Risk-taking in the NFL

The WSJ recently analyzed NFL play calling this season and concluded that the coaching profession could use more risk-takers.  Despite “a legion of mathematicians, economists and win probability models urging them to take more chances“ most NFL coaches “reach for the conventional choice by habit.” From Why NFL Coaches Take No Chances: The Journal analysis examines how coaches played their hand this season across three broad categories of game management: fourth downs; … Continue reading

Southeastern and Texas cities are doing particularly well among the country’s 200 largest metro areas, according to the Milken Institute

Congratulations to Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville as a few of the Florida metro areas with the strongest gains in their rankings! Competing metros: Tampa Bay rebounds to best performance in decade in Milken Institute rankings Posted December 16th, 2016 by Tampa Bay times Here’s a feel-good column to unwrap this holiday season that will reveal the Tampa Bay metro area is rebounding as one of the better performing, larger metro areas … Continue reading

TissueTech’s Umbilical Cord Technology Shows Promise in Spina Bifida Patients

New Hope for Spina Bifida’s Youngest Patients Posted November 1st, 2016 by TMC Seven years ago, Lovepreet K. Mann was standing at a crosswalk in Salt Lake City with her husband and colleague, Dr. Ramesha Papanna. They had been testing an underwater glue for fetal surgery, and a thought suddenly occurred to her. There, on the street in Utah, the couple began a discussion that would ultimately lead to a patch made from … Continue reading

The endurance test that is entrepreneurialism

We were immensely impressed reading about ultra-marathon runner Karl Meltzer’s hiking of the entire Appalachian Trail recently. Meltzer averaged an insane 47 miles of hiking a day for 45 consecutive days to accomplish this record. While we are no endurance athletes ourselves, we thought that Meltzer’s feat held some relevance for the endurance test that is entrepreneurialism, so we dug a little deeper to find out how he went about … Continue reading

The NVCA’s letter to the President-elect

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump outlining how the entrepreneurial ecosystem is the key to creating new jobs and economic opportunity for Americans who feel left behind by the modern economy. The letter outlines an agenda crucial for supporting entrepreneurship and building a strong economy in all areas of the country, including: a tax policy that encourages new company formation; making capital markets … Continue reading

Thanksgiving: the forgotten entrepreneurial tale

Every child in America learns of the hardships endured by the Pilgrims as they established Plymouth Colony.  Some lucky ones even learn how the Pilgrims found salvation via private property, division of labor, and capitalism.  The luckiest ones of all learn about capital preservation when a venture capital investment fails. When a group of Puritans known as “Separatists” fled England they first settled in the Netherlands, where they took menial … Continue reading

Birmingham tech firm scores $5M investment

Posted November 14th, 2016 by Birmingham Business Journal A Birmingham company is poised to capitalize on nearly two decades of steady growth and innovation in financial technology, thanks to a $5 million venture capital investment from Florida-based Ballast Point Ventures. Prepaid Technologies in October announced the investment, just months after it teamed up with Visa to provide wearable tech payment rings at the summer Olympics. Though Prepaid believes wearable tech … Continue reading

Florida Cities Conquer World’s Best City List

Congratulations to Tampa, Orlando and Miami on making the list of the top 100 World’s Best City Brands!  It’s no surprise to us, but it’s nice to see others recognizing great Florida cities! Why Tampa was named a World’s Best City brand Posted November 8th, 2016 by Tampa Bay Business Journal Tampa has made it onto the list of 100 of the World’s Best City Brands, taking the No. 81 spot. … Continue reading

TicketBiscuit Looks Towards Its Next Phase of Growth

What’s next for TicketBiscuit after its $5M funding win? Posted October 20th, 2016 by Birmingham Business Journal Birmingham software company TicketBiscuit is looking to a new phase of growth, thanks to a $5 million investment from a Tampa-based venture capital and growth equity firm. Ballast Point Ventures recently confirmed its investment in the Birmingham ticketing software company, which TicketBiscuit CEO Jeff Gale called an “endorsement.” “Investors are smart, especially institutional … Continue reading

BPV Invests in Birmingham-based TicketBiscuit

Birmingham tech company lands $5M investment Posted October 17th, 2016 by Birmingham Business Journal One of Birmingham’s fastest growing companies has landed a $5 million investment from Ballast Point Ventures. TicketBiscuit, an online ticketing and event management software company, announced the investment Monday. The company plans to use the funds to “grow its sales force, bolster marketing efforts and develop additional technology products.” “This investment opens up serious growth opportunities for … Continue reading

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