As winter turns to spring, South Florida’s startup scene has seemed to capture the attention of the national and international media more than usual. Here are a few of the recent stories.
Rokk3r Labs celebrated its first anniversary last week, and it also was the subject of a splash in Entrepreneur, which called it a hybrid investor-accelerator. In just a year, the article said the Miami Beach-based Rokk3r Labs has $1.5 million in sales, a Colombian subsidiary, a $20 million investment portfolio, 25 employees and expansion plans for Brazil, Africa and Europe. Read the Entrepreneur story here.
Kimetric, an Argentine company that recently relocated to South Florida and is part of the Launch Pad Tech accelerator at Venture Hive, was featured in a Wall Street Journal story. Kimetric, which also recently presented at SuperConf, helps retailers increase their sales by tracking and analyzing in-store customer behavior with an innovative application of Microsoft Kinect technology. Read
the WSJ story here.
The LAB Miami was featured in a Forbes blog post titled The LAB Miami: Turning South Florida into the Next Startup Hub, which describes the 10,000 square foot Wynwood space as both a co-working space and a community for connecting and learning with classes, workshops and on-site mentors and investors.
Miami was listed as one of six cities that would be great places to launch a business on The Street, which interviews The Knight Foundation’s Matt Haggman about the area’s recent momentum. Read
it here. South Florida and The LAB Miami also shined brightly in the Atlantic’s earlier coverage when it presented Start-up City: Miami last month and its post-event video here.
This list is far from comprehensive and I’m sure I missed some. TechCrunch and The Next Web have also featured a number of Miami startups recently, and Andrej Kostresevic’s Startup Digest this morning reminded me of the recent video interviews of Juan Diego Calle of .CO and Freddie Laker of Gui.de for Tech Cocktail’s SXSW video series. But the point is the national media spotlight is providing more opportunities for outsiders looking in to read about and learn about the tech community.