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Start-Up City: Miami

March 30, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

| $99

With start-up culture and investment permeating Miami, The Atlantic presents Start-Up City: Miami, an annual gathering of ideas and inventors shaping the local—and global—start-up scene. Building on the energy of the previous two years, the event will feature the people and companies at the heart of Miami’s start-up revolution who also serve as models for the growing brand of entrepreneurship and innovation in cities around the world.

Joining us as speakers are the people behind such influential companies as Skype Translator, Lyft, Postmates, Slack and Coursera, who will share perspectives on innovations in communication tools, online education, the sharing economy and more.

Join The Atlantic and CityLab for our annual trip down the coast to Start-Up City: Miami, where we will highlight South Florida’s high-growth (and high-profit) innovation while exploring the emerging models of entrepreneurship taking root in cities around the U.S. As a beachside business gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, Miami is a cosmopolitan city with high ambitions in rocketing emerging markets. And those ambitions are charged by changes at home, where tech is transforming traditional industries and talent increasingly clusters in cities reinventing their brands. With Miami’s high-profile growth as our backdrop, we’ll ask: how can cities maximize their homegrown strengths and small business values, while attracting the outside resources to compete with their bigger peers?

Interactive sessions will match local speakers with urban leaders from the national stage for real-time idea sharing in areas like:

  • Finding the tools to scale
  • Attracting and retaining talent
  • Building creative communities
  • Negotiating investment opportunities

Now in its third year, Start-Up City: Miami has established itself as more than a daylong program. It is a much-anticipated convening that fosters new and unexpected partnerships within the startup community, offers entrepreneurs how-tos for new venture growth and provides an opportunity to step back and assess this growing and vibrant community.

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

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 bySteve 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

11:33 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

11:58 a.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 byDerek 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 byDerek Thompson

1:43 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 bySteve Clemons

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

  • Veronica Juarez, Director of Government Relations, Lyft
  • Interviewed byRichard 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 byJason Saltzman, Founder and CEO, AlleyNYC

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

2:57 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 byRichard Florida

3:30 p.m. Creating a Billion-Dollar Brand

  • Bill Macaitis, Chief Marketing Officer, Slack
  • Interviewed byDerek Thompson

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

  • Tom Colicchio, Chef and Owner, Crafted Hospitality
  • Interviewed byRichard Florida

4:25 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:27 p.m. Special Guests out of Overtown

4:35 p.m. Program Concludes

4:35 p.m. Reception

6:00 p.m. Event Concludes


March 30, 2015
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Atlantic Live


New World Center
500 17th Street
Miami, FL 33139 United States
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