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What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, February 28, 2022)

Here’s the list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the week of Monday, February 28 through Sunday, March 6, 2022. Welcome to the month of March 2022!

This list is a weekly service from Tampa Bay’s tech blog, Global Nerdy! For almost five years, I’ve been compiling a list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events happening in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. There’s a lot going on in our scene here in “The Other Bay Area, on the Other West Coast”!

As far as event types go, this list casts a rather wide net. It includes events that would be of interest to techies, nerds, and entrepreneurs. It includes (but isn’t limited to) events that fall under the category of:

  • Programming, DevOps, systems administration, and testing
  • Tech project management / agile processes
  • Video, board, and role-playing games
  • Book, philosophy, and discussion clubs
  • Tech, business, and entrepreneur networking events
  • Toastmasters (because nerds really need to up their presentation game)
  • Sci-fi, fantasy, and other genre fandoms
  • Anything I deem geeky

By “Tampa Bay and surrounding areas”, this list covers events that originate or are aimed at the area within 100 miles of the Port of Tampa. At the very least, that includes the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, but as far north as Ocala, as far south as Fort Myers, and includes Orlando and its surrounding cities.

The mandatory omicron variant announcement

Prior to the omicron variant, there was still a pretty good chance that you didn’t personally know someone who’d caught COVID. Today, thanks to its contagiousness, omicron has made it so much more likely that someone you personally know has caught it — and probably has it now.

Omicron’s out there, and it’s not as “mild” as some people have described it. Be smart and responsible — get your booster, mask up in crowds, favor outdoor and online events, and we can get back to what passes for normal sooner!

This week’s events

I try to keep this list up-to-date. I add new events as soon as I hear about them, so be sure to check this list’s page on Global Nerdy often!

Monday, February 28

GroupEvent NameTime
RGANetwork.netSouth Tampa Professionals Networking Lunch Wrights Deli
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Creating A Design System10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Data Analytics: Tools of the Trade5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Bootcamp Alumni Success Secrets8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Tampa Cybersecurity TrainingTampa Bay’s Job Seeker Coffee Talks9:00 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netSouth Tampa Business Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsSouth Tampa Professional Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupSouth Tampa Referrals11:30 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayLive Online Connection Meeting- Monday11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonVirtual Networking Lunch Monday11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsLutz, Wesley Chapel, New Port Richey Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netSt. Pete Networking Lunch! Fords Garage! Monday’s11:30 AM
Tampa Bay WaVETampa Bay Wave CORE Program “Ask Me Anything” Session12:00 PM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Find Your Purpose – The Heart and Soul of High Performing Companies1:30 PM
Tampa St Pete Stocks and Options Trading GroupVantage Point – Weekly Market Recap & Outlook of Future Market Conditions2:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesMagic Mondays5:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCritical Hit Games: Board Game Night5:30 PM
Toastmasters Division GRadiant Ridge Toastmasters6:00 PM
Tampa Bay TabletoppersMonday Feast & Game Night6:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarWeekly Game Night! (Lazy Moon Location)6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander Open Play6:00 PM
Sarasota “Doctor Who” Fan MeetupFebruary Viewing Party6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonMonthly N. Pinellas Humanist Social Dinner6:00 PM
My Tampa Real Estate Investment ClubCrushing It With AirBnB6:30 PM
New Wealth CoLabCRUSHING AirBnB with Jason Palliser6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Off the Wagon Kitchen & Brewery Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Toastmasters District 48North Port Toastmasters Meets Online!!6:30 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Fireside Lounge & Billiards 7 PM Start7:00 PM
Orlando StoicsONLINE: “Stoicism and Christianity” Part 1 (History)7:00 PM
Tampa Cryptocurrency GroupDiscussing the world of crypto7:00 PM
Davenport Book ClubFebruary Meeting7:00 PM
Tampa Flutter Meetup GroupIn-Person Meetup7:00 PM
Orlando Young SharksOrlando Young Sharks Young Professionals Networking Event7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Q&A (0NLINE)7:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyFREE Lightroom Study Group7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game Night at Armada Games7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWorld of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots7:30 PM
Beginning Web DevelopmentWeekly Learning Session9:00 AM
Bradenton Photo GroupA Complete Guide to Photogrpahy7:00 PM

​Tuesday, March 1

GroupEvent NameTime
Life Science Conferences, LLC3rd Annual Life Science Women’s ConferenceWed, Mar 2, 2022, 5:00 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Learn Data Analytics With Thinkful10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to HTML & CSS: Build Your Own Website5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Representative Jackie Toledo and Katpro Technologies“Wondering how to land a job in IT?” With Jackie Toledo & Katpro Tech 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Designing A UX Case Study8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs MeetupProfessional Business Networking Lunch Glory Day’s New Tampa11:30 AM
Life Science Women – Tampa Bay3rd Life Science Women’s Conference7:30 AM
Tampa Career ClubCareer Club Meet n Greet7:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpClearwater/Largo Professionals Networking Breakfast All Welcome7:30 AM
Business Game Changers GroupClearwater Breakfast Mastermind Village Inn7:30 AM
Tampa Bay Agilev-Lean Coffee7:30 AM
Front End CreativesLinkedIn for Techies: Do’s and Don’ts for Tech Professionals10:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersUpper Pinellas, Oldsmar,Safety Harbor, Westchase Business networking lunch11:00 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupIn Person Networking at the Great Catch ~~ Oldsmar All Welcome to connect!11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsOldsmar Professional Business Networking lunch11:00 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to find Product Market Fit Quickly11:00 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Seminole Referral Pros Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsNew Tampa Networking Lunch at Glory Day’s Grill New Tampa11:30 AM
Lakeland Leadership Inspiration and DevelopmentDon’t let “How” steal your “What” and “Why”11:30 AM
Ironhack Tampa – Tech Careers, Learning and Networking[1/3] An Intro to Popular Machine Learning Algorithms: Linear Regression12:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48MESSAGE CRAFTERS12:00 PM
Block Co-op – Crypto Blockchain Orlando & Beyond ClubBitcoin/Crypto. Buying, Selling and sharing ideas. Small group atmosphere.1:00 PM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual Event: Create a VR Game in Unity Level 12:00 PM
Work From Home – Online Business Opportunities and NetworkingDiscover How To Start An Online Business: Internet Business Opportunities3:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetSocial Video Marketing Tips(ONLINE CLASS)-FREE for Hillsborough County Residents4:15 PM
South Florida Photographic SocietyLight Study Pro, Intermediate Lighting for Pro Portrait/Commercial Photographer.4:30 PM
Casual Scrabble PlayLet’s Play Scrabble!5:30 PM
Writers on the AirWriters on the Air meets every Tuesday5:30 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCool Stuff Games: Board game night6:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWeekly Open Make Night6:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyMeet & Greet at O’Keefe’s Family Restaurant6:00 PM
Suncoast Developers GuildWordPress St Pete Meetup at SDG6:30 PM
West Pasco Toastmasters Club #2824Weekly Meeting6:30 PM
WordPress St. PetersburgAsk Us Anything: WordPress Support Crowdsourcing Meetup6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Moose Lodge 2117 Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Tampa Drones MeetupMeet and Tweak Drone Night @ AMRoC Fab Lab6:30 PM
Tampa Industry 4.0Basic IT Skills to Land an IT Job with Katpro Tech and State Rep Jackie Toledo6:30 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Best of British 7 PM Start7:00 PM
St. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games for Young AdultsSt. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games Meetup for Young Adults7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online SEASONAL] Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden – DM Canon (Tier 2)7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Dunedin Toastmasters Club #21667:00 PM
Tampa Entrepreneurs NetworkShift Your Mindset to Create the Life & Business You Want | Jacqueline Wales7:00 PM
MakerFX Makerspace3D Printing Basics7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Armada Games7:00 PM
TB Chess – Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg Chess Meetup GroupLet’s play chess at Muddy Water!7:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® TampaOnline Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom7:45 PM
A Social Gathering-Mahjong playersMahJongg – come join us for some fun! All are welcome!11:00 PM

