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    Engaged Communities

    Choose Digital CTO: Seek ‘solid team players’

    Aug. 13, 2014, 3:53 p.m., Posted by Carolina Wilson

    Above: Mario Cruz, right, at Startup Grind. Photo: Carolina Wilson.

    Knight Foundation supports Startup Grind Miami, part of a global community, to expand South Florida’s network for entrepreneurs.

    Mario Cruz, co-founder and CTO of Choose Digital, grew up wanting to be a lawyer—until he discovered he hated writing.  Now an entrepreneur and technologist, he shared his startup story Tuesday night at Venture Hive thanks to host Startup Grind Miami.

    Choose Digital, which Cruz founded with CEO Stephen Humphreys in 2011, is a digital marketplace that allows members to redeem points or miles for the latest music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and eBooks.

    The Miami-based company has allowed companies such as SkyMall, Marriott and United Airlines to include digital content as part of their sales and marketing strategies.

    Cruz said that his startup success could be attributed in part to a rule he coined when considering who to have on his team: “No heroes; no zeros.”

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    Arts

    Artistic expression gives Miami students a ‘motivational edge’

    Aug. 13, 2014, 3:43 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Carolina Wilson, Miami-based freelance writer Tarrell Newell, a rising senior at Miami Jackson Senior High School, wants to attend Full Sale University in Winter Park, Fla., to study music management and sound engineering. It’s an aspiration that’s been nurtured by The Motivational Edge, a nonprofit after-school program that uses...

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    Arts

    Civic innovators share ideas on shaping communities in new ‘Knight Cities’ audio series

    Aug. 13, 2014, 12:23 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Carol Coletta, Knight Foundation This week, we launch “Knight Cities,” a new weekly audio interview series that focuses on the people and ideas shaping our cities. Theaster Gates – Chicago-based visual artist, actor, singer, restaurateur, activist, academician and all-around urban transformer – is our first guest. The conversation with...

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