Orlando's TapRide acquired by DoubleMap

Written by David Glass.

tapride logo indexORLANDO – DoubleMap, an Indianapolis-based transportation software company, today announced it has acquired Orlando-based TapRide, an on-demand, ride hailing and dispatching system. The acquisition will enable DoubleMap to provide a single solution for real-time mobile mapping, ride hailing and vehicle tracking for public transportation and any organization which moves passengers.

IZEA Closes $12 Million Private Placement

Written by David Glass.

IZEA logo aORLANDO - Sponsored social media firm, IZEA has closed a $12 million private placement of common stock and warrants.

Pursuant to the terms of the private placement, the IZEA has agreed to sell an aggregate of approximately 34.2 million shares of common stock at a price of $0.35 per share.  Investors will also receive warrants to purchase up to approximately 17.1 million shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.35 and warrants to purchase up to approximately 17.1 million shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.50.

Starter Studio Tech Accelerator gets ready for Second Class

Written by Brian Wilson.

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ORLANDO - Florida Technology Journal has been following Starter Studio from the very beginning.  See video of Gregg Pollack discussing the launch here.

Starter Studio plans on doing the same this next round by providing startups with education, mentorship, legal and financial resources, networking opportunities, and the right culture to help innovative solutions grow for three months.

OrlandoiX plans to bring 80,000 techies to Orlando

Written by Necole Pynn.

OiX logo FIN fillORLANDO – The Orlando Interactive Experience aka OrlandoiX is a new annual, five-day international digital festival launching in 2015. Set to attract an audience of 80,000 to 100,000 visitors to the the Orlando metro area, the conference is projected to have an economic impact of $17 to $21 million as a result of hotel room, travel, food & beverage and event activity spending.

During October 2- 6, 2015, Orlando will be transformed into a digital village for interactive media, entertainment technology and digital arts, all core segments of Orlando’s thriving technology industry.

Orlando named to most promising tech hubs list

Written by David Glass.

us-map-outlineORLANDO - Techie.com, a blog on disruptive technology has named Orlando as a national tech hub to watch in 2014.

According to the blog, Orlando is doing everything that it can to promote itself as more than just a Mouseketeer’s paradise. One major venture to this end is the Creative Village, a massive renovation of the former Amway Arena site. According the City of Orlando’s website, this particular project “builds on the success of Orlando’s digital media industry by transforming the former site of the Amway Arena in Downtown Orlando into a 68-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented, urban infill neighborhood that will be home to leading higher education providers”. With a dynamic computing program nearby at the University of Central Florida, the Creative Village sounds like a big win for Orlando.

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