Wednesday, March 2

GroupEvent NameTime
Entrepreneur Collaborative Center1 Million Cups Tampa 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What Tech Career Is Right For Me?10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Excel Basics5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What is UX/UI Design?8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorVirtual Business Networking – Entrepreneurs of Color7:00 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Profit Partners Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
Tampa Bay WaVEOpen/FREE Coworking for Latino Tech Entrepreneurs8:00 AM
North Tampa Networking GroupBusiness networking9:00 AM
1 Million Cups – Orlando1 Million Cups – Orlando Weekly Meetup9:00 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netIn Person Networking BRANDON! Carrabba’s Italian Grill11:15 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netCarrollwood Professional Networking Lunch Wednesday All Welcome JOIN us11:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupBrandon Business Professionals Carrabba’s Italian Grill11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersBrandon Networking Professionals Networking Lunch11:30 AM
OWASP TampaOWASP Tampa Chapter | Q1 2022 | Virtual Meeting11:45 AM
Big Data and Analytics TampaYour Site is Not Converting As Well As It Could – AI to Optimize Conversion12:00 PM
Success Strategies for Business OwnersHR Series – Part 1 of 5 – Hiring in A Tough Job Environment12:00 PM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Bootstrap a Rock-Solid Intellectual Property Portfolio12:00 PM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs MeetupWednesday Business Networking Lunch New Port Richey at Widow Fleatchers12:30 PM
Tampa Startup Founder 101Idea Fest: Share Your Startup Idea for Live Feedback from Experts (Online)1:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetDigital Video Editing Class (ONLINE CLASS) -FREE for Hillsborough residents only1:00 PM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual Event: Create a VR Game in Unity Level 22:00 PM
The Woman Entrepreneur NetworkHow to Bust Your Limiting Beliefs in ONE HOUR or Less3:30 PM
Brandon BoardgamersBoard Gaming – In Person5:00 PM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOFREE WEBINAR: How to Outsource Development of Your App5:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayPlaying Games in the Alley5:00 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildWednesday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Sarasota Business Exchange ClubWe ARE meeting again at Rusty Bucket Restaurant5:30 PM
Brooksville Writers’ MeetupBrooksville Writers Group Meetup5:30 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Gatlin Hall Brewing6:00 PM
Thoughtful WritingPhilosophy in Writing6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesBoard Game Night6:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online] Dreams of the Red Wizards07: DM Calvin (Tier 3)6:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesVS. System Wednesdays6:00 PM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs MeetupBusiness Networking Evening Dinner at Brick City Eatery6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpLutz /Land O Lakes /Odessa /Trinity Evening Networking Dinner All Welcome6:30 PM
WordPress TampaTo be announced: Scheduled Talk6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Amazon Sellers E-commerce MeetupHow to Launch Your Private Label Brand To the First Page6:30 PM
Crypto Investors Club OrgCrypto Investors Club (5 STAR RATED)6:30 PM
The Weirder Things Book ClubA Darker Shade of Magic – Finish6:30 PM
Florida Writer’s Association / OrlandoOrlando Florida Writer’s Association6:30 PM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsWednesday Evening Business Networking Dinner6:30 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildNew Beginnings & Old Rivalries7:00 PM
Communication Skills for Quiet PeopleHow to Communicate Effectively7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Carrollwood Toastmasters Meetings meet In-Person and Online7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Bitcoin[Virtual] Tampa Bay Bitcoin Meetup: News, Markets, & Community7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceGirls Who Code Python for Grades 6-127:00 PM
Castaways Euchre ClubCastaways Euchre Club7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutGames & Grog – Party Games Social Night7:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Barley & Hops 7 PM Start7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWoodshop Tool Sign Off-Jointer, Planer, & Bandsaw (Members Only)7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!MtG Modern Constructed at Armada Games7:00 PM
Orlando Crypto, Blockchain, NFTs Learning GroupOrlando Crypto Meetup7:00 PM
Community of InvestorsWednesday Real Estate Online Mastermind for Florida9:00 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsBrandon Business Professionals IN Person!!!!11:30 PM

Thursday, March 3

GroupEvent NameTime
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Bootcamp Alumni Success Secrets10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Wireframes and Prototypes5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Data Analytics: Tools of the Trade8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupTampa Young Professionals Virtual Networking Thursday All WElCOME7:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsBusiness Over Breakfast ~ Happy Hangar IN PERSON JOIN US!7:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netWesley Chapel/Lutz networking breakfast7:30 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs MeetupHappy Hangar Early Bird Professionals Networking7:30 AM
TampaBayNetworkersSun Coast Networking Meeting8:30 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Cut Product Development Costs by up to 50%!11:00 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupThe Founders Meeting where it all Began! JOIN us! Bring a guest and get a gift11:00 AM
Block Co-op – Crypto Blockchain Orlando & Beyond ClubCrypto Set-up Class -Limited to 5 Seats Only11:00 AM
Business Game Changers GroupClearwater Professional Networking Lunch11:00 AM
SWAT Networking – Successful Women Aligning TogetherSWAT Networking Parrish Luncheon11:30 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Power Lunch – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
St Pete NetworkingSt Pete Networking12:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48TAMPA NOONSHINERS Toastmasters Club – Join us on Thursdays at Noon12:00 PM
“Learn and Earn” Millionaire Mind Secrets & NetworkingOnline Zoom! Millionaire Mind Lunch; Book Club and Networking!12:00 PM
Tampa Cybersecurity TrainingHow to Bounce Back from a Layoff in Tampa Bay12:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Commander Open Play Night at Armada Games1:00 PM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual Event: Create a VR Game in Unity Level 32:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetYouTube Basics (ONLINE CLASS) – FREE for Hillsborough County Residents3:00 PM
Hourglass Brewing Axe ClubHourglass Longwood Axe Club4:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Early Show at Bunkers Bar Smartphone Trivia Game Show4:00 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsAfter hours Networking & Tasting, Food By 3’C’s Catering5:00 PM
BlockchainEd by Fu22yDiceBlockchainEd and NFTs Social hosted by Fu22yDice5:30 PM
St. Petersburg Gnostic AssociationCorresponding lecture of the program6:00 PM
Orlando Board Gaming Weekly MeetupCentral Florida Board Gaming at the Collective6:00 PM
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D Group1st ed AD&D Campaign.6:00 PM
Data Analytics – Tampa BayData Analytics Meetup6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpAfter Hours Networking Happy Hour! Food provided by 3C’s Catering6:00 PM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netBusiness Networking Mixer 1st Thursday ~ JOIN us!6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersAfter hours mixer 1st Thursday at 3C’s Catering All Welcome6:00 PM
Land O Lakes Cigars and Networking GroupCigars, Networking, Referrals –6:00 PM
The Pinellas County Young “Professionals”Palliative Exploration Series: Dracula’s Wine Bar & Bistro6:30 PM
Cocktails and Convo: Book club for RomCom LoversBook review: How to marry Keanu Reeves in 90 days7:00 PM
RE Investors of Central FloridaWe create RE Investors/Entrepreneurs7:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersTHURSDAY Game Night @ de Bine Brewing Co.7:00 PM
Live streaming production and talentLive streaming production and talent7:00 PM
3D Printing OrlandoCura Slicer Settings – Fundamentals7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceShopbot Safety and Usage (Members Only)7:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Graffiti Junktion 7 PM Start7:00 PM
Ironhack Tampa – Tech Careers, Learning and Networking[ON-DEMAND SESSION] Create Responsive Designs that Work Across Devices 💡7:00 PM
Books & Brews!March – Anxious People7:00 PM
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorVirtual Business Networking – Entrepreneurs of Color7:00 PM
Orlando Developers MeetupODevs In-Person in March!7:00 PM
Drupal User Group of Tampa Bay (Meeting in person again)Drupal Live Forum / Q&A7:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesOrlando Game Night7:15 PM

