Knight Blog

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

Ideas, passion, persistence and the right mix for startup success

July 11, 2014, 4:54 p.m., Posted by Fernando González

Music producer Jermaine Dupri spoke at Tech Cocktail in Miami. Photos by Ezequiel Williams.

The book launch of “Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing and Celebrating Startup Success,” by Frank Gruber, the founder and CEO of Tech Cocktail, brought together entrepreneurs, on stage and in the audience, and featured sound advice, a llama and cocktails. What else do you need for your next successful startup?

As it turns out, quite a bit more — which is the subject of “Startup Mixology.”

“The reason to do this book was that it took me 10 years to start my company and run it myself,” explained Gruber in a post-panel interview at The Stage in Miami. “It was a scary, long process to figure out on my own and I made a lot of mistakes. So I wanted to create the book that was not out there when I was trying to do this and something that would be easy for people to follow. There are a lot of books out that talk about a lot of the different components but I wanted to create a comprehensive guide that only would tell you how to do it, but [it would tell you] also the harsh realities of it too. Because it’s hard.”

Miami startup icon shares success stories with aspiring entrepreneurs

July 11, 2014, 10 a.m., Posted by Cody Johnson

Photo credit: Carolina Wilson.

Daniel Cane, founder of Modernizing Medicine, encouraged members of the Miami entrepreneurial community to nurture a dynamic company culture Tuesday evening at Venture Hive in downtown Miami as part of a monthly guest speaker series hosted by Startup Grind, a global network of more than 100 chapters that supports entrepreneurs.

Modernizing Medicine is a productivity tool for physicians that adapts to their unique style of care to save time and provide better care for each patient.  The Web-based platform offers health care information technology solutions to physicians and is used by health care specialists across the country. Before developing Modern Medicine, Cane  co-founded the online education platform Blackboard.  

Connecting and growing the Miami startup community to retain strong entrepreneurial talent is one of the goals of Startup Grind Miami, which Knight Foundation supports.

“We want to empower the community by drawing out entrepreneurs to tell their story,” chapter director Jason Ibarra said.  “We want to show people others have succeeded in their own city.”

Cain echoed the importance of fostering a united entrepreneurial community in Miami and the importance of nurturing a healthy company culture.

Survey: Most Miami-Dade residents want libraries funded — one way or another

July 10, 2014, 3 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

Fernand Amandi of Bendixen & Amandi International, Barry Johnson of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Lilly Weinberg of Knight Foundation discuss the survey findings.

Sometimes, when researching public attitudes toward libraries, it’s important to read between the lines.

That was clear from a comprehensive survey of likely voters in Miami-Dade County commissioned by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce with support from Knight Foundation that showed that 80 percent oppose a significant cut to the library budget, while 13 percent support it.

The survey, conducted by Bendixen Amandi International, was designed to delve deeper on results from an earlier survey by the same firm that focused solely on the question of whether the library portion of property taxes should be increased. The headline from that survey: A majority oppose raising taxes.

This survey included additional options: cut spending on other county services to preserve library funding, or reduce library services.