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Episode 9: NearPod gets acquired, Knight Foundation funds education, NFT craziness, & More!

Featuring special guest co-host Emiliano (Emi) Abramzon! On this episode of the pod Emi, Maria, Cesar, Brian and Will

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March 1, 2021

Episode 9: NearPod gets acquired, Knight Foundation funds education, …

Featuring special guest co-host Emiliano (Emi) Abramzon! On this episode of the pod Emi, Maria, Cesar, Brian and Will

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Feb. 22, 2021

Episode 8: Lucy Lopez joins the pod, Miami Billboards in SF, and more!

Special guest Lucy Lopez joins the pod! Lucy is the host of Power96's morning show and a staple in South Florida media. Lucy rece…

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Feb. 15, 2021

Episode 7: Fundraising news, Chamath backs Suarez, Melissa Krinzman's…

On this episode of the pod, Maria, Cesar, Brian, and Will discuss:

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Feb. 8, 2021

Episode 6: The Eight Sleep Suite, Local Startup Spotlights, Jeff Bezo…

On this episode of the pod, Maria, Cesar, Brian and Will discuss:

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Feb. 1, 2021

Episode 5: Wyncode Acquired by BrainStation, Coding Bootcamp's Role i…

This week's special guest co-host: Johanna and Juha Mikkola from Wyncode! Topics discussed:

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Jan. 25, 2021

Episode 4: Building Blockchain in Miami, Citrix Acquires Wrike, Ironh…

This week's special guest co-host: Auston Bunsen from Quiknode. In this week's episode, Cesar, Brian, Maria, and Auston discuss:

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About the Hosts

Cesar Fernandez

Host

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

Co-Host

Maria Derchi

Co-Host

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

Co-Host

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.