The talent crisis is beginning to affect South Florida’s technology nexus. The old debate gets rephrased. Executives complain that universities don’t produce talent. Then when you interview the university presidents, they complain that the companies don’t hire their graduates. New CS majors and EE grads must go out of state. The university presidents are suggesting that the Florida companies expand their internship programs in order to cull students into their ranks, and mentor them up to employment. Companies in Florida who are doing this are not having retention problems. Florida struggles to build up its base of emerging industries in IT and biotech, while neighbors in NC and GA excel; the lesson for a state like FL is to communicate directly with students, and recruit them during their degree periods.