Start-Up City: Miami returns with focus on South Florida’s ecosystem

 

ndahlberg@miamiherald.com

Back for a second year, Start-Up City: Miami, presented by The Atlantic and The Atlantic Cities, will explore 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 all-day event on Monday, March 31 at the New World Symphony Center will gather leading entrepreneurs and thinkers for a series of conversations on what makes a successful startup — from the importance of scaling and funding, to the best places to incubate talent, to Miami as a hub for the Latin American startup ecosystem. More information and tickets, which cost $75: events.theatlantic.com here.

Start-Up City: Miami's speaker lineup includes Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator; Peter Kellner, co-founder of Endeavor Global; Ilan Zechory, founder of Rap Genius; Michael Jones, chief technology advocate and co-founder of Google Earth;  Paul Singh, co-founder of 500 Startups; David Porter, founder and CEO of 8tracks; Mauri:e Ferré, co-founder and former CEO of Mako Surgical; Joanna Schwartz, CEO of EarlyShares, and others.

Start-Up City will provide a marker on how things have gone since the last one, and  the changes have been dramatic, said Knight’s Miami Program Director Matt Haggman, mentioning Endeavor’s launch, co-working spaces and incubators flourishing, and some remarkable exits, like Mako Surgical’s $1.65 billion exit last year and just last week .CO Internet’s $109 million exit. "This gathering will give us a chance to take stock and assess – and then look forward," he said.

Like last year’s event, 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. At the event, Florida and the Martin Prosperity Institute at The University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management will release a report titled "Startup City: The Urban Shift in Venture Capital and High Technology."

Read a Q&A with Florida, author of Rise of the Creative Class, about plans for Start-Up City and his views on Miami’s tech hub movement on the Starting Gate blog here.

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