Friday, March 4

GroupEvent NameTime
Computer Advantage, Apple Premier PartnerAdvantage Talks: Browsers and the Internet…help!10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Creating A Design System10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to JavaScript: Build a Virtual Pet5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Kat Usop, MSHI2-Day Deep Dive | Create Interactive SoftwareSat, Mar 5, 2022, 11:00 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Learn Data Analytics With Thinkful8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Winter Park Toastmasters – Learn while having FUN!Improve your communication, listening, and leadership skills7:15 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI St. Pete Business Builders Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
Laid Back Leads GroupLaid Back Leads Group8:00 AM
Brandon Biz ProsBuild your Business with Brandon Biz Pros8:30 AM
Dr. Phillips Chamber of CommerceFriday Weekly Leads Group of Dr. Phillips FACE-To-FACE Networking8:30 AM
Toastmasters District 48Real Talkers #73069:15 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayImprove Speaking Skills & Build Confidence9:25 AM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual Event: Unity – Mobile App Development Basics10:00 AM
Orlando SEO & SEM MeetupDiscuss Search Engine and Conversion Rate Optimization Techniques!10:30 AM
Florida SEO / SEM Meetup GroupOrlando SEO Meetup10:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupFriday Business Introductions JOIN us at Cafe Delanie All Welcome11:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsInternational Professionals Networking Meeting11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersFriday Business Introductions!11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netFriday International Business Introductions at McAllisters Westshore11:30 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Raise Pre-Seed and Seed Startup Funds12:00 PM
US Azure Virtual Desktop User GroupUS Azure Virtual Desktop User Group: March Meetup12:00 PM
Clermont Nerd GamesBoard Game Night!5:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48MESSAGE CRAFTERS5:30 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildFriday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game night at The Strange Realms in Carrollwood Friday, 6 PM6:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Positively Speaking Toastmasters6:15 PM
Magic the Gathering: Maitland MagicFriday Night Magic: Maitland6:30 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesFriday Night Magic6:30 PM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Tabletop: Friday Board Game Night7:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Game Day Draft7:00 PM
Gen GeekThe Batman7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online HISTORIC] Canon’s Custom Campaign Moonsea Tour – DM Canon (Tier 3)7:00 PM
Low Light Photography GroupBok Tower at Night7:00 PM
Tampa Japanese MeetupFL JETAA Tsudoi7:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Barley & Hops 7 PM Start7:00 PM

Saturday, March 5

GroupEvent NameTime
Kat Usop, MSHI2-Day Deep Dive | Create Interactive SoftwareSat, Mar 5, 2022, 11:00 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Data Science vs. Data Analytics10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Tableau Basics5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Free Crash Course: JavaScript Fundamentals8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Central Florida Philosophy MeetupWake Up and Think Clearly Saturday morning share and discuss.7:00 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyBecome an FCCP Supporter Plus & Access 100+ Hours of Educational Videos7:00 AM
Toastmasters Division GEarly Bird Ocala8:00 AM
Women’s Divine Dialogue WritingSynergize You in ’22: A New Year & New Moon Visioning Retreat8:00 AM
Tampa HackerspaceMake THS Better Workday9:00 AM
Chess RepublicCoffee & Chess: Tampa Midtown9:30 AM
Toastmasters Division EHunters Creek Toastmasters9:30 AM
Pinellas WritersWeekly Group Meetings – All Writers Welcome!9:30 AM
MahjCon Mah Jongg Tourney, The Villages FLLearn to Play American Mah Jongg10:00 AM
Orlando Lady Developers MeetupCode with me – learning sessions weekly on Saturdays10:00 AM
Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Sisters in CrimeTen Writing Traps and How to Keep Out of Them10:30 AM
Gen GeekMake your own butter11:00 AM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Golf Group – Five Torches Deep12:00 PM
Lithia Chess Meetup Group(Chess in the Park) Chess at Park Square Plaza12:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMalifaux Game Day12:00 PM
Suncoast MakersFREE Fab Lab Orientation1:00 PM
Central Florida Florida Foam Fighting (Fumetsu)Fighter Practice! (Newbies welcome)2:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Mad Hippo Saloon 2 PM Start2:00 PM
Bookclubbed Busy & BlessedUnoffendable Book Discussion3:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Saturday MTG Draft at Hammerfall Games and Collectibles3:00 PM
Orlando StoicsIN PERSON: The Lived Philosophy of Lao Tzu (Part 3)5:00 PM
Lithia Dungeons & Dragons And Gaming GuildRIFTs (Palladium Games)6:00 PM
Girl Develop It OrlandoBuild 4 UI Projects in 4 Weeks! A Frontend Projects Cohort6:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsCommunity Hang-out Night7:00 PM
All For NerdsOngaku overdrive (Orlando)7:00 PM
Geekocracy!The Batman at Regal Pinellas Park7:30 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildTHE ONE-SHOT GUILD8:00 PM

Sunday, March 6

GroupEvent NameTime
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] Increase Your Website Sales & Leads in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Google AdWords Tutorial & Walk Through in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] How Google Works Ranking Websites in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How To Optimize & Rank YouTube Videos in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] On Page vs Off Page SEO Strategies in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Google Analytics Beginners Tips & Tricks in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] SEO Link Building Strategies 101 in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] On Page SEO Strategies for Google in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Get More Targeted Instagram Followers in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] SEO Keyword Research Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Facebook Marketing Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How to Write SEO Friendly Google Content in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Rank #1 on Google Maps & Yelp: Local SEO in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] Google Search Console Tutorial in Tampa 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Enhancing Your Career With Mindfulness10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Designing A UX Case Study5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
@TriniChristaHustler’s Brunch7:00 PM to 10:00 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Excel Basics8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Toastmasters District 48Clearwater Sunday Speakers Toastmasters Club9:30 AM
Shut Up & Write!® St. PetersburgShut Up & Write! – March 6th at Station House in St Pete10:00 AM
Gen GeekOne Blood11:00 AM
Ladies Connect!💡(Zoom chat) Mental Freedom: 🛠️Self Assurance⚙️ Stack the Deck1:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesD&D Adventurers League2:00 PM
TB Chess – Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg Chess Meetup GroupLet’s play chess! At Driftwood Kava Coffee2:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Dungeons and Dragons at Table Talk Board Game Bistro2:00 PM
Four Corners Writing and Social Development WorkshopsWriting workshops and development grouo2:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DWeekend Toastmasters3:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Paddy Wagen Davenport 4:30 PM Start4:30 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Cryptos, Forex & Futures – (ONLINE)5:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceSew Awesome! (Textile Arts & Crafts)5:30 PM
Self Discovery GroupTime for Reflection6:00 PM
Volusia Young Professionals Group (covers East and West)February West Volusia Networking Social6:00 PM
Lithia Dungeons & Dragons And Gaming Guild5E (ish) AD&D – Humble Beginnings Campaign (Trouble in Elm).6:00 PM
Nerd Night OutA Duck Presents NB Movie Night7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsNerdBrew Karaoke @ MacDinton’s!8:00 PM
Cantera Image Photography Meetup Group2 models at playalinda beach7:00 PM

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A $300 milk crate for road warriors?

