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The History of Tampa Bay Technology with Dr. Andy Hafer | Episode 3

The Wave Podcast

06-06-2023 • 36 mins

Tampa Bay Wave CEO and podcast host Linda Olson sits down with Dr. Andy Hafer, Executive Director of the USF Muma College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship. He is also an early ecosystem builder for Tampa Bay through his own entrepreneurial journey and support of local ESOs. He and his wife and kids run the Hafer Family Foundation.


Linda and Dr. Hafer discuss various aspects of entrepreneurship and their personal experiences. Dr. Hafer goes as far as saying that entrepreneurship is almost like a "DNA defect" that drives individuals to solve problems and have a strong determination to succeed.


Together, they talk about their history and their own entrepreneurial ventures. The conversation also touches on the importance of community and networking in entrepreneurship.


Listen in as they also discuss the birth of Synapse, an organization aimed at bringing together the elements of a strong innovation community and promoting entrepreneurship. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the rise of Tampa Bay's tech ecosystem and the factors contributing to its recent recognition, including the impact of Synapse and the appeal of entrepreneurship during uncertain times like the pandemic.


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