The Atlantic's Third Annual "Start-Up City: Miami" Summit on Urban Tech Growth

Featured speakers include Tom Colicchio; Innovators Behind Skype Translator, Lyft, Square, Postmates, Slack, and Coursera

Miami, FL, and Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2015)—From the sharing economy to online education and groundbreaking communications tools, the start-up landscape is booming in South Florida.  On Monday, March 30, The Atlantic's third annual "Start-Up City: Miami" will answer the question "what's next?"—bringing together local and national business leaders to forecast emerging trends and technologies that are shaping start-ups across the globe. The full-day program is presented in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and will be held at the New World Center on Monday, March 30, 2015.

Among the featured speakers and attendees are Tom Colicchio, a five-time James Beard winner, chef and owner of Crafted Hospitality, Top Chef judge and restaurateur with a new venture in Miami Beach; Jim McKelvey, Co-founder of Square and LaunchCode, who is transforming the way people and tech connect; Vikram Dendi with Microsoft Research, whose just-launched Skype Translator is poised to break down communication barriers by giving users the ability to speak with anyone around the world, regardless of language; Veronica Juarez, director of government relations for Lyft, who will address the mobile-first car service’s goals in Miami and across the country; Bastian Lehmann, co-founder and CEO of Postmates, the so-called “anti-Amazon” delivery app; and Bill Macaitis, chief marketing officer of Slack, one of the fastest-growing startups in history.

More confirmed speakers include:

  • John Ciancutti, Chief Product Officer, Coursera
  • Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, CEO, Radical Partners
  • Jon Goiser, Investor and Data Scientist, Third Cohort Capital
  • Hal Gregersen, Director, MIT Sloan Leadership Center; Author, The Innovator's DNA
  • Ricardo Herrero, Executive Director, #CubaNow
  • Natalia Napoleon de Bens, Co-Founder, Lemon City Tea Co.
  • Tracy LaFlamme Ortega, Founder and CEO, PREPWORKS
  • Jason Saltzman, Founder and CEO, AlleyNYC

The program will dive into the stories and trends shaping start-up culture in Miami and around the world, with a focus on the successes and obstacles entrepreneurs face. In interviews and panel sessions, speakers will discuss becoming better leaders, recruiting a dream team, finding the right work space, measuring up against the “big guys,” and carving out a niche in a competitive market.

Editors from The Atlantic and will lead the conversations, they include: urban studies expert Richard Florida, co-founder and editor at large of and senior editor at The Atlantic; Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large of The Atlantic; Derek Thompson, senior editor of The Atlantic; and Mary Louise Kelly, contributing editor to AtlanticLIVE.

More details about the event are at; a list of speakers and full agenda will be released in the coming weeks. Media interested in attending or learning more should contact Anna Bross ( "Start-Up City: Miami" will be live webcast.