Every now and again, Facebook shows me an ad that I feel compelled to click, simply because I can’t believe what I’m seeing and need to know more. The latest of these ads is for the product pictured above: the AutoExec AECRATE-15, which retails at Home Depot for…

$300.

More precisely, it retails for $296.93, which rounds up to $300, but to my mind, that seems pretty exorbitant for a milk crate with a power inverter and stands for a tablet and smartphone. The manufacturer doesn’t even attempt to hide this fact: it’s listed as “Milk Crate Vehicle and Mobile Office Work Station with Phone Mount, Tablet Mount and Power Inverter”.

I’ve designed and developed mobile apps who primary users are people that work in their cars and trucks, so I understand the usefulness of the AECRATE-15, with its ability to support and charge your electronic office equipment and store your paperwork.

Surely this is something that you could put together for considerably less than three “Benjamins”.

ComponentPrice
Bestek 300W Power Inverter
(Plugs into your car’s “cigarette lighter” outlet and provides two household-style electrical outlets and 2 USB electrical outlets)
$36 at Amazon.com
Phone mount for cars$10 – $30 at Amazon.com
iPad mount for cars$20 – $40 at Amazon.com
Juggernaut storage milk crate
(Assuming you don’t simply grab one from behind a convenience store, just like every university student building makeshift furnishings or any self-respecting DJ)
$26 for 2 at Amazon.com
Total$102 – $132

Still, if you have the money and feel that you need the factory-made version, you can pick it up at Home Depot. Enjoy!

Categories
Meetups Tampa Bay

Thursday: “Defending the Home Front – Practical Wi-Fi Defense” online!

This Thursday, February 24th at 7:00 PM EST, catch The Neon Temple’s (Tampa Bay’s semi-secret security society) presentation, Defending the Home Front: Practical Wi-Fi Defense, which you’ll be able to catch either in person or online.

Here’s their writeup for the presentation:

An evening covering the overview of wireless defense. We will discuss the challenges you may face protecting your wireless networks. We will also talk about some of tools available for defending your networks. The evening will wrap up with strategies you can implement based on information gained in practical testing . As always we will run through “live” demonstrations as the demo Gods allow.

Find out more on the event’s page, or catch it online on the event’s YouTube page!

Categories
Current Events Tampa Bay

What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, February 21, 2022)

Here’s the list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the week of Monday, February 21 through Sunday, February 27, 2022

This list is a weekly service from Tampa Bay’s tech blog, Global Nerdy! For almost five years, I’ve been compiling a list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events happening in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. There’s a lot going on in our scene here in “The Other Bay Area, on the Other West Coast”!

As far as event types go, this list casts a rather wide net. It includes events that would be of interest to techies, nerds, and entrepreneurs. It includes (but isn’t limited to) events that fall under the category of:

  • Programming, DevOps, systems administration, and testing
  • Tech project management / agile processes
  • Video, board, and role-playing games
  • Book, philosophy, and discussion clubs
  • Tech, business, and entrepreneur networking events
  • Toastmasters (because nerds really need to up their presentation game)
  • Sci-fi, fantasy, and other genre fandoms
  • Anything I deem geeky

By “Tampa Bay and surrounding areas”, this list covers events that originate or are aimed at the area within 100 miles of the Port of Tampa. At the very least, that includes the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, but as far north as Ocala, as far south as Fort Myers, and includes Orlando and its surrounding cities.

The mandatory omicron variant announcement

Prior to the omicron variant, there was still a pretty good chance that you didn’t personally know someone who’d caught COVID. Today, thanks to its contagiousness, omicron has made it so much more likely that someone you personally know has caught it — and probably has it now.

Omicron’s out there, and it’s not as “mild” as some people have described it. Be smart and responsible — get your booster, mask up in crowds, favor outdoor and online events, and we can get back to what passes for normal sooner!

This week’s events

I try to keep this list up-to-date. I add new events as soon as I hear about them, so be sure to check this list’s page on Global Nerdy often!

Monday, February 21

GroupEvent NameTime
RGANetwork.netSouth Tampa Professionals Networking Lunch Wrights Deli
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Enhancing Your Career With Mindfulness10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Designing A UX Case Study5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Excel Basics8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Coaching for Everyone: Sarasota-ManateeGSCA February 21st “Virtual” Meeting11:30 AM
Tampa HackerspaceMachine Shop Milling 101 (Members Only)9:00 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayLive Online Connection Meeting- Monday11:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupSouth Tampa Referrals11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netSouth Tampa Business Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsSouth Tampa Professional Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonVirtual Networking Lunch Monday11:30 AM
Tampa St Pete Stocks and Options Trading GroupVantage Point – Weekly Market Recap & Outlook of Future Market Conditions2:00 PM
SCIPS, a 50+ Tampa Bay Singles ClubEUCHRE, Rummy Q and other Board Games for ENTHUSIASTIC GAME PLAYERS4:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesMagic Mondays5:00 PM
Tampa# – C# and .NETGroup Code Challenge [Virtual]5:30 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander Open Play6:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[FR] Waterdeep: Dragon Heist – DM Carson (Tier 1)6:00 PM
Beginning Web DevelopmentWeekly Learning Session6:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DACE Advanced Toastmasters 32744806:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Cape Coral Toastmasters Club #90516:00 PM
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonN Pinellas – Monthly TBCoR Humanist Social Dinner6:00 PM
Tampa Bay TabletoppersMonday Feast & Game Night6:00 PM
Tampa Bay DevOps MeetupTBDevOps monthly meeting6:30 PM
Toastmasters District 48North Port Toastmasters Meets Online!!6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Off the Wagon Kitchen & Brewery Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Library Book Clubs – OCLSVirtual Event: Hiawassee Book Club7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceIntro to the Babylock Embroidery Machine (Members Only)7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48ZOOM MEETING ONLY TONIGHT at South Tampa TM!7:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyFREE Lightroom Study Group7:00 PM
Toastmasters Division ELakeland (FL) Toastmasters Club #22627:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game Night at Armada Games7:00 PM
Tampa Flutter Meetup GroupIn-Person Meetup7:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Fireside Lounge & Billiards 7 PM Start7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48ZOOM MEETING ONLY TONIIGHT at South Tampa TM!7:00 PM
Tampa Area Crypto And NFT IRLTampa Area Crypto and NFTs – Share and Learn Group7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Q&A (0NLINE)7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWorld of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots7:30 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarWeekly Game Night! (Lazy Moon Location)6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 22

