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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 about OnChain Studios raising a $23M Series A - Ken Griffin relocating Citadel to Miami - Will the M...

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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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June 18, 2022

EP 66: Building Authentic Community In Local Tech Hubs w/ Jeanine Sua…

On this episode the hosts chat with Jeanine Suah XIR at Brex & Investor at Rezilyent Capital Topics on deck: - Community and its…

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June 13, 2022

EP 65 w/ Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross

On this episode the hosts chat with Miami Hurricane Specialist at Fox Weather Brian Norcross. Topics on deck: - From college DJ a…

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June 5, 2022

EP 64 w/ Geoffrey Woo of Archive.com, Anti Fund & H.V.M.N

On this episode the hosts chat with Geoffrey Woo of Archive.com, Anti Fund & H.V.M.N Topics on deck: - Early days going through @…

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May 29, 2022

EP 63 w/ The SpotX Games Team | From Hack House to Acquihire In 90 Da…

In this episode Will, Brian and Maria Chat with Traci, Chris and David of SpotX Games Topics on Deck: - Niantic Acquisition - Shr…

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May 21, 2022

EP 62 w/ Chris Adamo and Mike Simkins of E11EVEN Crypto

In this episode Maria and Brian chat with Chris Adamo and Mike Simkins from E11EVEN Crypto about 11 Captain's Club NFT, what perk…

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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.