LUMINARY PROFILES

Bob Fitts – Producer of SUP-X and President of GCVCA

Bob Fitts – Producer of SUP-X and President of GCVCA

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.

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Mariana Rego – Design Thinking – Through experimentation you can achieve best results

Mariana Rego – Design Thinking – Through experimentation you can achieve best results

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.

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Alejandro Carrasco – Music by the people, for the people.

Alejandro Carrasco – Music by the people, for the people.

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.

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Ariel Quinones – Ironhack – Bootcamp for Today’s Technology Needs

Ariel Quinones – Ironhack – Bootcamp for Today’s Technology Needs

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.

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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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Travis Montaque – “Every day is an 11”

Travis Montaque – “Every day is an 11”

“I’ve always been a person who liked to do something that makes a measurable difference and is of lasting importance. Anything that I’m doing that’s not getting me that kind of high doesn’t resonate with me.”

– –  Travis Montaque

“No matter what happens, every day is an 11,” says Travis Montaque of his experience launching Splyst(pronounced like ‘spliced’), a socialesque platform that allows users to share and receive personalized, relevant information.

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Adrian Alvarez – “Verification for accredited investors”

Adrian Alvarez – “Verification for accredited investors”

As soon as somebody says ‘there’s a problem,’ a little bell should go off in your head and say ‘opportunity!’ And that’s what happened. We saw an opportunity in verification for accredited investors, and so we created Accredify.

– –  Adrian Alvarez

Herwig Konings, Adrian Alvarez, and Will Silverman founded Accredify, an investor verification service in March of 2014.

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