Hundreds of entrepreneurs and start-up enthusiasts gathered Monday for Start-Up City: Miami. The Atlantic magazine organized the conference to promote South Florida’s potential as a great place to start a tech company.
But a Silicon Valley investor whose company funded DropBox and Reddit says Miami has a long way to go. Listen to Y Combinator's incoming president Sam Altman on his impression of Miami as a start-up city.*
Felecia Hatcher is co-founder and “chief popsicle” of Feverish Pops, a gourmet popsicle company based in Miami. Hatcher says she is “obsessed with desserts” and, as proof of that passion, she points out that she was married at a donut shop in Portland, Oregon.
Hatcher began the popsicle company after getting fired from her marketing job with Nintendo.
Arrests in New York and Florida in late January indicate the global virtual currency Bitcoin has the attention of federal prosecutors: A top executive with a Bitcoin trade organization was one of those charged. The second man arrested was Robert Faiella, at his home in Cape Coral.
Faiella was charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and operating an unlicensed money exchange business. They are accused of helping push money through the online drug marketplace Silk Road.
In Sunset Harbor Antonio Maldonado and Jessica Londono-Sammet are aboard one of the vessels their company, The Advantaged Yacht Charters and Sales, rents out. The business recently began accepting Bitcoin.
Bitcoin may not sound revolutionary but to its supporters and users the digital global currency could be the future of payment. To regulators, it's a curiosity they're viewing with concern. And for a growing number of individuals and companies in South Florida, it's an opportunity to experiment.
On The Florida Roundup: six gay couples in South Florida sue over the state's constitutional provision, passed by referendum in 2008, limiting marriage to a man and woman.
We then look at the American Dream for another national minority group: Latino-Americans. Two new polls examine the outlook and views of Latinos.
And Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine causes a furor with his comment that trying to make his city a high-tech hub is "the dumbest idea in the world." The mayor will join us to explain why he's standing by that assessment.