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Refresh Miami March 24th Meetup:
Join us this month as Matthew Wensing from StormPulse.com tells us about how he scratched and clawed his way through building his startup from the ground up into one of the leading Weather data providers on the internet.
Wearer of many hats: co-founder, Python developer, visualization guru, front-end grunt, marketer, user-experience champion, and father of four. Co-founder of Stormpulse.
When: Thursday March 24
Pizza and sodas will be provided as usual. We will be moving to the Rathskeller on campus beer and drinks.
8:00-8:30: Presentation by Matthew Wensing
8:30-9:30: Beers and drinks at Rathskeller
LOCATION: University of Miami CAS Gallery
1210 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL
Google Maps for direction visit here!
Parking at meters on Stanford Drive and Pavia Garage (free): HERE
RSVP on Facebook
We’ve all gone through the burden of college applications, deciding where to attend, and what career to pursue. But, for a lot of high school seniors what scares them the most is finding out who they’re going to roommate with. Thankfully there are people that thought this before you did and created a system to help you find the perfect roommate. This solution is called RoomSurf.com [RoomSurf].
Launched last year, RoomSurf is a website dedicated to help students identify and connect with compatible roommates. Users create a profile and take a personality based test. Then an algorithm, specifically designed to help you get matched with potential candidates, rates potential candidates among other incoming students at your college. These potential candidates go through the same test you do. Potential roommates are matched according to a criterion that includes studying habits, overnight guests, music, religion, politics, sexual orientation, and eating habits among others. After you find a roommate of your preference you can request your school to allow you to have him/her as your roommate with a mutual consent from the other student.
The website also works as a social network for students; after they create their profiles, students are able to speak with hundreds of other students attending the college. They can share ideas, talk about topics, and organize events beforehand or during the semester to meet the incoming class or make new friends (possible future roommates). This helps keep students using the website in between semesters when business is slower. The ultimate mission with RoomSurf is to help students spend more time getting to know their best potential roommate matches, and less time trying to find them.
It all started back in college when co-founders Dan Thibodeau and Justin Gaither, from the University of Miami, saw a need in the marketplace — students were trying to match themselves by posting surveys on discussion boards, and reading through hundreds of posts by others. The perfect solution came at a time when the use of social networks was rising and online matching services was growing exponentially.
Their current target market is seniors in high school attending four year institutions in the United States. The website covers over 800 school networks across the US and have over 112,000 subscribers after only a year in service. Their revenue model is quite simple, they charge a small one time fee ($4.95) for premium services such as chatrooms, instant messaging, and video chat in the near future.
Both co-founders realized that being an entrepreneur at an early age wasn’t an easy task. They had to overcome dozens of challenges and obstacles to create a now-healthy business. They where hit with criticism by people telling them that they wouldn’t achieve their target traffic numbers. As a consequence, they accepted the challenge, focused on their goals, and went full force to reach them. They now own a company that has reached thousands and is already profitable after a year in business.
RoomSurf is a self-funded company that was part of the University of Miami’s Launch Pad.
The Launch Pad, opened in 2008, offers career guidance, resources, and advice to entrepreneurs, innovators, and inventors at the University of Miami.
If you are one of those over-productive individuals that loves working in creative and open spaces, then today is your lucky day! The White Table Foundation or WTF however you want to call it , as described in their website,
is a place where freelancers can come together to use beautiful, modern facilities to practice their craft and run their businesses while being surrounded by an environment that promotes collaboration…like a think tank on steroids. We want to be more that just a collaborative, coworking space – we want to give the tech and creative communities in South Florida a hub – a place to host events and meetup groups as well as a place that they know they can come to share and grow ideas into realities.
According to WTF, their space is open, airy and full of white tables. Its location and facilities makes it perfect for hosting events and is the perfect setting to impress clients.
So if you are in the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Area and need a space to work your genius and exciting ideas you should definitely check it out ASAP. They even have a beautiful waterway where you can dock your boat if thats your method of transportation.
Here is an interview by Agustina Prigoshin to one of the Co-Founders, Willie Morris
WTF is located at 1109 Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Don’t forget to follow the creator of the video/interview: Agustina Prigoshin @AgustinaP
Miami is a growing city with tons of opportunities to develop healthy businesses. Organizations such as this new incubator brings a new way for companies down here or emerging startups to get help in developing their businesses. Slowly Miami has become an international icon in the business of trading and global markets which entices new emerging businesses to consider it as their main point to build their startups.
Marc Billings, CEO of Digiport, in collaboration with The Enterprise Development Corporation of South Florida (EDC) opened IncubateMiami with the main purpose of accelerating the growth of startups and innovation to develop a vibrant technology-based community that creates high-skill, high wage jobs in industries that drive the global economy.