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    Exhibitions at OOMA include a 27-foot wall installation and “African Divas”

    Jan. 26, 2015, 6:14 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Barbara Johnson Ross, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art announces two fun, informative and visually exciting exhibitions. The long-awaited African Diva Project is open through March 7 and Qarqish + Welch: Art as Form . . . Art as Function is open through March 14. Sarah...

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    The choreographic process

    Jan. 26, 2015, 6:04 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Melissa Anduiza, Charlotte Ballet dancer On a daily basis, choreographers and dancers have the privilege of diving into the ever so varied “choreographic process”. The choreographic process is especially unique when it comes to a contemporary show, such as Innovative Works, because of the endless possibilities that both artists...

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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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