Susan Amat: Building great entrepreneurs — lessons from around the globe

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Author: Susan Amat
Publisher: Miami Herald
Date: September 15, 2013

Miami has come a long way in the last year. Since January, we have received international press and attention as a growing scene with a lot of promise. Open English, CareCloud, and .CO are proving that tech startups can thrive in South Florida, and Gui.de and many others have kept us on the radar.

I have had the pleasure of traveling to dozens of other nascent ecosystems as part of my regular activities, promoting Miami, our startups and recruiting new talent. Logging over 100,000 miles over the last six months has been challenging. I want to be home with my family (both those with whom I share a house and the companies that live in Venture Hive), but the chance to promote Miami-Dade County and connect our community to opportunities around the world can’t wait. When Mayor Gimenez committed the funds to offer grants to 40 startups to attract and retain new technologists and entrepreneurs, I vowed to myself that I would do whatever I could to mitigate the risk of his investment. My in-kind contribution has been in making linkages, hosting visitors who are considering moving their companies to the U.S., and letting the world know that our Magic City is the ideal place for starting and growing a business and a family.

The trips have resulted in a few insights for entrepreneurs that may seem obvious but sometimes it is nice to have a friendly reminder of the simple things. Read more here.

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