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Episode 18: Event Recaps, More #MiamiTechWeek Stuff, Doge Coin/Croqueta Coin, and more!

On this episode of the pod, Cesar, Maria, Brian, and Will discuss: - A recap of recent events - More #MiamiTechWeek stuff - Doge goes nuts - and more!

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May 9, 2021

Episode 18: Event Recaps, More #MiamiTechWeek Stuff, Doge Coin/Croque…

On this episode of the pod, Cesar, Maria, Brian, and Will discuss: - A recap of recent events - More #MiamiTechWeek stuff - Doge …

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May 3, 2021

Episode 17: Jack Abraham from Atomic: what brought him to Miami, Open…

In this episode, Cesar, Maria, Will, Brian and Jack discuss: #MiamiTechWeek What brought Jack to Miami More on OpenStore More abo…

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April 26, 2021

Episode 16: Michael Sayman joins the pod, Reef technology makes waves…

On this episode of the pod, Maria, Cesar, Brian and Michael discuss: Reef Technology wins support from local goverment Michael's …

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April 19, 2021

Episode 15: Miami opening back up, Papa raises fresh funding, Compani…

In this episode Maria, Cesar, and Will discuss: Miami opening back up post-pandemic Papa raising $60M in funding from Tiger Globa…

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April 12, 2021

Episode 14: Francis Suarez joins the Pod, SoftBank Miami News, and Mo…

With special guest Mayor Francis Suarez! On this episode, Mayor Suarez, Maria, Cesar, Brian and Will discuss: What's next for Mia…

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April 5, 2021

Episode 13: Building and Scaling Kiddie Kredit in Miami, Black Men Ta…

With special guest co-host Evan Leaphart from Kiddie Kredit! In this episode, Evan, Maria, Brian, and Cesar discuss: Evan's backg…

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About the Hosts

Cesar Fernandez


Cesar was born and raised in Miami. He is a government affairs and communications consultant for tech companies at Converge Government Affairs. His clients include some of the world’s most innovative tech companies such as Zillow, REEF, Nuro, Revel, EA, Lilium, Vivid Seats, etc.
Prior to joining Converge, Cesar managed Uber’s government affairs work before state and local government in Florida for three years and was instrumental in the passage of statewide ridesharing regulations. His advocacy at Uber also extended to autonomous vehicle legislation, negotiating a multi-million dollar settlement with Miami-Dade County, and leading strategy for contract negotiations with a half-dozen Florida airports. Shortly after, Cesar transitioned to a role on Uber’s Public Policy team for Central America and the Caribbean, where he represented the company’s interest before the national governments of seven countries.

Will Weinraub


Maria Derchi


Maria Derchi Russo is the Executive Director of Refresh Miami, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and growing South Florida's tech and startup community. She is also the founder of Women in Miami Tech (WIMT), a group dedicated to supporting and advancing women in technology in South Florida.

Before joining Refresh, Maria spent the first ten years of her career running marketing programs for startups including Travelzoo and ParkJockey (now REEF Technology).

Brian Breslin


Native Miamian, Founder of Refresh Miami, Director of The Launch Pad at the University of Miami.
Brian is the Director of The Launch Pad at the University of Miami. At The Launch Pad, Brian teaches, mentors, and supports the university’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Brian has been supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Miami since 2004.