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Ep 50! Co-hosts share favorite moments of 2021, what they're working on in 2022, & more predictions!

In this episode, Maria, Brian, Cesar, & Will discuss: Favorite moments of the Miami Tech Pod in the last 50 episodes. What everyone is working on in 2022. More predictions for the year ahead.

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Jan. 23, 2022

Ep 50! Co-hosts share favorite moments of 2021, what they're working …

In this episode, Maria, Brian, Cesar, & Will discuss: Favorite moments of the Miami Tech Pod in the last 50 episodes. What everyo…

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Jan. 16, 2022

Episode 49: Miami Hack Week 2.0 preview w/Ja'dan Johnson

In this episode, Maria, Cesar, Brian, and Ja'dan discuss: All things Miami Hack Week 2.0 Ja'dan hosting Miami Hack Week salsa nig…

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Jan. 9, 2022

Ep 48 w/ Ryan Rea: #MiamiTech Year in Review, Downtown Real Estate Bo…

In this episode, Maria, Cesar, and Ryan discuss: #MiamiTech Year in Review The Downtown Real Estate Boom Turo Side Hustles & more!

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Dec. 19, 2021

Ep 47: TikTok's new offices, Serena Williams at Emerge, HealthCare.co…

In this episode of the Miami Tech Pod, Cesar, Brian and Will Discuss: - This latest COVID wave with Omicron - TikTok's new Miami …

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Dec. 12, 2021

Ep 46: Art Basel Mania: Art, Tech, NFTs, JPEG Morgan, and more!

In this episode, Maria, Brian, Cesar and Will discuss: Art Basel All the craziness of the Miami Art Week Events Why Miami is perf…

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Nov. 15, 2021

Ep 45 w/ Rebecca Fishman Lipsey CEO and Chairman of The Miami Foundat…

On this episode of the Miami Tech Pod, Rebecca, Brian, Maria and Will Discuss: - Rebecca's background - Her work at Radical Partn…

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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.