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Tech entrepreneur picks Tampa Bay over Silicon Valley

“We realized that success in business or anything in life is all about humans," Erik Maltais explained.

TAMPA, Fla. — When you think about the prime location for a tech startup, Silicon Valley is usually the first place that comes to mind.

During his time out west, Erik Maltais saw new tech startups getting $1 million in venture capital to get their ideas off the ground. However, Maltais and his business partner thought it would be best to return to the Tampa Bay area.

Maltais is the co-founder of Immertec, a 3-D virtual reality training software for doctors. 

“We made the difficult decision to turn down those offers and come back and build our company here,” Maltais shared.   

Maltais' top priority is to build a culture of success with a team of people who are “extremely motivated and committed.”

“We realized that success in business or anything in life is all about humans,” Maltais said. “You have to have the right culture for employees, the right investors and the right customers. If anyone of those three is missing, then you’re not able to have a successful business.”

In the following video, Maltais explained why he chose to bring his innovative idea to Tampa Bay, and he gave two pieces of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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