sourced" to describe it, but to me, it's really about a network of individuals who act as filters and amplifiers for what would otherwise be a bunch of noise. There is no chain of command, so the information gets updated instantly without getting filtered through news media, government or other organizations.

Florida Early-Stage Venture Conference


Omni Orlando Resort in ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Blvd
ChampionsGate, FL 33896
May 15 2009

The Florida Venture Forum is calling for outstanding private companies in the state of Florida to apply to be presenters at the second annual Early Stage Venture Capital Conference on Friday, May 15, 2009 at the Omni Orlando Resort in ChampionsGate.

The Early Stage Conference will showcase approximately 10-12 early stage, high growth private companies in all industries before a national audience of venture capitalists, angel investors, private equity investors and investment bankers. Selection criteria include talented management teams, proprietary technology and high growth potential.

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