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Video: Claps for Mr. Yap

People say Mr. Yap is crazy. But ask him, and he’ll tell you he’s just “crazy happy.” George Yap migrated from Jamaica to Miami in 1976 with $50 in his pocket. With the help of family and friends, he founded Leasa Industries in 1977 inside a dilapidated warehouse in Liberty City. Today, his company is […]

/ February 13, 2019


Video: Meet Overtown’s RBG, Ms. Jackie Bell

At 81, Jackie Bell is far from retirement. She may not have a computer or a smartphone, but what she lacks in technology, she makes up for in resilience. She remembers the Overtown she grew up in, before the construction of I-95 drove businesses out of the community. “You didn’t know you were segregated,” she […]

/ January 10, 2019


Video: History meets hospitality at the Copper Door B&B

Chefs Jamila Ross and Akino West recently converted an abandoned 1940s motel in historic Overtown into a vintage-styled bed-and-breakfast concept that’s equal parts love and hospitality. The Copper Door B&B features 22 rooms, three private suites, and a banquet table where travelers can share stories over a homemade breakfast prepared by the couple. Sure, you’ve […]

/ January 3, 2019


Matt Haggman on five years building a startup scene

We gave the former Knight Miami Director an “exit interview” on where Miami stands five years after he launched his quest to turn Miami into a tech hub.

/ November 5, 2017


Female tech leaders: Gender equality is a long way off for Miami’s tech scene

But with women in leadership positions at many of the top tech players, we’ve got a real shot at being better than the rest.

/ August 13, 2017


The five most promising startups in Broward

Entrepreneurial ecosystems don’t have strict geographic boundaries. That’s why we’re highlighting Broward County startups we think show promise and are contributing to Miami.

/ July 14, 2017


Brian Brackeen: The truth about ‘the truth about Miami’s startup status’

Brian Brackeen is the founder of Kairos, one of Miami’s most celebrated startups. And he calls BS on claims that we struggle to scale.

/ June 26, 2017


The five most promising Miami startups we met at eMerge

We met many startups at eMerge Americas 2017, but five stood out for the promise of their products and the momentum they’re showing.

/ June 15, 2017


Forget unicorns. TheVentureCity wants ‘iguanacorns’

TheVentureCity, Miami’s newest accelerator and incubator, will offer vetted startups an entire ecosystem of services, from engineering and product development to legal and financial help.

/ June 13, 2017


Wynwood Yard is a lowkey startup and culture incubator

Wynwood Yard has gone from a barren plot of land to a thriving cultural center and startup incubator in just 1.5 years, despite a Zika scare that threatened it all.

/ May 31, 2017