Mark Laymon’s dream over the last three years has been to open a clubhouse for entrepreneurs -- a place to share ideas, build business relationships and meet with like-minded innovators. Thursday night with the opening of the Caffeine Spaces Co-working Center at the Research Park at FAU, this dream has been realized.
Most people don’t realize how hard Mark has worked to make this happen, said Ryan Teixeira at the opening; Mark was talking “co-working” well before it was the hot buzzword it is now. Laymon and Teixeira are the founders of Newtech Community, a popular and successful tech networking group that has been meeting in the Boca Raton area for years. Laymon also serves on the staff of the Enterprise Development Corp. (EDC) in an economic development role. (Teixeira and Laymon pictured here).
Attending the opening were local innovators such as Nicholas Mohnacky and Chris Callahan from Surfr App, a hot new in-beta ios app for surfers to log surf sessions, Andrew Danciu, co-founder of Trackablebusinesscards.com and many more. Sponsors of the Grand opening included Robin Delisser of Empower Resources and Jeff Brown of honeytreeholdings.com.
Also Meeting at the EDC is the “Group of Groups”
In the technology world there are meet-up groups, peer groups and user groups and now in South Florida, group leaders are forming a “Group of Groups.” Spearheaded by Jay Moskowitz, a South Florida serial entrepreneur, and moderated by Dale Gregory of Cherrystone Management, this Group of Groups meets at the EDC at FAU, developing plans to help facilitate growth and vibrancy in South Florida’s tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
“The goal is to help bring together the leaders and influencers from the major technology groups in South Florida, so that we can build connections throughout the region and strengthen our high tech corridor,” says Moskowitz. “If more group leaders would like to join we would love to have them.” Currently there are leaders of over 32 groups represented.
Last Tuesday night’s meeting included members of the steering committee, including Mark Wyllie, CEO of Flagship Communications Group and executive director of Internet Coast, Linda Gove, executive director of the South Florida Technology Alliance, Michael Gregson of the Life Science Technology Hub, Irene Revelas of Startup Delray, and Laura Whalen of Voispot. Andrej Kostresevic of New Frontier Nomads and Miami Startup Digest joined by teleconference.
Bill Bathurst (pictured here) is the founder of TheReef.biz, an online platform matching innovative high-growth entrepreneurs to private investors, advisors and service & funding providers in order to create thriving and successful entrepreneurial ecosystems. Contact him at Bill@thereef.biz
Editor's addendum: Brian Breslin and Andrej Kostresevic report that this Wednesday for the first time -- in an effort to bridge the geographical divide -- a bus will pick up entrepreneurs at Caffeine Spaces in Boca to drive them to The LAB Miami (with a stop in Hollywood) for the Refresh Miami event on "Hardware Hacking and Robotics." The cost is free, thanks to a generous donation, but register here. Tickets are going fast.