GroupEvent NameTime
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to Data Analytics: SQL Fundamentals10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What Tech Career Is Right For Me?5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to HTML & CSS: Build Your Own Website8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
BNI LegendsBNI Legends – Business Networking7:30 AM
Toastmasters Division ILake Mary Toastmasters7:30 AM
Business Game Changers GroupClearwater Breakfast Mastermind Village Inn7:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpClearwater/Largo Professionals Networking Breakfast All Welcome7:30 AM
Abundance Networking – Events & BNI MeetingsBNI Abundance – Networking, Introductions, and Business Referrals8:00 AM
ManageEngine’s Cybersecurity MeetupsEnhancing threat detection with user behavior analytics (UBA)8:00 AM
Bootstrappers Breakfast® – Tampa Bay AreaEast Coast Bootstrappers Breakfast®8:30 AM
Entrepreneurs with ADHDCoffee and Introductions9:00 AM
Front End CreativesSalary Negotiations10:00 AM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual Event: Basics of Programming in Unity10:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsOldsmar Professional Business Networking lunch11:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersUpper Pinellas, Oldsmar,Safety Harbor, Westchase Business networking lunch11:00 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupIn Person Networking at the Great Catch ~~ Oldsmar All Welcome to connect!11:00 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netNew Tampa RGA Chapter ~ Glory Days Meet your next referral partner!11:30 AM
The Lab Orlando#CommunityConversations @ The Lab Orlando11:30 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Seminole Referral Pros Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsNew Tampa Networking Lunch at Glory Day’s Grill New Tampa11:30 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs MeetupProfessional Business Networking Lunch Glory Day’s New Tampa11:30 AM
Suncoast Business NetworkBusiness Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOFunding 101 for Tech Entrepreneurs12:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48MESSAGE CRAFTERS12:00 PM
Orlando Power BI User GroupLunch and Learn: Performance Tuning Power Query And Dataflows In Power BI12:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Westshore Toastmasters12:00 PM
Block Co-op – Crypto Blockchain Orlando & Beyond ClubBitcoin/Crypto. Buying, Selling and sharing ideas. Small group atmosphere.1:00 PM
Confidence And Public Speaking[Online] Public Speaking and Your Success As a Communicator7:30 PM
Work From Home – Online Business Opportunities and NetworkingStill Waiting To Discover Your Path In Life? Find Out The Exact Steps How To3:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetSocial Video Marketing Tips(ONLINE CLASS)-FREE for Hillsborough County Residents4:15 PM
South Florida Photographic SocietyLight Study Pro, Intermediate Lighting for Pro Portrait/Commercial Photographer.4:30 PM
To Play (DM) or not to Play (DM)D&D First Meeting5:00 PM
Sassy Sisters Inc Spirited Networking for Professional WomenSassy Sisters Sarasota Happy Hour Social5:30 PM
Writers on the AirWriters on the Air meets every Tuesday5:30 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWeekly Open Make Night6:00 PM
Toastmasters Division EBartow Toastmasters HYBRID Meeting6:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyMeet & Greet at O’Keefe’s Family Restaurant6:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCool Stuff Games: Board game night6:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Moose Lodge 2117 Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
West Pasco Toastmasters Club #2824Weekly Meeting6:30 PM
The Sarasota Creative Writers Meetup GroupThe Sarasota Creative Writers6:30 PM
Tampa Drones MeetupMeet and Tweak Drone Night @ AMRoC Fab Lab6:30 PM
St. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games for Young AdultsSt. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games Meetup for Young Adults7:00 PM
Literate Ladies of Orlando…Well Bred…Well ReadThe Book of Lost Names for February7:00 PM
Simplicity BrandonFlesh & Blood Armory Night7:00 PM
Communication Skills for Quiet PeopleHow to Get Rid of Negative Thinking and Negative Emotions7:00 PM
Central Florida Computer SocietyCentral Florida Computer Society TechSIG (Please join us!!)7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade For Beginners – (ONLINE)7:00 PM
The Orlando Python User GroupPythonic Monthly Meeting7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online SEASONAL] Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden – DM Canon (Tier 2)7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Armada Games7:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DWinter Springs Toastmasters Club7:00 PM
Toastmasters Division GSpanglish Toastmasters Club 77037317:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Best of British 7 PM Start7:00 PM
Crypto/Trading/Online Business/Entrepreneurship nightsCrypto/Trading/Online Business/Entrepreneurship Nights7:00 PM
Essential Communication Skills for Career AdvancementHow to Be a More Confident Communicator7:30 PM
Communicate with Self-Confidence Meetup, Tampa, FL[Online] How to Increase Your Self-Confidence in Public Speaking7:30 PM
TB Chess – Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg Chess Meetup GroupLet’s play chess at Muddy Water!7:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® TampaOnline Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom7:45 PM
Tampa Entrepreneurs NetworkHow to Master Sales WITHOUT Being “Salesy” | Nancy Matthews8:00 PM
Tampa Bay Data Science GroupTBDSG: The Rise of Immediate Intelligence, Intro to Apache Druid6:00 PM

Wednesday, February 23

GroupEvent NameTime
Entrepreneur Collaborative Center1 Million Cups Tampa 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What is UX/UI Design?10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Bootcamp Alumni Success Secrets5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Network After WorkNetwork After Work Tampa at WXYZ Bar at Aloft Tampa Downtown6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Wireframes and Prototypes8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Girl Develop It OrlandoJavaScript Fundamentals I12:00 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs MeetupWednesday Business Networking Lunch New Port Richey at Widow Fleatchers11:30 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Profit Partners Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
Suncoast Photo & Video Drone ClubTarpon Spring’s Craig Park9:00 AM
North Tampa Networking GroupBusiness networking9:00 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupBrandon Business Professionals Carrabba’s Italian Grill11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersBrandon Networking Professionals Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netCarrollwood Professional Networking Lunch Wednesday All Welcome JOIN us11:30 AM
Success Strategies for Business OwnersFin Series – Part 5 of 5 – Financial Forecasting in A Post-Pandemic Economy12:00 PM
Sarasota Web Development Meetup GroupLunch Hour Meetup12:00 PM
Ironhack Tampa – Tech Careers, Learning and Networking[1/3] Tools every wanna-be designer needs to know about 🔍: Figma!12:00 PM
Orlando Unity Developers Group😎 Unity Orlando | Central Florida Monthly “CatchUp” Meeting 👀💯12:30 PM
Heart of Agile St. Pete – Tampa – OrlandoHeart of Agile MONTHLY Coffee Corner12:30 PM
Tampa Bay AgileHeart of Agile Monthly Coffee Corner12:30 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetDigital Video Editing Class (ONLINE CLASS) -FREE for Hillsborough residents only1:00 PM
Microsoft Tech Talks – FloridaMicrosoft Defender for Containers1:00 PM
Tampa Bay WaVEOver the Waves Workshop2:00 PM
ManageEngine’s Cybersecurity MeetupsCloud security – Azure fundamentals2:00 PM
The Woman Entrepreneur NetworkCan you Guarantee Results for your Clients? – What would change if you could?3:30 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayPlaying Games in the Alley5:00 PM
Brandon BoardgamersBoard Gaming – In Person5:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[HISTORIC] Storm King’s Thunder Tier 2 – DM Robert5:00 PM
Sarasota Business Exchange ClubWe ARE meeting again at Rusty Bucket Restaurant5:30 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildWednesday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Tampa Bay Data Engineering GroupTBDEG – Kickoff Event!5:30 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesVS. System Wednesdays6:00 PM
Around The World: International Book Club – MetrowestPOLAND: The Things We Cannot Say – Kelly Rimmer6:00 PM
Lean Beer for Software CraftspeopleLean Beer for Software Craftspeople (Cigar City Brewing, Tampa)6:00 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Gatlin Hall Brewing6:00 PM
Thoughtful WritingPhilosophy in Writing6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpLutz /Land O Lakes /Odessa /Trinity Evening Networking Dinner All Welcome6:30 PM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsWednesday Evening Business Networking Dinner6:30 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupUnderstanding Landscape Photography6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Inventors Council – www.TampaBayInventors.orgTampa Bay Inventors Council – www.tbic.us bi-monthly Meetup6:30 PM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs MeetupBusiness Networking Evening Dinner at Brick City Eatery6:30 PM
Tampa Writers AllianceTampa Writers Alliance Critique Group6:30 PM
Central Florida CitySecCitrusSec Meetup7:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Barley & Hops 7 PM Start7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsGames & Grog – Party Games Social Night7:00 PM
Castaways Euchre ClubCastaways Euchre Club7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildNew Beginnings & Old Rivalries7:00 PM
Communication Skills for Quiet PeopleHow to Open Yourself Up and Connect with People7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceGirls Who Code Python for Grades 6-127:00 PM
Writers of Central Florida or ThereaboutsOrlando Word Lab7:00 PM
Geekocracy!Book Club – An Absolutely Remarkable Thing7:00 PM
MakerFX MakerspaceMakerFX Monthly Membership Meeting – VIRTUAL7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Carrollwood Toastmasters Meetings meet In-Person and Online7:00 PM
Orlando Lady Developers MeetupCode challenge bi-weekly coding session8:00 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsCarollwood Professionals Networking Lunch!11:30 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsBrandon Business Professionals IN Person!!!!11:30 PM
1 Million Cups – Orlando1 Million Cups – Orlando Weekly Meetup11:30 AM
North Port Business Referral Networking Meetup GroupNetworking Meeting- Weekly5:30 PM
Tampa Bay Bitcoin[In-Person] Tampa Bay Bitcoin Meetup: News, Markets, & Community6:30 PM

