Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Refresh Miami panelists offer entrepreneurs tips on successful business launches

July 28, 2014, 12:44 p.m., Posted by Carolina Wilson

Panelists (left to right): Sari Azout, founder of Bib and Tuck; Dawn Dickson, founder and CEO of Flat Out of Heels; and Igal Aciman, head of global sales and marketing for ParkJockey, during Refresh Miami's event "You've Built It, Now Launch It!" Photos by Carolina Wilson.

Budding entrepreneurs about to begin their businesses gained key insights last week from entrepreneurs who have already made the journey, during a Refresh Miami event titled “You’ve Built It, Now Launch It!” 

A packed house turned out at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science on Thursday for the latest installment in the group’s “summer startup series.” Three panelists provided their takes on missteps to avoid and actions to take that encourage success.

Circ X launches Kickstarter for cabaret performances

July 28, 2014, 11:56 a.m., Posted by Diana Lozano

Diana Lozano is founder and artistic director of Circ X, a traveling performance troupe and production company based in Miami, and a 2013 Knight Arts Challenge winner.

We recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for our upcoming cabaret show at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. We hope to raise $3,000 this month to help match the Knights Arts Challenge grant and to pay rehearsal and performance fees for the artists. 

We’re offering general admission tickets in the same price range as a movie ticket, to entice a wider audience to the world of live performance. Through the Kickstarter campaign, backers are able to get tickets without service fees. Basically, for less than the price of two coffees and a muffin at your local corporate coffee shop, you can experience live theater while supporting Miami’s local performance artists. 

#WaffleWednesdays: Networking event serves waffles, entrepreneurship

July 28, 2014, 9:42 a.m., Posted by Will Weinraub

A tech presentation for #WaffleWednesday in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami.

It started innocently enough.

We had just signed the lease on our new office, a 2,000-square-foot warehouse-style space in Wynwood that would become LiveNinja’s new headquarters.

A few days after signing, I joined our director of marketing, Carolina Leon, and our director of community, Danielle Ungermann, on a quick trip to Target to equip the office with new supplies.

As we walked through the store, I noticed a waffle maker that was on sale for 10 bucks. I immediately blurted out, “We should make waffles every week for the team. It would be something we could all look forward to and we could do it every Wednesday…”

Carolina jumped in: “Waffle Wednesday! I absolutely love that idea.”

When I mentioned the idea to my co-founder/mad scientist, Alfonso Martinez, he quickly took it one step further (as he usually does with everything) by telling us that he’s going to go “‘Top Chef’ on all of us.”