The Atlantic's Start-Up City Brings Tech Stars to Miami to Inspire the Entrepreneur in You

The Atlantic's Start-Up City Brings Tech Stars to Miami to Inspire the Entrepreneur in You

Do you dream of start-up success? Do you want to rake in so much venture capital that you become completely out of touch with the average American, buy your high school crush's affection, and build a castle in Silicon Valley?

You can live your wildest tech fantasies at The Atlantic's Start-Up City, a blowout designed to maximize the entrepreneurial escapades of South Florida techies. Forget Northern Cali -- Miami could be the next big thing.

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Tons of successful speakers will be on hand to inspire the entrepreneur in everyone. Gifting the masses with their start-up savvy will be Y Combinator president Sam Altman, 8tracks founder David Porter, Endeavor Miami's Laura Maydón, and plenty of other heavyweights. Expect a day-long geek-fest including panel discussions, headline interviews, and keynote case studies from innovators, experts, and people who know a lot more than you do. Check out the full agenda below.

8:45 a.m.: Guest arrival and registration

9:10 a.m.: Welcome remarks

9:30 a.m.: Headline Interview

Michael Jones, Co-Creator of Google Earth and Chief Technology Advocate for Google

9:50 a.m.: Start-Up Cities: Miami's Entrepreneurs Succeeding in Lifestyle and Other Businesses


Roger Duarte, Co-Founder of My Ceviche

John Hall, Executive Director of Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Miami Dade College

Joel Pollock, Co-Founder of Panther Coffee

Leticia Pollock, Co-Founder of Panther Coffee

10:25 a.m.: Interview

Colin Raney, Managing Director of IDEO

10:50 a.m.: Case Study: Learner Nation


Michael McCord, Co-Founder of Learner Nation

Michael Laas, Co-Founder of Learner Nation

11:00 a.m.: Headline Interview

Josh Linkner, Founder of ePrize and CEO of Detroit Rock Ventures

11:30 a.m.: Headline Interview

Ilan Zechory, Co-Founder of Rap Genius

12:00 p.m.: Interview

Felecia Hatcher, Founder of Code Fever

12:15 p.m.: Lunch

1:00 p.m.: Headline Interview

Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator

1:30 p.m.: Headline Interview

Philip Levine, Mayor of Miami Beach

1:50 p.m.: Urban Case Studies: How the Best Places Incubate Talent


Demian Bellumio, Chief Operating Officer of Senzari

Brian Brackeen, Founder and CEO of Kairos

Wifredo Fernandez, Co-founder and CEO of The LAB Miami

Maurice Ferré, Founder and CEO of MAKO Surgical

2:30 p.m.: Headline Interview

Paul Singh, Founder of Disruption Corporation and Crystal Tech Fund and Co-Founder of 500 Startups

2:55 p.m.: Designing for Growth and Scaling to Success


Sean Ammirati, Partner at Birchmere Ventures

Laura Maydón, Managing Director of Endeavor Miami

Steve Repetti, Co-Founder of CrunchFire Ventures

Alex Robbio, Co-Founder of Belatrix Software

3:30 p.m.: Miami as a Hub for the Latin American Start-up Ecosystem


Gonzalo Costa, Co-Founder and Director of NXTP Labs

Gonzalo Martin-Villa, CEO of WAYRA

Manny Medina, Founder of Terremark and Technology Foundation of the Americas

Andres Moreno, Founder and CEO of Open English

4:05 p.m.: Funding the Dream


Juan Pablo Cappello, Co-Founder of

Peter Kellner, Co-Founder of Endeavor Global and Founder and Managing Partner of Richmond Global LLC

Melissa Krinzman, Co-Founder and Partner of Krillion Ventures and Founder and Managing Director of Venture Architects

Joanna Schwartz, CEO of EarlyShares

4:35 p.m.: Closing Keynote Interview

David Porter, Founder and CEO of 8tracks

5:00 p.m.: Program concludes

This is the time to maximize those budding opportunities and find yourself an angel investor, stat. That custom-built, diamond-accented matte-black Maserati ain't gonna buy itself.

Start-Up City comes Monday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $75 via Visit or email

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