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From Corridor of Crud to Innovation Gateway

Ok – let’s be honest. How many of you live for the thrill of traversing Fowler Avenue? Yes, I know that there are people who spend perfectly good money to travel to San Fermin, Spain to run with the bulls, but at least you can have a sangria afterward. To put it kindly, Fowler Avenue … Continued

Transportation and Teslas in the Tech Economy

Each year, in February, I attend the highly anticipated State of the Valley Conference in San Jose. The conference is hosted by joint Ventures Silicon Valley where thousands of attendees devour the latest of tech data measuring every conceivable indices of the present state and anticipated future of the tech economy. In 2016 cloud computing … Continued

Flyover Metros No More

Happy Holidays fellow travelers. A posting by a local paper in Milwaukee noted a recent study by Apartment List showing the Wisconsin metro as a top destination for the much-desired millennial workforce. There is no doubt that Milwaukee, much like Omaha and other ‘flyover metros’ are emerging destinations for these much sought after talent workers. … Continued

Making Tampa a top destination for talent workers

Plutarch wrote that “an imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailments of all republics.” The purpose of the Tampa Innovation Alliance is to address this imbalance by transforming the University area from “perceived blight” to economic might. On October 26, The Tampa Innovation Alliance invited Richard Florida to speak to … Continued

Blazing a New Trail

Sharpe Bytes – October 18, 2016 The Bureau of Economic Analysis just released its annual rankings of metros by GDP and the Tampa Bay Metro came in at number 26. It was pointed out by @urbntampabay on Twitter that we rank #18 in population so we are “hitting below our weight.” I’ve long chaffed at … Continued

Disruption – It’s All the Rage

Innovation Districts and Technology Hubs are springing up like kudzu on an old picket fence. I started the year with a trip to Silicon Valley, birthplace of modern disruptive technology, and quickly scoured the U.S. – from University City in Philadelphia to the Cortex in St. Louis, seeking the brightest minds in creative collaboration to … Continued

The Battle for Talent

The world is at War. And no – I don’t mean against space aliens, or even robots – at least not yet. What I am discussing is the mind-bending changes occurring in technology which will usher in a dramatic restructuring in ways that we live, work & play. Books like Klaus Schwab’s “The Fourth Industrial … Continued

Continuing the Journey

Hello good friends – Just weeks ago the Tampa Innovation Alliance hosted a first of its kind, cutting edge, trend setting CodaPalooza at Crossover Church where we tackled the wicked problem of homelessness. On Saturday – our intrepid team of coders, hackers, problems solvers, USF students & more assembled to carry the fight forward. We … Continued

Taking a Byte out of Homelessness

How do you alter the course of history? How do you attack wicked problems and reverse decades of blight, hopelessness and destitution? One Sharpe Byte at a Time. I just spent 72 straight hours with programmers, developers, graphic designers, UX experts, techies, homeless activists, conservatives, liberals, vegetarians, business owners, CEOs and philanthropists, all maniacally collaborating … Continued

Attacking the Wicked Problem of Homelessness

Good day, fellow traveler: As we visit cities around this Country it’s clear that homelessness is a wicked problem. Tampa is not immune with a recent count led by the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative registering 1,817 homeless. Worse still, the Tampa Innovation Alliance area, home to some of the most powerful anchor institutions in the … Continued