WOMbeat! CEO Talks About Tampa’s Innovation WaVE

March 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm 1 comment

When you hear the words “tech startup” and “the Bay Area,” does Tampa come to mind?  Maybe not for most people today.  But ask the founder and chief executive officer of WOMbeat, Linda Olson, and she will tell you that someday people may refer to San Francisco as the “other Bay Area.”

Besides founding WOMbeat!, Olson is also the founder of a member-based organized network of web-based entrepreneurs in Central Florida called the Tampa Bay WaVE, which stands for Web Venture Entrepreneurs (with an ‘a’ for good measure).  Started in June 2008, today the Tampa Bay WaVE is made up of 34 members who represent locally-based web ventures of various stages; several have already attained much success and received national media coverage by outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Tech Crunch, DEMO, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, to name a few.

The Gulf Coast Business Review recently published a story about Olson and the Tampa Bay WaVE.  Read the full story here.


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  • 1. WOMbeat!  |  March 10, 2010 at 1:37 am

    For anyone looking for a little more information about some of the Tampa Bay WaVE members:

    Wufoo.com (Ycombinator graduate): Note: This is a great example of a company that easily could have stayed in Silicon Valley but chose to come back to Tampa. I think their customer list is one that would make any company envious: http://wufoo.com/clients/

    SiteWit.com (just launched Feb 2010): http://blog.sitewit.com/
    Note: Think of them like Google Analytics on steroids with quality scoring engine, predictive analytics, revenue attribution engine, campaign management and optimization, and SEO ranking engine integrated with data warehousing, machine learning and data mining to optimize online traffic and paid search campaigns.

    Jibidee.com (covered by Tech Crunch)

    Enthusem.com (covered by DEMO)

    Rentacoder.com (covered by Inc. Magazine)
    Note: Actually, Rentacoder has been honored in the “5000 Fastest Growing Companies” list for the past three years in a row: 2007, 2008 and 2009.

    PeepNote.com (2009 RailsRumble “top 10” finisher)
    Note: RailsRumble is a world-wide competition where developers submit websites built in a 48-hour window. While most teams represent the usual suspects of hometowns (CA, TX, MA, etc.), not one but two of the top 10 finishing teams were from Tampa Bay (Omnominator being the other).

    Domuswap.com (covered by Money Magazine, WSJ, The New York Times)
    Note: Yes, that is correct. Two of the Tampa Bay WaVE member companies were covered by the Wall Street Journal.

    OnlineHouseTrading.com (covered by The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NBC’s Today Show, CBS, Good Morning America, etc.)

    Not to mention several of our WaVE members and/or member companies who have been selected to present at Florida Venture Forum, StartupRiot, etc.


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