startups http://blog.wlrn.org en Miami Beach Tech Hub Responds To Mayor With Invitation http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-beach-tech-hub-responds-mayor-invitation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Miami Beach tech company invited Mayor Philip Levine to their lab for a visit this week in response to comments Levine made at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last month. Levine said he could not see Miami Beach becoming a tech hub.</span></p><p>"It's the dumbest idea in the world," Levine said at the Mayors meeting, according to the Washington Post. "People cling on to things that are not the highest and best use for their city. Miami Beach is never going to be a high tech hub. As much as it sounds great, it's sexy, that's not who we are."</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:47:32 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 28467 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Beach Tech Hub Responds To Mayor With Invitation New Report Says Entrepreneurs Are Attracted To Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-report-says-entrepreneurs-are-attracted-miami <p></p><p>Days after Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine was quoted in the Washington Post saying his city would never become a tech hub, a small-business group released a report that says entrepreneurs are attracted to the Miami area.</p><p><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/tech-ceo-phillip-levine-miami-and-miami-beach-are-one" target="_blank"><strong>RELATED: Tech CEOs Respond To Philip Levine</strong></a></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:45:38 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 27130 at http://blog.wlrn.org New Report Says Entrepreneurs Are Attracted To Miami What Happens When The Pace Of Startups Slows Down http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-happens-when-pace-startups-slows-down Since the financial crisis hit five years ago, there aren't as many Americans starting new businesses. In uncertain economic times, it's harder for entrepreneurs and investors to take the risk.<p>And if you look back over the past 25 years, it turns out the overall trend is toward fewer new businesses getting started, too — and that's not good at all when the country needs more jobs.<p><strong>The Next Google</strong><p>New businesses are really important for the economy. For one thing, they often come up with new technologies and better ways of doing things. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:23:21 +0000 Chris Arnold 22949 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Happens When The Pace Of Startups Slows Down Startups Try To Reroute Food Waste To The Hungry http://blog.wlrn.org/post/startups-try-reroute-food-waste-hungry In an alley in Northeast Washington, D.C., hundreds of pounds of produce are piled haphazardly on pallets. Mexican Fruits, a discount grocer, can't sell the fruit and vegetables inside these boxes because the food has gone soft or is lightly bruised. Some will be donated, but most boxes are destined for a large, green Dumpster nearby.<p>Before it gets tossed, Roger Gordon grabs one box of lightly speckled bananas. Gordon is the co-founder of <a href="http://foodcowboy.com/">Food Cowboy</a>, a startup that's trying to redirect discarded food from Dumpsters to hunger relief groups. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:25:57 +0000 22844 at http://blog.wlrn.org Startups Try To Reroute Food Waste To The Hungry How Miami-Based Sktchy App Turns Everybody Into An Artist http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-miami-based-sktchy-app-turns-everybody-artist <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">What does an app born from the spirit of Miami look like?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It looks like </span>Sktchy<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a start up mobile app motivated by </span><a href="http://sketchymiami.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Sketchy Miami</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a blog and series of parties spotted around town two years ago where the goal was to create a portrait of every person in Miami.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:32:06 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 19165 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Miami-Based Sktchy App Turns Everybody Into An Artist No Rent, No Problem For A New Crop Of Miami Vintage Clothing Shops http://blog.wlrn.org/post/no-rent-no-problem-new-crop-miami-vintage-clothing-shops <p>The rising costs of commercial real estate throughout Miami-Dade County means fewer choices for would-be independent retailers. See, for instance, the full mall-ification of Lincoln Road, and the sweep of new high-end luxury retail through the Design District. Small-business proprietors are even starting to move out of Wynwood’s main drag; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151732153771221&amp;set=a.111847211220.129503.109159021220&amp;type=1&amp;theater" target="_blank">punky street fashion boutique the Kult, to name one, recently closed up shop off NW 2nd Ave. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:54:39 +0000 Arielle Castillo 17096 at http://blog.wlrn.org No Rent, No Problem For A New Crop Of Miami Vintage Clothing Shops Celia-Infused Rum: Distillery Keeps Family Tradition Alive http://blog.wlrn.org/post/celia-infused-rum-distillery-keeps-family-tradition-alive <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Gabriella Watts 16883 at http://blog.wlrn.org Celia-Infused Rum: Distillery Keeps Family Tradition Alive How The University Of Miami Lures Biotech Startups To South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-university-miami-lures-biotech-startups-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; ">Many U.S. cities are competing to bring biotech companies and jobs to their communities, places like Phoenix, Buffalo, Gainesville and of course, Miami.