where science meets science fiction at the Entrepreneur Social Club in DTSP at venue NOVA 535

Where Science meets Science Fiction

Tonight June 3, 2016, here in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida at the award-winning, historic venue, NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, we gather once again to enjoy, celebrate, network, schmooze, teach, learn, and blow off steam. Who are we? We are the Entrepreneur Social Club, aka the ESC. We are the risk takers, the dreamers, the inventors, and the doers. Where is the place where science meets Science Fiction? Read on and find out!

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Newcomers Marlene Maseman and Alana Crumbley, both real estate sales with Berkshire Hathaway, fit right in between Rico of Red Polar Studios and Jeff Sassano of Anytime Concierge. Welcome ladies!! Jeff and the ladies joined us for dinner and drinks, the film gents had editing and a hot film project to complete. Jimmy Manfredy -film fight coordinator and stunt-man, on far left, returned to NOVA. Welcome back Jimmy!

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Alana Crumbley (blonde)- commercial real estate sales associate Berkshire. Architecture and Interior Design. She’s polishing her pitch and niche, so we offered our help.  NOTES and SUGGESTIONS for Alana: Help mentor and support artists via my real estate sales. Give back a % to artists. Business Plan to incorporate how you can help artists. Intersection between Commercial Real Estate and The Art. X% to the ARTS Make room in your budgets for the Arts. Partner with an existing arts supportive charity.

Marlene Mason is a new Berkshire Hathaway commercial real estate agent in Tampa, though Marlene is not new to sales, business, nor marketing. She’s a seasoned business owner and real go getter. Welcome to the ESC Marlene.

Below = Mike Palomba, “O”, Daniel Michaels (in tie), Jimmy Manfredy and Ricardo  -the Red Polar Studios Film Crew! Gents, welcome back! They are filming a video commercial for NOVA 535, I’m excited.

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Wants and Needs (of the members)

SEO and Social Media – there is our pals with Symphoni Media and the www.seoconsultingexperts.com

Land for Fish Farm – the real estate ladies will certainly handle that for Julia Haddad’s father.

Film shoot location – my venue NOVA 535 was suggested, of course!

Frutzy – Organic ingredients (be careful that it is 100% organic) All Natural. Face Friendly

Below left to right: Lash World Tour, Kathi of Hat-a-Tude, Julia, and newcomer Eileen Oertel  (starting her business – sitter of homes and dogs), word of mouth contact via Jeff Sasano…welcome!!

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Google Authenticator – set-up 2 step verification for everything you can – email, quickbooks, mailchimp, etc. “With 2 step verification you’ll protect your account with your password AND your phone.” (from Google) Read more about how it works.  BE SMART and USE 2 Step Verification, it’s easy and will make you accounts MUCH MUCH harder to hack.  CLEF is another two-factor authentication process.

Looking for something excellent to do, the best places to eat, shop, play here in DTSP? Who are the unique personalities behind those businesses? Check out DowntownStPete.com

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Carrie Gerard (below, left  -another newcomer, WELCOME!!) is also feeling out how to polish and niche her nutritional counseling business. NOTES:  st pete adults personalized nutritional counseling, finding  why you aren’t feeling well, Nutritional Audit .. Are you feeling unwell? Let us do a nutritional profile Nutritional Dysfunction. ADVICE to Carrie = Read Becoming A Key Person of Influence.

left to right = Carrie, Mr. GateauOChocolate himself Emmanuel Roux, Daniel 4UFitness, Keith Long our resident Ghost Writer and the lovely Jill of Organic Creative (Jill please help Julia with her business card!)

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Tonight I wanted to talk about science fiction and how it translates into real science. Funny as many of our usual tech nerds were absent tonight. Anyhoo, we went around asking everyone for their fav sci-fi book/movie/tv show and here’s what we got…in the place where science meets science fiction.

BOOKS: Dune, Stephen King, Twilight Zone, Willy Wonka, Jules Verne, Ender’s Game, 2001, George Orwell, Falling Skies, Harry Potter, 1984


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TV: (many of these based upon the books, which are typically, though not always, much better)

Dr. Who  Star Wars, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Battlestar Galactica, Mystery Science 3000, Serenity, iRobot, Minority Report, 1000 Leagues, Space Balls, Blade Runner, Watchmen, Gattaca,  Matrix, 12 MonkeysFringe

Lost (as described on Wikipedia) “Lost is a drama series containing elements of science fiction and the supernatural. It follows the survivors of the crash of a commercial passenger jet, flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. The story is told in a heavily serialized manner. Episodes typically feature a primary storyline set on the island, augmented by flashback or flashforward sequences which provide additional insight into the involved character(s).

Black MirrorDollhouse

We discussed the topics of space travel, robots, computers and the internet of things. These are today’s science, the fiction of year’s past.

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Below is John Barie, Classic Design Associates (architect to Donald trump as his clever pitch goes and NO, don’t even think any religion nor politics, both forbidden from the ESC).

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Below is Kal Patel – business lawyer and Brian of BuyMeACarUSA.com 

Kal’s asking the ESC what questions WE’D be asking when hiring a lawyer. What is your specialty? Who are your existing clients? How Long? How are you different? Are you flexible and customizable? Do we vibe well?

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DINNER: Tonight we went back to one of our DTSP favorite restaurants, the Oyster Bar located at  249 Central Avenue 727-897-9728. We ubered over and were treated by a driver in excellent spirits, a young lady originally from southern Russia, she was hilarious, playing techo and we all enjoyed her fabulous energy and banter!

PS – please give me a break as to the photos, as I’m using my NOTE 5 Samsung, this below a grainy selfie in the dark no less. Since I’m not charging for the club, and running it, and taking the photos and blogging, then dragging my big 6D around DTSP in the alleys might not be so smart. So I’m using the NOTE and doing my best here. #selfcongratswhilemakinggrainyphotoexcuses

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We were enjoying the delicious, fresh oysters to get things started just right. One of the oysters happened to have a sub-leased tenant – a cute tiny little crab. His poor mother must be so worried!

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The gorgeous mussels and tasty buffalo shrimp also were most welcomed to our table, along with some surprisingly delightful cabernet from Washington State. I was suspect until the friendly waiter brought me at taste, then SOLD! It’s called Wines of Substance.

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I’ve known this for years, that the TURF here at Oyster Bar St. Pete is excellent; the ribeye and brussel sprouts with bacon, both mouth-wateringly delicious!

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Of course there is always the DTSP alleys, with their random characters, amazing murals and graffiti (check out http://stpetemuraltour.com) , a place to make a quick call or enjoy a smoke. Plus they lead us quickly from dinner to our favorite live jazz joint, Ruby’s Elixir, owned by pal Greg Haddad. Thanks AGAIN Greg for the delightful music and service. Our waitress was, once again, my fav Linda, who is always positive and smiling and a real treat to spend time with. She had JUST lost her father this week, how terrible, and we all hugged her and shared our condolences. She is a trooper and we are most appreciative of you Linda. Infact the image below kinda sum you up – A Wonder(ful) Woman!

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I hope you enjoyed tonight, where science meets science fiction, June 3, 2016’s adventures of the Entrepreneur Social Club. We meet every Thursday night, since 2009, most always at NOVA 535. Check out exactly where at https://entrepreneursocialclub.com/events and join us for an ALWAYS fun AND productive night. Plan on staying for dinner, drinks and lots of deal making, laughter and de-stressing. See you all Thursday!

PS yes there was a Barry Lively sighting, along with the fabulous duo Miky Gray and Sheri Kendrick of LLOM (Fundraiser on June 30th, 2016 be there!), nice hanging with you All! =D


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