Among the YouTube videos produced by the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee, there’s one promoting Tampa Bay as as the tech hub you didn’t expect: TAMPA BAY: An Unexpected Destination for the Tech Industry, which you can watch below:
It’s a great promo for the tech virtues of “The Other Bay Area, on the Other West Coast”, featuring these locals:
- Jacqueline Darna, CEO and Medical Inventor of Nomo Nausea
- Joy Randels, CEO and Founder of New Market Partners, person behind a lot of things in the Tampa Bay tech scene, and indirectly the reason I live here now
- Brian Murphy, CEO and Founder of ReliaQuest
- Sheryl Hunter, Founder and President, Hunter Business Law
- Ryan Nece, Managing Partner, Next Play Capital
The only thing I’ll nitpick about the video is that St. Pete and Clearwater are underrepresented, appearing only as beach scenes. Let’s let the world know that they’re part of Tampa Bay, and home to Tech Data, Jabil, KnowBe4, The Penny Hoader, and Malwarebytes’ east coast office to name a few players, as well as the birthplace of Wikipedia!
In fact, when it comes to “Tampa Bay”, I view it as the area served by Tampa International Airport (TPA). This means that I count Sarasota County — home to advertising and marketing tech companies and agencies including AdRizer, DealersUnited, FloorForce, Perform[cb], and Revcontent — as part of Tampa Bay.