Our team had a blast last week participating in eMerge Americas – a one-of-a-kind conference focused on technology, finance, and innovation in Miami and Latin America. For the second year in a row, the eMerge organizers did an excellent job giving Miami’s entrepreneurial ecosystem worldwide exposure over five days of summits, panels, and exclusive events, all covered by NBCUniversal.
Rather than round up of our favorite stories around the web this week, we wanted to share our top eMerge highlights with you in a special edition of the EarlyFive. Enjoy!
EarlyShares in the Top Ten!
EarlyShares was selected from hundreds of Startup Showcase participants as one of the top ten, earning us the chance to compete in the late-stage pitch contest! You may have heard that I made a big announcement during my time on stage. Stay tuned for news on EarlyShares’ next big thing.
I highly enjoyed participating in this panel alongside colleagues from Crowdnetic, SeedInvest, Prodigy Network, and Scout Ventures. eMerge got the memo that crowdfunding has grown up: the panel was entirely dedicated to private investing, not rewards crowdfunding.
The Startup Showcase
As part of the late-stage contest, we exhibited EarlyShares alongside hundreds of other awesome young companies. It was our pleasure to be surrounded by some of our favorite #MiamiTech colleagues, including BoatSetter, ClassWallet, and iTopia.
Disrupting the Financial Status Quo
The panelists on this excellent summit session – high-level executives from Betterment, Motif Investing, and Redfin – echoed many insights from EarlyShares’ ethos, especially that the commercial real estate industry is due for disruption.
The Nasdaq Closing Bell!
eMerge made history on Monday as the occasion for the first Nasdaq ‘virtual closing bell’ from the state of Florida! It was a thrill to watch and we hope it gave Miami’s financial ecosystem a little extra clout up north.