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Florida has never had a reputation as being a hotbed for tech startups, but that is changing.

Startup Grind Palm Beach is relaunching in Palm Beach County to aid in the collective effort of establishing South Florida as a tech hub (as you’re aware, there are half a dozen or so organizations working towards this common goal). Powered by Google for Startups, their primary focus is to foster strong community where startups help each other rise together. According to the Sun Sentinel, “Investors from Silicon Valley are seeing innovation in South Florida, more funds are being raised in the region for startup capital and angel investors continue to seek early entry to the ‘next big thing.'”

Startup Grind Palm Beach Director Alice Figueroa says that having a key player like The SilverLogic as the main sponsor of all future events, and Joe Russo, as co-organizer will be vital to the success of this new venture.

About Startup Grind

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 1,500,000 entrepreneurs in over 500 chapters. They nurture startup ecosystems in 125 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Startups. The cornerstone of their global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Upcoming Event | Fireside Chat with Peter Pezaris

Peter is the founder & CEO of CodeStream, an early-stage technology company developing the next-generation knowledge retention service for software developers. Prior to CodeStream, Peter was Founder; CEO of Glip, a team collaboration platform acquired by RingCentral in 2015, and [Multiply.com], acquired by Naspers in 2010. He also founded [Commissioner.com], which was acquired by CBS in 1999. Click here to RSVP

Startup Grind Values:

We believe in making friends, not contacts.
We believe in giving, not taking.
We believe in helping others before helping yourself.

The SilverLogic is an agile custom software development company that provides technology solutions to clients in all industries. TSL asses clients to determine the right solution to their problems. As their slogan says We Make Ideas Happen.

The first Startup Grind PB event is being held this January 24th, 2019.

Interested in becoming a speaker, sponsoring, or join our team? Apply by sending an email to alice@startupgrind.com

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Many of us are seeking outlets through which to tell our story. Now more than ever, we are creating lives wrought with purpose and passion – looking for the sweet spot where our gifts can support our livelihood. Behind us are the days where you sacrifice your happiness and fulfillment for the sake of an income. The 2018 human has more tools than ever at their disposal to turn their creative expressions and greatest joys into dollars. And, we want to invite the people we’re serving through our gifts, in, so that they can see and feel themselves within the narratives we’re writing. Sometimes – oftentimes – we need help telling our stories.

Enter Talia Schizzano of Tallymark Productions – the woman you want on your team if you’ve got a story to tell.

More than a Story

There is an infinite number of mediums you could activate to tell a story, but Talia’s particular magic is filmmaking. As someone who understands what it’s like to want to promote your story beautifully, working with Talia means that capturing the moments that tell your tale will be dramatic, vibrant, crisp and sexy. That’s right – sexy. And this ocean loving transplant from Long Island has been collaborating with business owners with stories to magnify from all over our little pocket of paradise – with an abiding love and a serious knack for documenting the wild blue yonder.

Talia a self-taught-solo-preneur-filmmaker made the pilgrimage to West Palm Beach from NY. Lucky for us she decided to stay and call our little slice of paradise home in 2016.

“I grew up with shells all over the house and my Mom taking me to Fire Island, teaching me how to swim in the big waves and search for sea glass. She’d also been taking me to Tampa since I was a baby because her parents lived there. I started living for those trips. Being in the ocean brought me so much joy. So did the climate. So, as I got older I became really passionate about living somewhere tropical near the ocean, Florida was what I knew.“

Tallymark is the name Talia made up for her filmmaking when she was a kid – she’s been doing it that long. From the early days of shooting music videos with her cousins to her first “real” gig as a filmmaker for Miami Kiteboarding to the film that put her on everyone’s radar here in West Palm – The Crossing for a Cure documentary for Piper’s Angels, Talia has built a living telling stories. Her own. Yours. The entire planet’s.

Film grants us access to layers of an experience that photography and words can’t always reach. The animated nature of capturing moments in this way lends itself to a much more holistic perspective. When you watch the Crossing for a Cure doc, Talia gives you an entire sensory experience through her lens. As the viewer, I could almost feel the breeze that rustled tall palm leaves backlit by a burning sun against my skin. My own breath got deeper as the paddlers moved through a yoga practice.  I could taste kombucha and salty air. I could hear lapping waves and laughter. I could see the same relentless miles of ocean as she did from the boat where she took off from a beach in Bimini, under the light of the moon and stars. Tallymark made it possible for me to be fully immersed in The Crossing, from the green velvet couch in my living room.

Talia’s love for the ocean is illuminated in her client base, with an affinity for water sports and conservation of our precious watery resources. Recently she had the opportunity to align her passion for reducing our reliance on plastics with her ocean obsession, resulting in her film Defying Plastic for the Ocean Film Challenge contest, created by Dr. Sylvia Earle. With 100 submissions to the contest, Talia’s film scored “best editing” and came out as a finalist to win a trip to Fiji…and then she WON! Our friend here is headed across the globe to keep telling stories about our incredible planet.

Defying Plastic by Talia Schizzano for The Ocean Film Challenge. Click to watch.

