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Startup Grind Tampa Hosts Bret Tobey, CEO of Carvoyant)


Bret Tobey, Carvoyant

Bret Tobey likes Shakespeare, but when his friend demonstrated an early version of the Mosaic browser from the University of Illinois, he realized he was studying the wrong thing and he set aside English Lit and his first tech job started that week.  When Bret was told he would make a better entrepreneur than employee, he took that as a compliment and decided to found his own new venture and help others with theirs. Bret has worked in multiple startups ranging from empowering physical therapists to a farmers market and for global companies like Diebold but the learning, patience and impatient work pace demanded starting new ventures is his calling.  Bret was providing strategic product management and business development for the world’s largest security hardware manufacturer, ASSA ABLOY and his work there led to the initial architecture and business model for Carvoyant.  Reaching back to his involvement with the first Internet load of VISA backed cash value to a smart card (1998), he has an extensive background with large scale transaction systems. He has also managed the strategy and development of numerous products with combined software and hardware elements such as this touch screen lockset.  One a personal note Bret is a father of four and an avid sailor. He earned a BA degree in English from the University of Florida.



6:30 Networking and Food
7:30 Fireside Chat
8:30 Networking


Hosted By Joy Randels, Tampa Chapter Director

Joy is the Founder and CEO of NewMarket Partners.  She’s launched 13 startups, had 2 IPO’s and 9 acquisitions, raising over $300M seeing the hard work payoff and experiencing failure. Joy is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, security and mobile.  NewMarket Partners helps emerging tech companies create scalable businesses, performs due diligence for capital raises and M&A. Joy also co-founded Applied G2, Nurturism and Digital Collective. She’s an active angel investor and an organizer of Startup Weekend, Ignite Tampa Bay and Barcamp. Bottom line, she wants to see Startups ROCK!
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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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  • Joy R.

    Great night, special thanks to our guest Bret Tobey the CEO of Carvoyant for sharing his entrepreneurial journey with us. Lots of great questions from the audience and many new entrepreneurs from all over the Tampa Bay area. Special thanks to Adrianne Jacobsen and Fred Soriano for their help tonight!

    3 · December 19, 2013

  • Prisca B.

    Hello I saw your add for the meetup and this group looks like exactly what I was looking for

    December 18, 2013

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