Innovative Women Hacking The Startup Life

Innovative Women Hacking The Startup Life

This was the second in the series of conversations with innovative women titled “Hacking the Startup Life”, hosted by Luminary Central, Crea7ive Interactive Advertising, and Pipeline Brickell. Its aim was to engage the panelists in a discussion regarding common obstacles women entrepreneurs face, and what methods they developed to overcome them.

The entrepreneurs involved in this session were Birame Sock from FlyScan, Dawn Sole from Pluck N’ File, and Tamar Lucien from CanUStart. The event was masterfully moderated by Luminary Central‘s own Christine Johnson.

The event kicked off with interesting facts from each of the founders that shed some light on how they now face obstacles. Dawn used to play football for an all boys team, Tamar has family gingerbread house building competitions that encourage the demolition of other’s structures, and Birame responds to an irrate note with the gift of a can opener.

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MMS: Where Silicon Valley and Miami Rock Together

MMS: Where Silicon Valley and Miami Rock Together

The second annual MIA Music Summit took place on March 26th and delivered on its promise of “Silicon Valley and Miami Rock Together”. Industry leaders, live performances, celebrated artists, and curated startups took part for a day of discussion about the future of the music.

Demian Bellumio, from Senzari, and the MIA Collective gathered some of today’s leading digital music experts, entrepreneurs, and investors from around the globe to discuss the intersection of music and technology and the future. Primary moderators Derrick Ashong and Lilia Luciano skillfully kept the audience engaged while eliciting insightful responses from the curated panel.

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Anabelle Paulino – “Put the life back into learning”

Anabelle Paulino – “Put the life back into learning”

We are trying to merge education, games, and an ancient mnemonic technique to create socially inviting, game-based learning that you can remember.

– –  Anabelle Paulino

Anabelle Paulino , manager of Mymemoree, established a goal to “come to your individual mind soon” using a platform that propels education by “gamifying” experiences. It motivates users while using memory techniques that naturally drive the human brain to remember and retain rather than merely memorize.

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Nico Berardi – “Give before you get”

Nico Berardi – “Give before you get”

I have the view that we’re here on Earth to do big things. It’s kind of a waste not to, right?

– –  Nico Berardi

Nico Berardi is the Managing Director of Accelerated Growth Partners (AGP), a network of angel investors looking to provide capital to disruptive tech entrepreneurs in the Miami area. Since its launch just a few months ago in July of 2014, AGP has facilitated investments of over $750,000 into five companies.

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Brian Brackeen – “Facial Recognition?”

Brian Brackeen – “Facial Recognition?”

One of our early customers used our iPad based timeclock to clock staff in and out for work. Some staff, when working offsite at a hotel, would give the hotel’s front desk agent their iPad, $500, and a request to “punch them in” at 9am and then out at 6pm. In effect, this staff was getting paid to do nothing while never leaving the hotel.

I was asked “how can you solve this problem?,” to which I replied “Facial Recognition?”

– –  Brian Brackeen

Brian Brackeen founded Kairos in 2012, here in Miami. It’s evolved from their TimeClock service to providing an advanced facial recognition API for its users’ apps and services. Kairos is now one of the largest facial recognition firms in the world processing over 700,000 faces per month. Brian is one of the pioneers of Miami’s entrepreneurial scene, leading the way for other aspiring CEO’s.

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