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How does the Technology 50 stack up?

By DAVE GUSSOW, Times Technology Editor

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 18, 1999

It's the time of year for polls and top 10 lists, and a chance to see how the top companies in the Tampa Bay Technology 50 stack up against national competition.

Genesis Manufacturing of Oldsmar topped the bay area list that was issued in September by a consortium of groups, including the Tampa Bay Partnership, Deloitte & Touche and the Maddux Report. The company had revenue growth of 4,890 percent between 1993 and 1997. Genesis makes circuit boards and other electronics.

That performance made Genesis No. 71 nationally in the Fast 500 list compiled by Deloitte & Touche, the only bay area company to break the top 100. Messagequest, No. 2 in the bay area, came in at No. 103 nationally, with revenue growth of 3,229 percent. It is a software and professional services company.

The top Florida company was LaserSight Inc. of Orlando at No. 54. The only other Florida company in the top 100 was Intelligent Med Imaging Inc. of Palm Beach Gardens at No. 96.

The rankings are based on revenue growth and contain only companies that choose to participate, so it is not scientific. But if you're one of those people who love lists, the whole lineup can be reviewed at http://www.dttus.com/fast500.

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Speaking of lists, Tritheim Technologies (www.tritheim.com) in Tarpon Springs had a booth at Comdex in November, but was left off the list of Florida companies provided by show officials. That brought the total of bay area companies at the computer megashow in Las Vegas to 13, not 12 as we reported at the time. Maybe we were just ahead of the curve: Tritheim, which develops and manufactures smart card technology, has since been sold to PubliCard, a Fairfield, Conn., company involved in everything from smart cards to coin meter systems used in laundries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The holidays are but a recent memory, but a suggestion from Dan Gillmor caught my eye. Gillmor is the technology columnist for the San Jose Mercury News.

Gillmor, who surveyed some other technology journalists, wants PR firms and technology companies to take the money they spend on holiday greeting cards every year and donate it to charity. Then, he says, the companies can send an e-mail with season's greetings and a note about its charitable donation.

Deserving agencies and people benefit, and it helps avoid some uncomfortable situations when companies include gifts with the cards (the Times returns gifts). Gillmor's idea sounds like a winner to me.

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We continue to get questions about deadlines for items for Postings, and some of our regular columns, particularly Site Seeing. Posting items need to be here at least a week before the publication date. For example, an item for today's section needed to be here last Monday. Submissions should include the name of the club, location of the meeting, including address, meeting topic if available and an e-mail or phone number for additional information. Send items to techtimes@sptimes.com.

A few readers have had problems accessing some Web sites featured in Site Seeing. We can't really diagnose from afar. It could be your computer, your browser or your service provider. It would save you time, and maybe some headaches, to check those things first.

Columnist Jules Allen is happy to hear from readers, but please check that you typed the URL (Web address) correctly. If that doesn't work, reboot your machine and try to access the site again. It could be that simple.

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