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    Angel Education Series to help guide Miami’s early-stage investors

    Jan. 26, 2015, 4 p.m., Posted by Nico Berardi


    Photo of downtown Miami by Michael Bolden. 

    Nico Berardi is managing director of Accelerated Growth Partners, an angel investor network, which Knight Foundation supports to develop the South Florida venture capital community. 

    While the formula for building a great tech company remains a mystery, investment capital is definitely an important ingredient. The fact that most startups don’t qualify for traditional sources of funding makes early-stage investors a key component in any ecosystem.

    Technology advancements have made the costs of developing a tech company lower than ever and have provided opportunities to scale beyond our wildest imaginations. Think of companies like Uber or Google valued at $40 billion each in less than five years. These trends have taken the investment community by storm.

    Knight Foundation has been a transformational force in Miami becoming a tech hub by connecting and cultivating entrepreneurs. We’re starting to see the first success stories, with Mako exiting at $1.65 billion, .CO exiting at $109 million, OpenEnglish raising capital at a valuation of over $350 million, MagicLeap raising $542 million at a $1 billion-plus valuation. And yet, this is the tip of the iceberg. At Accelerated Growth Partners, we’ve made six seed investments and are closing three more. Every day we’ve been surprised by the quantity and quality of companies being built in our backyard.

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    El Knight Arts Challenge para el Sur de la Florida ya está abierto a nuevas propuestas

    Jan. 26, 2015, 2 p.m., Posted by Fernando González


    Photo courtes ed the  Screening Room.

    More than 8,900 ideas, 241 projects and 25 million - only since 2008.

    Figures from Knight Arts Challenge South Florida, which receives requests from today, provides an overview and a general idea of ​​the program - but not tell the whole story.

    There was support for projects as diverse as   mobile libraries , efforts to preserve rare, a traditional style of Haitian music, workshops to nurture love for film posters to bring Everglades City  and a program to interest children in the jazz projects winners in the seven years of these challenges provide a detailed snapshot of a multicultural, creative and dynamic community.

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    FGO's "Così fan tutte" is love and marriage at its operatic best

    Jan. 26, 2015, 9:21 a.m., Posted by laflor

    The Florida Grand Opera's uberly relevant Così fan tutte, exquisitely directed by Bernard Uzan, grabs you from the beginning and never lets go. It was a fantastically fun, semi-farcical romp through librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte's tale of relationships, wife-swapping, the futility of fidelity and, most importantly, our desperate need for...

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