Thursday, February 24

GroupEvent NameTime
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Data Analytics: Tools of the Trade10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Creating A Design System5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to JavaScript: Build a Virtual Pet8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D Group1st ed AD&D Campaign.6:00 PM
Business and social networkingBusiness and social networking happy hour! Evie’s Tavern & Grill on Main Street11:30 AM
ManageEngine’s Cybersecurity MeetupsThe need for proactive and reactive approaches to cybersecurity2:00 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs MeetupHappy Hangar Early Bird Professionals Networking7:30 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Bayview Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netWesley Chapel/Lutz networking breakfast7:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupTampa Young Professionals Virtual Networking Thursday All WElCOME7:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsBusiness Over Breakfast ~ Happy Hangar IN PERSON JOIN US!7:30 AM
ONETUG – Orlando .NET User GroupFeb 24th 2022: Poornima Nayar – REST, GraphQL and gRPC – A Comparison8:00 AM
Suncoast Credit Union Micro Enterprise Development MeetupBusiness Morning Boost: Microsoft Excel Series8:30 AM
Block Co-op – Crypto Blockchain Orlando & Beyond ClubCrypto Set-up Class -Limited to 5 Seats Only11:00 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Cut Product Development Costs by up to 50%!11:00 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupThe Founders Meeting where it all Began! JOIN us! Bring a guest and get a gift11:00 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Power Lunch – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
Front End CreativesHow to Stand Out in Your Job Search12:00 PM
“Learn and Earn” Millionaire Mind Secrets & NetworkingOnline Zoom! Millionaire Mind Lunch; Book Club and Networking!12:00 PM
Big Data and Analytics TampaIntelligent Data Summit1:00 PM
Orlando Cybersecurity MeetupProtect yourself from these 5 common cyberattacks With ADSelfService Plus2:00 PM
Data, Cloud and AI in TampaIBM Data Science Community: Text Extensions for Pandas2:00 PM
StartUp XchangeStartup Strategy Office Hours2:30 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetYouTube Basics (ONLINE CLASS) – FREE for Hillsborough County Residents3:00 PM
Hourglass Brewing Axe ClubHourglass Longwood Axe Club4:00 PM
Ironhack Tampa – Tech Careers, Learning and NetworkingLearn the Basics of Python Programming from an Industry Expert📊4:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Bunkers Bar of Sun City Center Smartphone Trivia Game Show5:00 PM
Tech On Tap TampaTECH ON TAP hosted by Robert Half Technology5:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online] DDAL06-02: The Redemption of Kelvan6:00 PM
Tampa Business Club/Networking After HoursSunset Networking After-hours @The Current Rocky Point. Buy tickets, link below6:00 PM
Black Orlando Tech (BOT)Breaking Down the Last Barrier to Black Wealth6:00 PM
Orlando Board Gaming Weekly MeetupCentral Florida Board Gaming at the Collective6:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesThursday Night Yu-gi-oh!6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Crypto MeetupDiscuss most interesting DeFi investment strategies for 20226:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesD&D Adventurers League6:00 PM
SRQ Cloud Computing MeetupCloud Computing Hot Topics 2022 Kick Off Meeting6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!40K Thursday at Hammerfall Games and Collectibles6:00 PM
Library Book Clubs – OCLSVirtual Event: Winter Garden Book Club6:00 PM
Tampa Writers AllianceTampa Writers Alliance Poetry Group6:30 PM
Tampa Bay PythonUnit testing in Python 3: Beyond the Basics6:30 PM
Toastmasters District 48St Pete Beach Toastmasters In Person + Zoom Group: Improve Your Public Speaking!6:30 PM
DOUX — Downtown Orlando UX MeetupPM Brew UX Meetup6:30 PM
The Neon TempleDefending the Home Front: Practical Wi-Fi Defense7:00 PM
Tampa Hackerspace3D Printing Guild7:00 PM
WordPress Clearwater FLWordPress Monthly Meetup7:00 PM
Orlando Lady Developers Meetup2022 restart! [biweekly] Server-side Development Study Group7:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersTHURSDAY Game Night @ de Bine Brewing Co.7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWoodshop Tool Sign Off-Jointer, Planer, & Bandsaw (Members Only)7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Technology CenterWordPress7:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Graffiti Junktion 7 PM Start7:00 PM
Modern MinimalismCal Newport’s book “Digital Minimalism” (Chap. 7 – Finale!)7:00 PM
Live streaming production and talentLive streaming production and talent7:00 PM
Jamaa’aatul AsrReading “Revolution by the Book, the Rap is Live”7:30 PM
A Path to Sustainability CommunityCan I Recycle This? Book Review7:30 PM
Real Life Trading – Tampa FLReal Life Trading Tampa8:00 PM
Work From Home – Online Business Opportunities and NetworkingHow To Start A Successful Print on Demand Store On ETSY – Almost Zero Outlay8:00 PM