</span></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:49:38 +0000 Karen Rundlet 16579 at http://blog.wlrn.org How The University Of Miami Lures Biotech Startups To South Florida Suburban Coral Springs Museum Looks to Become Hub of Tech Art http://blog.wlrn.org/post/suburban-coral-springs-museum-looks-become-hub-tech-art <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-align: left; ">The suburban Broward County town of Coral Springs has big plans to attract artists. In January 2014 it will open a&nbsp;high-tech workspace for artists and creators to work with a gamut of equipment, including 3D software tools,&nbsp;</span>iPads<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-align: left; ">, and the latest computers.</span></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Andrea Richard 16333 at http://blog.wlrn.org Suburban Coral Springs Museum Looks to Become Hub of Tech Art How Mexico's Tech Startups Are Overcoming Barriers To Growth http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-mexicos-tech-startups-are-overcoming-barriers-growth In the past decade, Mexico's tech industry has flourished, growing three times faster than the global average. Most of that growth has been fueled by demand from the United States. But as Mexico's startups strive to make it in foreign markets, they say they need more engineers and ways to finance their growth.<p><a href="http://www.softtek.com/mexico">Softtek</a>, Mexico's biggest technology services company, spans four continents and provides software support to a client base that includes <em>Fortune</em> 500 companies. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:09:10 +0000 16033 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Mexico's Tech Startups Are Overcoming Barriers To Growth Why This $350 Million Online Language School Moved To Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-350-million-online-language-school-moved-miami <p>When Andrés Moreno, the chief executive officer of Open English gets off the plane in Bogotá, São Paolo, Caracas or pretty much any other major Latin American city, people who recognize him from the company’s TV ads stop to ask for photos and autographs.</p><p>So why, with all this notoriety, did the CEO of a $350 million dollar company that specializes in teaching English online to Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking students move the company’s main office from Latin America to Miami three years ago?</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Nicole Palsuka 15943 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why This $350 Million Online Language School Moved To Miami Miami Startup Helps Book Authors Help Themselves http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-startup-helps-book-authors-help-themselves <p>Miami may have <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/civic-hacking-mining-miami-data-greater-good" target="_blank">an emerging start-up culture</a>&nbsp;but it definitely does not have much of a publishing culture.</p><p><strong>Bookigee</strong></p><p>For <a href="http://www.bookigee.com" target="_blank">Bookigee</a>, a Miami-based startup looking to help authors market their own books, that absence has brought attention to the company. But its founders say there have also been real challenges in reaching the rest of the industry and much-needed capital from South Florida.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:31:59 +0000 Sarah Darville 15766 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Startup Helps Book Authors Help Themselves A Must Read For Mexican Youth, Animal Politico Arrives In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/must-read-mexican-youth-animal-politico-arrives-miami <p>On the second story of the posh Albion Hotel on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach sit the U.S. offices of <a href="http://www.animalpolitico.com/#axzz2Vl79t5Z1">Animal Politico</a>, an online news site dedicated to Mexican politics that is quickly becoming one of the most respected—and hip—news sources in Latin America.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Founded in 2009 as an anonymous Twitter account called </span>“PajaroPolitico<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” or “Political Bird,” Animal Politico has quickly emerged as a must-read news source among Mexican youth.</span></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Linda Kinstler 15690 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Must Read For Mexican Youth, Animal Politico Arrives In Miami Building Miami's Silicon Beach One Startup At A Time http://blog.wlrn.org/post/building-miamis-silicon-beach-one-startup-time <p>As classmates at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Wifredo Fernandez and <a href="http://www.wlrn.org/post/five-reasons-hack-change-wynwood-saturday" target="_blank">Daniel Lafuente</a> were “always cooking up ideas for businesses” that the pair dreamed of launching.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jan Lauren Boyles 15411 at http://blog.wlrn.org Building Miami's Silicon Beach One Startup At A Time Google Fellows, WLRN To Profile Miami Tech Startups http://blog.wlrn.org/post/google-fellows-wlrn-profile-miami-tech-startups <p style="margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.53; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">When Google takes an interest in journalism education, we are happy to help.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Marie Gilot 15568 at http://blog.wlrn.org Google Fellows, WLRN To Profile Miami Tech Startups