This week in the Orlando region, the launch of a new source for local innovation news, a local pro-athlete shares interest in investing in technology and an Orlando entrepreneur is featured in Forbes Next 1000 list. 

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Message from the Orlando Tech Council Chair

Happy Friday, all.  

We’ve just added two new, exciting ways to learn about all the exciting things happening in the Orlando region’s tech and innovation ecosystem – our new podcast, O, The Innovation and our media partnership launch of OrlandoInno. Please subscribe and share those channels with your network to help tell our region’s story.  

Episode 2 of the podcast is on The Rise of the Video Game Industry featuring Daryl Holt, Vice President / General Manager of Electronic Arts, Sean Pinnock, CEO of CyberDream, creator of Virtual Battlegrounds (#2 on Steam Charts), and Deanna Galbraith, Founder / Creative Director at Captilight — all incredible thought leaders here in our own community scoring big wins in their industry.  

And don’t miss this week’s profile in tech featuring one of the most consistently dedicated Orlando tech ecosystem supporters, Daryl Holt, who talks about Orlando’s growing experience economy and how the region offers exceptional quality of life options. 

Our next council meeting is July 13. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can contribute to the acceleration of the region’s tech and innovation ecosystem through the work of the Orlando Tech Council reach out to Lindsey Sandrin. 

Stay tuned for more news, events, and ways to connect with the Orlando region’s tech and innovation economy. Also, feel free to share this newsletter with friends and colleagues who can get on our mailing list here

Rajiv Menon 
Founder/CEO, Informulate
Orlando Tech Council Chair 

Profile in Tech: Daryl Holt, Electronic Arts

In this edition of Profiles in Tech, Daryl Holt, Vice President and General Manager of Electronic Arts  (EA-Tiburon, EA SPORTS Austin, & EA SPORTS Madrid) at Electronic Arts (EA), talks about Orlando’s growing experience economy and how the region is where living is brought to life. Read more here.


A gateway to Orlano Inno and the city’s ecosystem

The new platform seeking to catalyze the region’s ecosystem, OrlandoInno, created by a partnership with the Business Journals and American Inno is finally live! Here you can sign up for things like a twice-a-week newsletter, weekly editorial, quarterly events, the Orlando Tech Council’s regional tech and innovation directory, data and more. Read more about the launch here.

A big thanks to the Orlando Business Journal and our fellow founding partners, Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins CollegeSoliman ProductionsLowndes and the FL High Tech Corridor, who all helped launch this effort. We can’t wait to partner on more content and events that benefit the growth and maturity of our region’s tech and innovation community. 

Check out all the great articles posted on Orlando Inno including these hot headlines:  

  • The Orlando tech ecosystem at a glance 
  • Why this entrepreneur and his investor moved here from Miami  
  • Startup to put first bar into outer space  
  • Health tech startup to expand, here’s how  

How Orlando Magic Guard Gary Harris grew to enjoy venture captial, technology, real estate and other business topics

26-year-old Orlando Magic shooting guard, Gary Harris, is flexing his skills beyond the court with an interest in venture capital and technology. He recently invested in the Miami-based Swiftarc Ventures Labs Fund and the fund’s co-founder Sid Jawahar comments on how engaged Harris has been in the process, ““The thing that stands out about Gary is he takes the time (to learn),” Jawahar said. “He asks the right questions. I’ve enjoyed working with him because it’s invigorating for me to see that (passion and curiosity) from someone outside the investment world.”” Time will tell if Harris takes this passion to elevate the Orlando region’s tech community. Read more here.

Orlando entrepreneur featured as part of Forbes’ Next 1000

In 2017, Orlando-based Jason Rose launched a mattress company halfway around the world – in Hong Kong – from the comfort of The City Beautiful. He created a custom “bed-in-a-box” to meet the specific needs of Hong Kong residents during the hot summers and sold them online, only recently opening a storefront in the city in 2019, staffed with unemployed salespeople. See the full list here.

Save the Date | Upcoming Events

Events for the Weeks of June 28

Saturday, June 26
June 26 – Black Orlando Tech – BOT Tech Startup Series Begins

Tuesday, June 29
8 p.m. – General Assembly – Non-Tech Roles in Tech: how to Leverage Your Transferable Skills for a Tech Job
5:30 p.m. – Lean Startup Orlando – Innovation in Diversity, Inclusion and Team Building

Wednesday, June 30
9 a.m. – 1 Million Cups
9 a.m. – Tradewind Regional Summit- Orlando MS&T Industry Day
12 p.m. – Upsurge Florida – Inside the Investor’s Mind
1 p.m. – SBDC at UCF – Government Contracting Proposals: Pricing to Win
3 p.m. – VRARA – The Future of the Digital Immersive Enterprise
3:30 p.m. – General Assembly – Women of Color: Debunking Myths About Being Successful in Tech

Events on the Horizon

July 13 – SBDC at UCF – Embracing Change: How to Pivot Your Business in Changing Times
July 27 – Synapse – Libate & learn Episode 34 | Back to the Office: The Transition Back to In-Person Work
August 4-25 – Foundation for Orlando’s Future – SKILLFUL® Talent Series presented by JPMorgan Chase
August 17 – GrowFL – East Central Florida Finalist Celebration
August 19 – Orlando Regional Chamber – All Women Empowered (AWE) Impact Forum | SAVE THE DATE
September 16 – GrowFL – East Central Florida Chapter Membership Mixer
October 15 – Synapse Orlando
October 15-17 – Creative City Project – Immerse
October 22 – GrowFL – Statewide Membership Meeting

ICYMI | News from the Orlando Region

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