Friday, February 25

GroupEvent NameTime
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Learn Data Analytics With Thinkful10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Computer Advantage, Apple Premier PartnerAdvantage Talks: Apple Devices Overview10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST
Networking Leads2.25.22 NETWORKING EVENT12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Data Science vs. Data Analytics5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Tableau Basics8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Clermont Nerd GamesBoard Game Night!5:00 PM
Winter Park Toastmasters – Learn while having FUN!Improve your communication, listening, and leadership skills7:15 AM
Tampa Bay AgileLean Coffee for All Things Agile (Westshore)7:30 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI St. Pete Business Builders Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
Agile OrlandoAgile in the Morning7:30 AM
Brandon Biz ProsBuild your Business with Brandon Biz Pros8:30 AM
Project Codex: Orlando Junior DevelopersVirtual Coffee9:00 AM
Toastmasters District 48Real Talkers #73069:15 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayImprove Speaking Skills & Build Confidence9:25 AM
Tampa Bay Tech Career Advice ForumModern Job Titles in Marketing10:00 AM
Palm Harbor BrainUPPalm Harbor BrainUp Monthly Meetup10:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsInternational Professionals Networking Meeting11:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupFriday Business Introductions JOIN us at Cafe Delanie All Welcome11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpInternational Networking Westshore McAlisters Deli11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersFriday Business Introductions!11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netFriday International Business Introductions at McAllisters Westshore11:30 AM
Tampa Professional Networking MeetupLet’s Do Lunch and Network! – Tampa12:00 PM
Orlando Houdini User Group (OHUG)Orlando Houdini Users Group Meeting #13 – Chris Chapman12:00 PM
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorVirtual Business Networking – Entrepreneurs of Color12:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48MESSAGE CRAFTERS5:30 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildFriday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Meeple Movers Gaming GroupLet’s Play Games ONLINE on Fridays!5:30 PM
3D Printing Orlando3D Printing Hang Out6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game night at The Strange Realms in Carrollwood Friday, 6 PM6:00 PM
Remote Workers Coffee ClubHappy Hour at Motorworks Brewing6:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Positively Speaking Toastmasters6:15 PM
Magic the Gathering: Maitland MagicFriday Night Magic: Maitland6:30 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesFriday Night Magic6:30 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online HISTORIC] Canon’s Custom Campaign Moonsea Tour – DM Canon (Tier 3)7:00 PM
Block Co-op – Crypto Blockchain Orlando & Beyond ClubBlockchain/Crypto Happy Hour at M Bar Lounge7:00 PM
Orlando StoicsThe Practicing Stoic – Chapter 3 continued7:00 PM
MakerFX Makerspace3D Printing Guild Hangout7:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Barley & Hops 7 PM Start7:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty FNM Draft7:00 PM
Gen GeekPaint and sip with me (Darth Vader)7:30 PM
Read Between The Wines // Sarasota, FLFEBRUARY MEETUP // “Where The Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens6:00 PM

Saturday, February 26

GroupEvent NameTime
Doris Muller for NPI Westchase ChapterBusiness Networking Event for Local Professionals 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Free Crash Course: JavaScript Fundamentals10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Enhancing Your Career With Mindfulness5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Designing A UX Case Study8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Central Florida Philosophy MeetupWake Up and Think Clearly Saturday morning share and discuss.7:00 AM
Toastmasters Division GEarly Bird Ocala8:00 AM
The Tampa Bay Strobist and Photoshop CollectiveYES! The Vikings are COMING… To Medard Park for our Strobist Group.9:00 AM
Gen GeekKPB: Gandy Beach Cleanup9:00 AM
Tampa HackerspaceSteel TIG Welding Safety and Basic Usage (Members Only)9:00 AM
Pinellas WritersWeekly Group Meetings – All Writers Welcome!9:30 AM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Critical Heat BattleTech Alpha Strike Tournament At Critical Hit Games9:30 AM
Critical Hit GamesCritical Heat BattleTech Alpha Strike Tournament9:30 AM
Chess RepublicCoffee & Chess: Tampa Midtown9:30 AM
3D Printing Orlando3D Printing Boot Camp10:00 AM
Orlando Lady Developers MeetupCode with me – learning sessions weekly on Saturdays10:00 AM
Coffee Lovers UniteCoffee Class!10:00 AM
St. Petersburg Photography GroupDinoVenture – Dinosaurs at Bishop Museum of Science and Nature – $1010:00 AM
Tampa Gaming GuildSaturday Gaming10:00 AM
MahjCon Mah Jongg Tourney, The Villages FLLearn to Play American Mah Jongg10:00 AM
Tampa HackerspaceWood Shop Router Table 101 (Members Only)10:00 AM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Bravo Group Campaign Continues11:00 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyA Day at the Races . . . Horse Racing at Tampa Bay Downs11:00 AM
New Wealth CoLabNew Wealth CoLab GRAND OPENING LAUNCH PARTY11:00 AM
Purpose Driven Divergent ThinkersPurpose Driven Business Meetup12:00 PM
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonFebruary – N. Pinellas Book Club12:00 PM
Lithia Chess Meetup Group(Chess in the Park) Chess at Park Square Plaza12:00 PM
Women’s Prosperity Network | Fort Lauderdale ChapterOnline | VIRTUAL Mastermind Experience: Connecting, Creating & Collaborating12:00 PM
Aspiring Black CodersABC virtual meet up – Salary Negotiations!12:00 PM
Suncoast MakersFREE Fab Lab Orientation1:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Advanced Articulators Toastmasters1:00 PM
Central Florida Florida Foam Fighting (Fumetsu)Fighter Practice! (Newbies welcome)2:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Mad Hippo Saloon 2 PM Start2:00 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupBeyond Camera Basics2:30 PM
Socrates Cafe – “The unexamined life is not worth living”ONLINE: “Critical Thinking: 500 Years of Human Imagination”3:00 PM
Lithia Dungeons & Dragons And Gaming GuildRIFTs (Palladium Games)6:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsCommunity Hang-out Night7:00 PM
Riverview Cryptocurrency Meetup GroupWings and Crypto7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildTHE ONE-SHOT GUILD8:00 PM

Sunday, February 27

GroupEvent NameTime
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] Increase Your Website Sales & Leads in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Google AdWords Tutorial & Walk Through in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] How Google Works Ranking Websites in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How To Optimize & Rank YouTube Videos in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Google Analytics Beginners Tips & Tricks in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] On Page vs Off Page SEO Strategies in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] SEO Link Building Strategies 101 in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] On Page SEO Strategies for Google in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Get More Targeted Instagram Followers in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Facebook Marketing Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] SEO Keyword Research Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How to Write SEO Friendly Google Content in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] Google Search Console Tutorial in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Rank #1 on Google Maps & Yelp: Local SEO in Tampa 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Excel Basics10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to Data Analytics: SQL Fundamentals5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What Tech Career Is Right For Me?8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Suncoast Photo & Video Drone ClubHoneymoon Island / Dunedin Causeway9:00 AM
Toastmasters District 48Clearwater Sunday Speakers Toastmasters Club9:30 AM
Jane of All Trades Orlando Women’s WorkshopsThe Basics of Tools, A Workshop for Women10:30 AM
Geekocracy!Beach day at Fort DeSoto11:00 AM
Board Games and Card Games in Sarasota & BradentonGames at Table Talk Board Game Bistro12:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Dungeons and Dragons at Table Talk Board Game Bistro2:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesD&D Adventurers League2:00 PM
Dialogue and Human Experience.Happiness & Contentment2:00 PM
Four Corners Writing and Social Development WorkshopsWriting workshops and development grouo2:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples West PascoWeekend Game Day2:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersPasco Sunday Game Day at Dented Keg2:00 PM
Meeple Movers Gaming GroupGame Night at The Juniper General Store3:00 PM
Orlando Business Leadership and Development Meetup GroupGet to Know You Session3:00 PM
Gen GeekStudio 6664:30 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Paddy Wagen Davenport 4:30 PM Start4:30 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Cryptos, Forex & Futures – (ONLINE)5:00 PM
Young Entrepreneurs of TampaYoung Entrepreneurs Event Dinner5:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s GuildFebruary New Player Nights – Various DMs (Tier 1)6:00 PM
Lithia Dungeons & Dragons And Gaming Guild5E (ish) AD&D – Humble Beginnings Campaign (Trouble in Elm).6:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyAlphabet Soup | Finding Letters in the World Around Us7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceLet’s Learn to Turn Pens!7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutA Duck Presents NB Movie Night7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsNerdBrew Karaoke @ MacDinton’s!9:00 PM

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Career

3 things to learn from NYT’s article on tech hiring

It’s the time of the year when the New York Times Magazine publishes its “Future of Work” issue, and this year’s edition features an article titled Tech Companies Face a Fresh Crisis: Hiring. It tells the story of the current tech job market from the recruiter’s point of view.

