Incubating a Startup Scene: Creating a vibrant atmosphere for tech and biotech firms to grow in Jacksonville

(courtesy of Jacksonville Business Journal) When Jim Stallings founded PS27 Ventures five years ago after retiring from IBM (NYSE: IBM), his goal was simply to invest in and support local companies. Today, his incubator supports eight to 10 companies and employs full-time staff to help those companies vet their ideas, mature their product offerings, find new customers … Continue reading Incubating a Startup Scene: Creating a vibrant atmosphere for tech and biotech firms to grow in Jacksonville

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Jax-based tech firm to go public after merger

(courtesy of Jacksonville Business Journal) A company in line to receive $500,000 in incentives for bringing 100 workers downtown will be going public as part of a reverse triangular merger with a Denver company that provides videoconferencing service and support. SharedLabs Inc. has signed a non-binding letter of intent to be acquired by Glowpoint, a … Continue reading Jax-based tech firm to go public after merger

How One Call is phasing in its own disruptor

(Courtesy of Jacksonville Business Journal) One Call, a health care network manager and workers' compensation solutions company, is disrupting its industry from the inside out. "We're disrupting ourselves," Senior Vice President of Product Joseph McCullough told the Business Journal. "Our company recognized that this [disruption] is going to happen, so it was about do we … Continue reading How One Call is phasing in its own disruptor

Chamber offers solutions for Jacksonville’s IT labor shortage

(courtesy of Jacksonville Business Journal) Florida needs to fill more than 22,500 IT positions this year. It would take Florida's colleges nine years to meet that demand, based on the current graduation rates of Florida's computer science degree programs. "The problem is the demand," Dale Johnston, senior vice president and chief information officer of Regency … Continue reading Chamber offers solutions for Jacksonville’s IT labor shortage

Jacksonville company launches cyber security solution for small businesses

(courtesy of Jacksonville Business Journal) Small-to-medium businesses have been "left in the cold" by the cybersecurity industry, according to OnDefend co-founder Chris Freedman. By launching CyberSURE, OnDefend has set out to give these businesses an affordable and simple solution. Many assume hackers only target large companies, like Target and Home Depot, but small-to-medium businesses are … Continue reading Jacksonville company launches cyber security solution for small businesses