Miami Tech Scene heating up

Miami’s tech scene is heating up and we’re so happy to be a part of it.  Just in the past few weeks there have been multiple great events held and in early May there is the big eMerge Americas conference.  Here’s a list of what’s happening in Miami-Dade County.

eMerge Americas Conference

A group of successful community leaders have a vision to bring a huge, yearly tech conference to Miami to promote our community as a tech hub for the Americas (read: Latin America).  Here is a recent article in the Miami Herald about the event and the list of speakers.  This is the 1st annual but I can see it growing every year and being “the event” of the year for Miami Tech in coming years.  Heck, even Pitbull is promoting the event!

Refresh Miami

This group has been an awesome success story for the Miami “startup” community.  Brian Breslin and his team deserve a ton of credit for the relentless pursuit of organizing and leading the young, hip tech scene in Miami.  Just this past weekend they had a sellout crowd listening to Reddit CoFounder speak.  They have monthly meetups that have nearly 300-400 people in attendance.

University of Miami | Florida International University | Miami Dade College

These three Universities have done a great job of promoting their students to business leaders.  Recently, I was on a panel at University of Miami discussing the tech scene to over 50 students and I know companies like CareCloud (a big venture backed success story in Miami) have set up feeder internship programs from these schools as well.  One goal of the community is to keep young talent local and it takes the great leadership of the universities to get out in the community to promote their students.

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (GMCC)

The chamber is a more traditional organization but it has done a great job of injecting itself in the tech scene over the past few years.  My father, who now is the Chairman of the GMCC really sparked the Technology Committee 5 years ago to get truly involved in the budding tech culture of Miami.  Recently, I attended an event at Venture Hive Miami which is an accelerator focused on helping entrepreneurs launch their businesses.  It was an awesome event for the Chamber to host and I know in a few months they have their annual Tech Awards luncheon which usually gets 500-700 people in attendance.

The Miami Herald has a great journalist covering Tech

Nancy Dahlberg is everywhere covering everything.  She focuses not just on tech entrepreneurship but any new companies.  We, as a community, wouldn’t be generating the buzz we are if Nancy wasn’t covering it as well as she does.  

Thanks to everyone!

As we posted last week, we recently built a brand new software development team out of Miami (replacing our San Francisco team).  We were able to do so because of the improvement in the tech community and I’m grateful to everyone I mentioned above for their hard work.  It has certainly inspired me to get more involved and I plan to do so in 2014.  

This is a great time to be in Miami with the cultural transformation that is happening, not to mention the gorgeous weather and great cost of living.  If you’re interested in learning more about the tech scene, I would encourage you to get involved with all the groups above.  See you at a few events this year!