We have plenty of activity and zeal and some real success stories – Ultimate Software, Citrix, and Magic Leap come to mind quickly, but there are others. We need more, more of everything and better everything – startups, exits, angel groups, seed funds, exits, talent, cooperation throughout South Florida – everything
– – Bob
Bob Fitts, producer of The Startup Expo and President of the Gold Coast Venture Capital Association, relocated from Manhattan to Miami as a management consultant and soon became entrenched in the South Florida entrepreneurial community.
Yes, you should spend time and effort getting to know your user, particularly what she’s not telling you; yes, you should prototype early and often; and absolutely, you should get comfortable with failure because only through experimentation can you achieve the best results.
– – Mariana
Mariana Rego, co-founder of Design Thinking Miami, left her corporate job at UBS AG in New York to eventually start her entrepreneurial life in her adopted hometown of Miami.
The city is well known globally for its celebratory spirit, its real estate and entertainment industries, and its beautiful beaches and warm weather among other things. However, the majority of Miami, and the country, is unaware of the vast startup activity taking place at every corner or even the fact that it recently ranked #2 in startup activity. People outside of the startup ecosystem are not exposed to the stories of success and failures of our local entrepreneurs. How can we fix this? First, let’s examine the 4 elements needed for Miami’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to thrive.
I worked in some startups and consulted for others while enjoying all the wonderful things such a beautiful city like Miami has to offer. That is where I had the “aha” moment and started to develop the idea that would become Dream Tuner.
– – Alejandro
Alejandro Carrasco, founder of Dream Tuner, wants to empower unsigned, independent musicians and let music lovers discover new trends.
We need to evaluate ourselves and say, “These are our shortcomings and it’s OK. Let’s focus on our strengths to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available.” — Ariel
Ariel Quinones, Co-Founder of Ironhack – an intensive bootcamp programming school, was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in a household of educators and entrepreneurs. Ariel’s parents combined both being educators and entrepreneurs by founding a private university which eventually grew to more than 5 distinct campuses.
Most blind people have some level of sight. So we said, let’s have a device that adapts to the end user’s specific issues and enhance their capabilities.
– – Pia
Pia Celestino, founder of Crea7ive Interactive Advertising and EyeTalker, is a social entrepreneur in Miami.