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Self-Driving Cars and Trucks are One-Step Closer with Luminar’s $100M Funding Increase

The laser lidar sensors for self-driving vehicles are expected to hit the road in 2022, just about two years from now. Luminar, in Orlando, FL raised an additional $100M. Now, they plan to market a new affordable sensing and perception platform for automated passenger vehicles as well as commercial trucks.…
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The Power of Persistence: Interview with Paul Ellis

Paul serves as CEO of Foundry Commercial, bringing more than 27 years of commercial real estate brokerage, development, investment, and management experience. As one of the founding members of Foundry, he and the team have grown the platform to over 300 employees, serving clients across 12 offices and an investment…
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The Speed of Execution: Interview with Brian Hall

Brian Hall Husband to Brenda, Father to 5 Incredible young adults, Super PawPaw to 3 Awesome Grandkids Dysfunctional Serial Entrepreneur with only a 35% Success Rate Former USAF C-130 Pilot and Hurricane Hunter 100% Blessed By God, Receiver of a ton of grace and mercy he doesn’t deserve! KonaDocks –…
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Coffee with a Cause: Interview with Ben Hoyer

Ben Hoyer is the founder and director of Downtown CREDO, a social enterprise focused on improving quality of lives by cultivating networks of meaning, impact, and community, the President/COO for Rally: the Social Enterprise Accelerator and board chair for Orlando Together. CREDO operates three name-your-price coffee shops; leads CREDO Conduit,…
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Before You Write a Line of Code: Interview with Gregg Pollack

Gregg Pollack is the founder of VueMastery.com, the Ultimate Resource for Vue.js developers. Previously he founded Code School, an online software programming school which was acquired by Pluralsight for $36 Million, Envy, a web application development firm, and Starter Studio, Orlando’s first technical accelerator which recently graduated its tenth class.…
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Snapchat for Hospitals: Interview with Patrick de la Roza

EASE Applications:  Our Story For some time, Dr. Munro and Dr. de la Roza had observed the anxious expressions of family members on returning to the waiting room at the end of the surgery, and their sense of relief on learning that all had gone well. They started texting updates…
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The Power of the Free Market: Interview with Fred Clayton

Fred B. Clayton President and CEO, Orlando Union Rescue Mission Freddy Clayton is a fifth-generation Floridian who joined the Board of Directors of the Orlando Union Rescue Mission in 2010. He served as Vice Chairman until he became President and CEO in 2015. He began his professional career as a…
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Delight Your Customers – Interview with Lydia Chicles

Results-driven with over 20 years experience in developing, recognizing and bettering products, Lydia Chicles developed much of her expertise working in creative & management roles in the magazine and design industry. Involved with Magazines Canada, an influential industry advocate, she leads the efforts and navigated the changing world of the…
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What is a Social Enterprise – Interview with Rob Panepinto

Rob Panepinto is an innovator who has always challenged the status quo of “good enough”. Rob has helped Orange County become a hub for technology, entrepreneurship, and creativity. He is passionate about the positive impact businesses and business leaders drive for their communities and is an active “civic entrepreneur” serving…
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Breaking the Mold of Startup Funding – Interview with Dena Jalbert

Dena Jalbert, Align Business Advisory Services Dena Jalbert is founder and CEO of Align Business Advisory Services, a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and business advisory firm based in Winter Park, Fla. Align was founded in 2010 with a mission to break the mold of the traditional advisory firm and is…
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