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Episode 40 w/ Alex Nucci from Blanket AI - his background, building and optimizing sales, and more!

In this episode of the Miami Tech Pod, Alex, Maria, Brian and Cesar discuss; - Alex's background and career - Building and optimizing sales at Blanket - Q3 Fundraising News - Magic Leap raising funding - & more!!

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Oct. 17, 2021

Episode 40 w/ Alex Nucci from Blanket AI - his background, building a…

In this episode of the Miami Tech Pod, Alex, Maria, Brian and Cesar discuss; - Alex's background and career - Building and optimi…

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Oct. 9, 2021

Episode 39 w/ David Goldberg: all about Alpaca VC, NFT mania, his tho…

On this episode, David, Maria, Cesar and Will discuss: - David's background - Alpaca VC - The recent NFT market and craziness - H…

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Oct. 3, 2021

Episode 38 w/ Saif Ishoof VP of Engagement at FIU and Venture Miami: …

On this episode of The Miami Tech Pod, Saif, Will, Maria, and Brian discuss: - Saif's background - How we got involved with Ventu…

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Sept. 26, 2021

Episode 37 w/ Amanda Geotz from House of Wise: building a CBD company…

On this episode of The #MiamiTech Pod, Amanda, Maria, Brian and Will discuss: Amanda's journey and what led her to create House o…

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Sept. 18, 2021

Episode 36 w/ Gianni Dalerta - How he got into crypto, his current NF…

In this episode, Gianni, Brian, Maria, Cesar, and Will Discuss: - The latest news in #MiamiTech - Gianni's background - How he go…

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Sept. 12, 2021

Episode 35 w/ Michael and Helen from SwagUp: Moving to Miami, Learnin…

In this episode of the MiamiTech Pod, Michael, Helen, Brian, and Cesar talk about: - Moving SwagUp to Miami - Learning how to boo…

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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.