The Atlantic to Explore Urban Tech Revolution During Second Annual Start-Up City: Miami

Washington, D.C. (March 19, 2014)—At a critical moment where start-ups are transforming the way Americans live, allowing us to select a playlist that fits our current mood or order groceries at the touch of an app, The Atlantic and The Atlantic Cities present the second annual Start-Up City: Miami, a marquee event on the national urban tech revolution and its impact on South Florida.  Held in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, this year’s event—taking place Monday, March 31—will gather leading entrepreneurs and thinkers, media innovators and tech experts at the New World Center in Miami Beach for a series of conversations on the integral components of a successful start-up, with a specific focus on Miami’s recent entrepreneurial growth.  Keynote speakers will discuss the ideas and strategies that helped launch their businesses to national success. Panels held throughout the day will explore how stakeholders can retain talent, scale new businesses, and leverage ties with Latin America in order to harness Miami’s potential for enhanced start-up success.

Tickets for Start-Up City: Miami are on sale now.

Start-Up City: Miami will bring together some of the most exciting leaders in the start-up space. A full roster of participants will be released in the coming weeks; those confirmed to date include:

  • Sam Altman, Incoming President of Y Combinator

  • Paul Singh, Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the White House Office of Science and Technology and Co-Founder of 500 Startups

  • Laura Maydón, Managing Director of Endeavor Miami

  • Ilan Zechory, Founder of Rap Genius

  • Michael Jones, Chief Technology Advocate and Co-Founder of Google Earth

  • Philip Levine, Mayor of Miami Beach

  • David Porter, Founder and CEO of 8tracks

  • Andres Moreno, CEO and Founder of Open English

  • Josh Linkner, Founder of ePrize, and CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners

  • Manny Medina, Managing Partner of Medina Capital Partners

  • Joanna Schwartz, CEO of EarlyShares

  • Peter Kellner, Co-Founder of Endeavor Global, and Founder and Managing Partner of Richmond Global LLC

  • Brian Brackeen, Founder and CEO of Kairos

  • Melissa Krinzman, Founder and Managing Director of Venture Architects

  • Gonzalo Costa, Co-Founder and Director of NXTP Labs

  • Rebecca White, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Tampa

  • Wifredo Fernandez, Co-Founder and CEO of The LAB Miami

  • Felecia Hatcher, Owner of Feverish Ice Cream

Urban studies expert Richard Florida, Co-Founder and Editor at Large of The Atlantic Cities and Senior Editor of The Atlantic, will lead the day’s discussions. In conjunction with the event, Florida and the Martin Prosperity Institute at The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management will release  a comprehensive research report "Startup City: The Urban Shift in Venture Capital and High Technology" that shows the high-tech startup sector is shifting back to both the urban center and mixed-use, transit-friendly suburbs. Find the full report at on March 31st.

Steve Clemons, Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE and Washington Editor-at-Large of The Atlantic, and Alexis Madrigal, Senior Editor for The Atlantic’s technology channel, will also serve as event moderators.

“This year’s Start-Up City: Miami builds off of the success of The Atlantic’s inaugural event last February, which brought Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and AOL’s Steve Case to the New World stage.  We are thrilled to once again partner with Knight Foundation to bring together the most dynamic national and local voices in the start-up community,” said Emily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director of AtlanticLIVE.

Matt Haggman, Miami Program Director for Knight Foundation, adds, "The second iteration of Start-Up City: Miami will build on the momentum that our city has seen over the last year with new ideas and entrepreneurs emerging, along with a host of channels to unite and connect this community. As we enter this next stage in Miami's growth it's important to leverage the thoughts and voices of local, national and global entrepreneurs that have seen success and can contribute to ours."

Members of the media interested in attending the event or requesting video coverage should email The Atlantic's Alexi New ( For those unable to attend in person, the event will be webcast live online. The conversation can also be followed online via @Atlantic_LIVE, @AtlanticCities, and @KnightFDN, and by using the hashtag #StartUpMiami.

A preliminary schedule, which is subject to change, follows. The full program agenda will be released in the coming days.

Monday, March 31, 2014
9:00 a.m., ET: Guest arrival and registration
9:30 a.m., ET: Program begins
5:00 p.m., ET: Program concludes

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