Lunch and Learn – Linda Olson on Tampa Bay WaVE “Moving forward with your community impacting dream.” Friday, March 15th 2013

linda_K_olsonLinda Olson is the Executive Director and Founder of Tampa Bay WaVE, a “by entrepreneur, for entrepreneur” 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into growing tech ventures in Tampa Bay. Founded in 2008, Linda has grown Tampa Bay WaVE to over 100 early-stage technology ventures. Based on her vision for helping more tech ventures reach success, she co-authored the BUILD-LAUNCH-GROW program framework that takes ventures from the idea stage through strategic planning and product development to a sustainable and scalable business model. In 2012, Tampa Bay WaVE was awarded a $1million federal grant from the Department of Commerce to establish a tech venture accelerator program and open a 16,000 sq/ft tech hub in downtown Tampa.

Prior to Tampa Bay WaVE, Linda served on the senior management team of yet2.com, a Boston-based venture capital funded global technology transfer business where she ran the Accounting and Finance operations, sat on the Audit Committee and played a key role in their global expansion with the creation of multiple subsidiaries in Europe and Asia. Linda was also a Sarbanes-Oxley compliance pioneer, developing her own Big4-approved methodology and directing the company-wide Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts for The New York Times Company. She is also a businesswoman and entrepreneur in her own right as the founder of several technology ventures including Total Web Concierge, WOMbeat! and StudGuru. Linda started her professional career in consulting at Arthur Andersen, where she specialized in process re-engineering and ERP system implementations for Fortune 500 companies.

Linda was named to the founding leadership committee of Startup Florida, the Florida arm of Startup America Partnership. She also serves on the board of Tampa Bay Technology Forum Foundation, and the recruiting committee for Tampa Bay Innovation Center. In January 2013, she was named as one of the “Top 10 business people to watch in Tampa Bay” (Tampa Bay Times).

Linda has a CPA license from the State of Florida, MACC and BS degrees from Florida State in accounting, and an MBA from Columbia University.

Phone: 813-277-3171

Email: Linda@tampabaywave.org

is located at:

Broadway Bar

1001 Cocoanut Avenue

Sarasota, FL 34236

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