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Thursday, February 7
 

6:30pm

From Startup to $150M Exit: A Fireside Chat with Tony DiBenedetto
Tony DiBenedetto founded Tribridge, which sold for over $150M in 2017 and is one of Tampa Bay's largest and most notable technology exits.  That's the highlight.

Yet, many people don't know the bumps along the way to Tony's success as an entrepreneur. His first venture? It was a pizza restaurant that didn't work out. After 9/11, Tribridge almost shut down. It was focus on values and culture that empowered him and his company to persevere.

So, join us! Hear from one of Tampa's tech visionaries about his wins, losses, and the lessons in-between in this open and transparent dialogue between Tony and Rich Heruska, serial entrepreneur and accelerator director of Tampa Bay Wave.

Learn the inside scoop on what he tells founders and leave with specific takeaways to help you and your business boom in 2019!


Speakers
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Tony DiBenedetto

Executive Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Tampa Bay Wave
A 30-year executive, serial entrepreneur and thought leader, Tony is the former CEO of technology company Tribridge, where he led the strategic direction, development and vision for 19 years. He was also CEO of Concerto Cloud Services, a subsidiary of Tribridge. He currently serves... Read More →
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Rich Heruska

Accelerator Director, Tampa Bay Wave
Rich Heruska is a Serial Entrepreneur and 5x Founder of numerous Consumer Facing Brands.  Most recently, Rich sold his growing chain of Family Entertainment and Recreation Centers, AirHeads Trampoline Arena, to a Holding Company of Entertainment Brands. Under Rich’s leadership... Read More →


7:30pm

The REAL Journey: Founders on the Highs and Lows of Startup Life
Entrepreneurs have become today’s modern-day rock stars, but behind every mega success story, there are brutal truths and struggles on the road to growth.

Why? There are no shortcuts or magic formulas to succeed as an entrepreneur. This is why, the Tampa Bay Wave is proud to present our marquee event, “The Real Journey: Founders on the Highs and Lows of Startup Life.”

Join us to hear from some of Tampa's rapidly growing breakout companies about the trials and tribulations you often don't read about in the press.




Speakers
avatar for Samyr Qureshi

Samyr Qureshi

Co-Founder & CEO, Knack
Samyr Qureshi is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Knack, the fastest growing peer tutoring platform on college campuses. Knack’s mission is to help students discover and deliver their knack - giving them the best platform to build, sharpen, and showcase their skills... Read More →
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Dean Collura

CEO, TitleTap
avatar for David Sawyer

David Sawyer

CEO, TSOLife
avatar for Julia MacGregor-Peralta

Julia MacGregor-Peralta

CEO, Global Safety Management
Julia MacGregor-Peralta, MS MBA, has over 25 years’ experience in hands-on business management and growing companies from start up through growth stage. Currently, she is President and CEO of the Venture-backed technology company, Global Safety Management (GSM), her 6th venture... Read More →
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Rich Heruska

Accelerator Director, Tampa Bay Wave
Rich Heruska is a Serial Entrepreneur and 5x Founder of numerous Consumer Facing Brands.  Most recently, Rich sold his growing chain of Family Entertainment and Recreation Centers, AirHeads Trampoline Arena, to a Holding Company of Entertainment Brands. Under Rich’s leadership... Read More →