Solo-prensurship ain’t easy. It’s a journey wrought with highs and lows to say the least. When we have the opportunity to lean into our communities and ask to be supported in our goals and dreams, it softens the often rough edges of doing things alone. And there’s nothing more energizing and inspiring than realizing just how supported you truly are.

The support I’ve received means the world to me, and I’m truly overwhelmed at how many people worked so hard to get so many votes. They rallied their friends and families. I can’t tell you how many names I don’t know in my list of votes! It’s opened my eyes to the hundreds of true supporters I have. It’s very humbling. I feel like I’m on top of the world.

Tallymark is here to help you tell your story beautifully.

We’re here to tell you hers.

The post Local Filmmaker Stands to Defy Plastic and Wins appeared first on Startup Palm Beach.

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Everything I needed to know about Brittany Reilly, I knew when I checked her nail polish. Ten digits of a very subtle ice blue glitter, with knuckles wrapped in gigantic chunks of silver and turquoise that you’d be mistaken to mess with.
Translation – “I don’t give a…”
Well, you know.

There are countless ways for us to express ourselves, and we’re subconsciously communicating a whole lot about ourselves all the time. Even when we don’t realize that we’re giving information about who we are, we’re much less concealed than we think if the observer is paying attention. From the way we communicate to our sense of humor, the music we listen to, our body language, and of course, how we dress. What Brittany is telling us with her constantly changing rainbow fingertips, bright red lipstick, tye-dye, fringe, and stone-encrusted knuckle dusters, is that she’s bold, creative, and doesn’t conform to trends or norms or seek to blend in. Having spent some time discovering the woman behind the Airstream boutique that literally rolled into town and parked in our ‘hood two months ago, is that all of these external adornments are an incredible representation of who she is as an entrepreneur, and really, who she is as a human being.

Florida or Bust

If you’re tuned into what’s happening in our neighborhood, you’ve seen Bohemian Groove on the Move. The babes at Elizabeth Ave Station found BG on Instagram and invited her to bring the operation from New York to their front yard – literally. By now, you’ve been inside and fallen in love with at least ten things. Hopefully, you’ve also sat on the custom wrap-around couch with Britt and gotten to know the one-woman show who built the entire thing from scratch. BG feels like a place that you not only want to drop a few bucks but that you want to spend time with. The size of the space contributes a lot to the intimate nature of the experience of being there, gently forcing you to make friends with whoever is inside. I have never once been there and not seen someone on that couch with Britt. She is exactly the kind of stranger you want to kick it with. And let me tell you – the girl’s got a story to tell.

Finding Her Groove

Britt grew up as the only child of a single dad – so she didn’t always rock the boho gypsy goddess style you see today, as you could probably imagine for a little girl raised by a (totally amazing) dad on his own. What it meant though, was that as she got older, there were no preconceived limits on how she could express herself. She just picked whatever she liked and rocked it. Including a tropical tye-dye set complete with fringe that she picked up at a tourist shop that- if I’m being honest – I could still imagine her wearing. When style became her career as a young adult, she experienced the power of this form of expression and how good clothes can make us feel, time and time again.

Now if I asked you what came first, a driver’s license or an airstream, you’d guess driver’s license. Good guess! That makes sense.

Except you’d be wrong.

Let’s back up a little bit. Once upon a time not that long ago, this lifelong New Yorker was a personal stylist for brands like Rent the Runway and Topshop and that was all well and good until she got an idea. An idea that no one had heard of before- a mobile clothing boutique.

Lightbulb – on.

Remember that lifelong city-dweller thing? Yeah well, see the thing was, Britt never needed a driver’s license. But after peacing out on her gig with Topshop, she was now the proud owner of an Airstream. No license? No problem. What you’ll learn about Brittany is that she doesn’t perceive barriers, she just makes a choice gets it done – whatever it is. With some driving lessons from her best friend under her belt, she soon had an airstream AND the legal certification to drive the thing. Then the overhaul began.

If you’ve been inside BG it’s difficult to imagine that it once had a full living setup inside complete with a bed, kitchen and all the trappings of a once livable airstream trailer. The transformation was no easy task, and Brittany will tell you that the project of the rebuild was probably the biggest challenge she’s faced on this entrepreneurial journey. She had plenty of non-believers and external voices of doubt. People had never seen or heard of someone owning a mobile boutique before. After a year of renovating, buying and probably some finger-crossing, she officially opened the door of Bohemian Groove to the world and has been on the road thriving ever since.

Life-Style

Personally, I’ve never invested too much in personal style, but when Brittany rolled into town with her F150 and Airstream boutique in tow, the winds began to shift a bit. In getting to know this young, bold, brave business owner, I’ve reexamined the part that style plays in my identity and looked a bit differently in the mirror as I ask myself what it is that I’m silently communicating through my clothes. I’ve also reexamined where I’m afraid of taking bold leaps in my business, where I could be braver, what barriers I perceive, and where I could just make a choice and get it done – whatever it is.

And since Britt hooked me up with a bottle of blue glitter nail polish, I’d say I’m off on the right foot.

As told by Stef ‘Sauce’ Osofsky of Apollo Connection Co.

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