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5 Things to know about Miami's Tech Scene


5 things to know about the Miami Tech Scene

As I engage the annual eMerge Americas, I begin to consider the tech scene that Miami seems to be

building one little brick at a time. As the co-founder and chief creative officer of a tech media organization

(with web tv shows and digital content, social media and other tech elements) I have found five obvious

elements that prove Miami has a tech scene.


1. Miami really does have a tech scene. and its growing. That's something to know because

when we think of Miami we think of South Beach, Brickell Avenue and the nightlife along with the parties,

but we don't think of a tech scene. That's usually something we think about when we consider the Silicon

Valley, Seattle, or Austin to name a few.


2. Miami has a growing list of technology advocates. Of course we consider ourselves

technology advocates or we wouldn't be producing this show and blogs and all that stuff. The Tech Zone

is only a media outlet that includes what Miami is doing in tech. But there are lots of organizations and

individuals doing things to develop, deepen, and expand Miami's technology impact, and thus integral

parts of Miami’s tech scene. They are innovators, entrepreneurs, organizations that are not for profit, and

institutions including colleges and universities. We figure people like us are here to broadcast and

promote all these elements and hopefully help in the building of synergy.


3. Miami's tech scene is quite diverse. Many of our technology aficionados are from Latin America

and the Caribbean. In fact the Latin American influence covers every aspect of Manulife but the texting

goes far beyond that. In the black community there are advocates and trendsetters who are at the cutting

edge of developing and deepening a technology scene. These individuals have worked hard with the

support of organizations locally and nationally to get out of the box and provide an inclusive environment

that welcomes minorities and people of color into the tech scene. It's still a work in progress.

4. Miami’s tech scene is still in the infant stage. Until large amounts of investment dollars come

into the technology companies that build their businesses in Miami, the growth of the Miami tech scene

will be slow and hopefully steady. The Silicon Valley and Seattle are mature tech cities that grow with

innovation and start-up capital. What we have learned about those cities is that when a few breakout

companies hit it big and turn around and invest in other local firms, over and over, that’s when synergy

begins to occur. Amazon, Google and Yahoo have proven this to be true – they are responsible for so

many other firms that have evolve. I don't believe that Miami will ever be the Silicon Valley but it certainly

has its own unique flavor style diversity and opportunities with its geography to gain its own unique



 In order for this technology

community to make its mark on the world, those at the leading edge of it which include the Knight

Foundation, eMerge Americas, and other institutions of higher learning investors, and people who helped

incubate businesses are going to have to be patient and aggressive at the same time. That has to be a

level of competition of course, but there also has to be a higher level of collaboration and a strong sense

of marketing and promotions to not only attract talent but to build businesses and services.


By Tony C. Lesesne

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