It also contains three things that you should learn if you’re on the job market…

#1: It’s a tech job-seeker’s market, and 20 times more so for cybersecurity.

The article reports the following unemployment numbers:

  • For the general economy — that is, all work in all industries — the unemployment rate, which has been trending downward over the past year, is about 4%.
Graph from Trading Economics.
  • If you limit the unemployment rate to tech workers — the article doesn’t specify what counts as “tech” — the unemployment rate is less than half of the general rate: 1.7%.
  • If your area of specialization is cybersecurity, the unemployment rate is about a tenth of that for tech: 0.2%.

#2: Be nice to tech recruiters; it’ll make you stand out.

In a world of remote work and (hopefully temporary) reduced in-person contact, having good relations with at least a handful of recruiters can extend your reach and bring new opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise have.

At the same time, I’ve seen that people tend to ignore recruiters as long as they have work, and come running to them once they need a job. As the article puts it:

Tech employees today tire of the attention from recruiters, the friendly hellos on LinkedIn, the cold calls (which Dyba does not make). “They think we’re like used-car salesmen,” Dyba said of her quarry. To be a recruiter in tech is to be an in-demand commodity for those companies doing the hiring but to feel like something of a nuisance — like an essential gear that emits a loud, irritating noise.

This tendency to treat recruiters transactionally won’t endear you to them, and doesn’t give them any incentive to stand up for you when you really need them.

Many recruiters who reach out to techies get answered with silence or one of those LinkedIn auto-replies:

Want to make an impression on a recruiter whose help you might need in the future? Reply to their message, even if it’s just to say “Hey, I’m happy where I am right now, but let’s stay in touch in case things change.”

Here’s something that’s worked for me: Go through your inbox and look for recruiters whose messages went unanswered and answer them. I’ve done this and emailed recruiters that I forgot to reply to. They often see no response at all, and they appreciate it when someone gets back to them.

#3: Wait until asking “how much?”

There’s a lot of advice to hold off on answering questions about your salary expectations. There needs to be more advice about waiting to ask about how much the job will pay, if these excerpts from the article is any indicator:

“If you wouldn’t mind kind of talking me through your background, I would love to hear a little bit more about you and what you’ve been doing,” she said. The young man on the other end of the phone was lovely and polite, with a Master of Science degree in business analytics. Dyba [the recruiter featured in the story] was immediately charmed, if only because — unlike so many tech recruits — he didn’t start the conversation by asking, within the first six minutes, what the compensation was.

Another recruiter said that when she sends out mass blasts, she often gets back emails that say only three words: “Rate? Remote? Client?”

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Current Events

Ericsson CEO admits they may have paid ISIS for transport route access

Bloomberg’s story on Ericsson. Click the photo to read the article.

If you’ve recently been caught or called out for doing something you shouldn’t have been doing, you might be able to console yourself with the fact that whatever you did probably isn’t as bad as what the Swedish telecom and networking company Ericsson did: they may have paid ISIS — yes, that ISIS — for access to transport routes in Iraq.

In an interview with the Swedish financial newspaper Dagens Industri (“Today’s Industry”), Ericsson’s CEO said that the company noticed what he called “unusual expenses” in Iraq that go back to 2018, and that they haven’t yet determined the final recipient of the money.

The “money quote” (pardon the pun) is:

“What we are seeing is that transport routes have been purchased through areas that have been controlled by terrorist organizations, including ISIS.”

Borje Ekholm, CEO, Ericsson from Bloomberg’s article, Ericsson Shares Crash After CEO Says Firm May Have Paid ISIS

After investigating, they decided that it wasn’t a big enough deal to make public:

“The materiality of our findings did not pass our threshold to make a disclosure. That was our judgment when we completed the investigation two years ago.”

Borje Ekholm, CEO, Ericsson from Reuters’ article, Ericsson says its 2019 probe found serious compliance breaches in Iraq

This is the latest in a series of humiliating episodes for the company, who are still coming out from under a major corruption probe (they had to plead guilty to a campaign of corruption and bribery across China, Djibouti, Indonesia, Kuwait, and Vietnam from 2000 to 2016), and from paying a settlement for over $1.2 billion to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Last October, the DOJ accused them of breaching the settlement agreement by failing to provide certain documents.

As you may have guessed, Ericsson’s share prices have dropped in the wake of this news. The reported drops range from 11 to 15%, depending on the news source.

Many of the headlines refer to the fact that Ericsson may have given money to ISIS for favors, which reminds me of this scene from Arrested Development:

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Business Florida Tampa Bay

Tampa’s Peerfit acquired by FitOn

It’s another Tampa Bay success story: Tampa-based Peerfit, who refer to themselves as a corporate wellness platform, have been acquired by FitOn, the mobile health and fitness app known for its exercise classes led by celebrities.

Peerfit have been growing in leaps and bounds, amassing customers and funding, including a $10 million round in January 2020 that was led by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and NoCal-based Virgo Investment Group. Peerfit connects employers to fitness and wellness services, acting as a provider for companies that provide wellness benefits — they’re currently used by 13,000 employers. CEO Ed Buckley will remain in charge of Peerfit, and their team (about 50 people, according to Tampa Bay Business Journal) all plan to stay on.

FitOn’s story is one of a good product that had great timing. Launched in 2019, the app provides at-home workouts led by celebrities including Halle Berry, Gabrielle Union-Wade, Lindsay Vonn and Julianne Hough. When the pandemic forced gyms to close, their user base grew to over 10 million, and 80% of their users livestreamed workouts in 2020.

Is this a good thing for Peerfit? For the Tampa Bay scene?

My opinion is yes, and for now, I’ll keep my answers to bullet points:

  • It’s good for Peerfit, part 1: When you create a business with “startup” ambitions (as opposed to having the goal of creating a so-called “lifestyle business”, a model that is unfairly mocked and deserves more respect), your goal is to exit. In general, there are three kinds of exits:
    1. You fail. This could be closing up shop, or getting acquired at a “clearance” price.
    2. You IPO. Typically, to do this, you first have to become a unicorn — a private company with a valuation of over $1 billion. Shareholders are generally ecstatic, and employees generally do really well. This is the least likely scenario; there are just over 1,000 of them in the world.
    3. You get acquired. Shareholders are generally pleased, and employees generally do pretty nicely. This is the most likely scenario, as 97% of exits are an M&A-type transaction. It’s also usually the best outcome for a small- to medium-sized startup, which is where Peerfit fits.
  • It’s good for Peerfit, part 2: FitOn and Peerfit are complementary: one’s provides wherever-you-happen-to-be workouts, and the other provides fitness benefits to companies. FitOn provides capital, reach, and an app in the top 20 in the App Store, and with a 4.9 rating (from almost 230K ratings!). Peerfit can take the FitOn app to corporate customers.
  • It’s good for the Tampa Bay tech scene: It takes more than evangelizing the benefits of choosing Tampa Bay as a place where you’ll live, work, and play to build our tech scene. That’s just telling. Telling helps, but we also need to show, and success stories such as Peerfit are exactly what we need.

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For more on the acquisition, see: