Start-Up City: Miami

March 30, 2015

Hosted in Partnership With

Knight Foundation

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The Atlantic and CityLab completed our annual trip to Miami, where we highlighted South Florida’s high-growth (and high-profit) innovation while exploring the emerging models of entrepreneurship taking root in cities around the U.S. Across a day-long program, we asked: how can cities maximize their homegrown strengths and small business values, while attracting the outside resources to compete with their bigger peers?

New World Center
500 17th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Presented by

Atlantic Live



9:00 a.m. Guest Arrival and Registration

    9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

    • Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
    • Matt Haggman, Program Director, Knight Foundation Miami

    9:40 a.m. You Had Me at Hola: Unveiling Skype Translator

    • Vikram Dendi, Strategy Director & Technical Advisor, Microsoft Research
    • Interviewed by:Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, AtlanticLIVE

    10:05 a.m. IDEAS OUT LOUD / How to Build a Better Business in Four Minutes a Day

    • Hal Gregersen, Executive Director of the Sloan Leadership Center, MIT

    10:30 a.m. Hiring Up to Beat the Big Guys

    • John Ciancutti, Chief Product Officer, Coursera
    • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

    10:55 a.m. Introduction to Feeding Ideas; MIAMI SOUP: Microgrant Finalist No. 1

      11:00 a.m. How We Learn Today: Miami in the Classroom

      • Juha Mikkola, Co-Founder, Wyncode
      • Kiesha Moodie, Miami Managing Director of Alumni and Community Impact, Teach For America
      • Tracy LaFlamme Ortega, Founder and CEO, PREPWORKS
      • Jamie Rosenberg, Founder and CEO, ClassWallet
      • Moderated by: Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

      11:35 a.m. As Cuba Thaws, Will Entrepreneurship Heat Up?

      • Ric Herrero, Executive Director, #CubaNow
      • Natalia Martinez, Founder, The Awesome Foundation MIAMI / Regional Manager, EveryoneON
      • Moderated by: Mary Louise Kelly

      12:00 p.m. Lunch

        12:50 p.m. Remarks

        • Richard Florida, Editor at Large, CityLab

        12:55 p.m. It Takes Two: Partner Up To Start Up

        • Jim McKelvey, Co-Founder, Square and LaunchCode
        • Interviewed by: Derek Thompson

        1:10 p.m. Recruiting the Dream Team

        • Leandro Finol, Executive Director of The Idea Center, Miami Dade College
        • Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, CEO, Radical Partners; Member, State Board of Education
        • Natalia Napoleon de Bens, Co-Founder, Lemon City Tea Co.
        • Jim McKelvey
        • Moderated by: Derek Thompson

        1:40 p.m. MIAMI SOUP: Microgrant Finalist No. 2

        1:45 p.m. Delivering on Demand: How to Carve a Niche in a Competitive Market

        • Bastian Lehman, Co-Founder and CEO, Postmates
        • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons

        2:10 p.m. A Rocky Road: What’s Next for Lyft and Miami

        • Veronica Juarez, Director of Government Relations, Lyft
        • Interviewed by: Richard Florida

        2:30 p.m. Does Where You Work Change How You Work? A Tale of Three Cities

        • Pandwe Gibson, Executive Director, EcoTech Visions
        • Bill Jacobson, Co-Founder and CEO, Workbar
        • Tamara Wendt, Managing Director, The LAB Miami
        • Moderated by: Jason Saltzman, Founder and CEO, AlleyNYC

        2:55 p.m. MIAMI SOUP: Microgrant Finalist No. 3

          3:00 p.m. Changing Course: Mapping Entrepreneurship’s New Epicenters

          • Shaun Abrahamson, Co-Founder and CEO, Urban.Us
          • Nico Berardi, Managing Director, AGP Miami
          • Jon Gosier, Inventor and General Partner, Third Cohort Capital
          • Bedy Yang, Managing Partner for Brazil and Latin America, 500 Startups
          • Moderated by: Richard Florida

          3:30 p.m. IDEAS OUT LOUD / Why I Moved To Miami

          • David Koretz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Plum

          3:55 p.m. How are New Restaurants like Start-Ups? The Craft of Entrepreneurship

          • Tom Colicchio, Chef and Owner, Crafted Hospitality
          • Interviewed by: Richard Florida

          4:25 p.m. Closing Remarks

            4:30 p.m. Special Guests out of Overtown

              4:35 p.m. Reception

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