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EP 72 | Matt Haggman of Opportunity Miami

This week on The Miami Tech Pod the hosts chat with Matt Haggman of Beacon Council & Opportunity Miami Topics on Deck: - Matt’s early days at the Miami Herald & Knight Foundation - Building community in Miami for the past 10 ...

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Aug. 7, 2022

EP 72 | Matt Haggman of Opportunity Miami

This week on The Miami Tech Pod the hosts chat with Matt Haggman of Beacon Council & Opportunity Miami Topics on Deck: - Matt’s e…

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Aug. 1, 2022

EP 71 | Can Miami Tech Save The Choco Taco?

This week the hosts chat about recent headlines in Miami and #MIamitech Topics on Deck: - Insider trading rocks the crypto world …

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July 24, 2022

EP 70 | Inside The Creator Economy w/ Trend CEO Ramon Berrios

On this episode the hosts chat with CEO of Trend.io and host of DTC Podcast, Ramon Berrios. Topics on deck: - Raising $3M to buil…

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July 10, 2022

EP 69 | The Future of Influencer Marketing w/Pixlee CEO Kyle Wong

In this episode, Maria, Cesar, and Brian catch up with Pixlee co-founder and CEO Kyle Wong to discuss: Future of influencer marke…

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July 4, 2022

EP 68 | Keith Rabois' Key To Happiness: Miami

On this episode the hosts chat with entrepreneur, investor and contrarian, Keith Rabois of Founders Fund. Topics on deck: - Insig…

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June 26, 2022

EP 67 | Is Miami Officially The Capital Of Capital?

On this episode the hosts chat about what's been going on in the #MiamiTech ecosystem. Topics on deck: - Will shares insight abou…

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About the Hosts

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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).

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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.