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EP 61 w/ Founder of Doodles Jordan Castro on Building Brands on the Blockchain

In this episode Will and Jordan sit down for a live fireside chat at Emerge Americas during Miami Tech Week. Topics on deck: - Founding Doodles - building a community in Web3 - Going from an NFT PFP project to a full on brand...

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May 16, 2022

EP 61 w/ Founder of Doodles Jordan Castro on Building Brands on the B…

In this episode Will and Jordan sit down for a live fireside chat at Emerge Americas during Miami Tech Week. Topics on deck: - Fo…

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April 30, 2022

Ep 60: Miami Tech Week recap + interviews w/Blockchain.com CEO Peter …

In this episode, Maria, Cesar, Brian, Will recap Miami Tech Week and discuss: Best panels/speeches during Miami Tech Week Best Mi…

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April 18, 2022

Ep 59 w/Sneak peak at React Miami & work-life balance in engineering …

In this episode, Cesar, Brian, Maria, & Michelle Bakels (co-organizer of React Miami and Program Director of Developer Health at …

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April 10, 2022

Ep 58: Inside Miami NFT Week w/Erik LaPaglia, Gianni Dalerta, & Ted L…

In this episode, Maria, Brian, & Will chat with Erik LaPaglia, Gianni Dalerta, & Ted Lucas about: - A full recap of @miaminftweek…

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March 20, 2022

Ep 57 w/Michelle Abbs on Tuttle Tribe NFTs & inclusion in Web3!

In this episode, Maria, Will, Brian & Cesar are joined by Michelle Abbs, founder of Web3Equity, discuss: Tuttle Tribe NFTs Behind…

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March 12, 2022

Ep 56 w/8 Sleep Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer Alexandra Zata…

In this episode, Brian, Maria, and 8 Sleep co-founder & CMO Alexandra Zatarain discuss: Building a sleep fitness company in Miam…

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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.