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Startup Grind Miami Hosts Nancy Dahlberg (Miami Herald: The Starting Gate)


Nancy Dahlberg, Miami Herald: The Starting Gate

Nancy Dahlberg, author of The Starting Gate is a Miami Herald business writer and editor with a passion for entrepreneurship and what makes entrepreneurs tick. She also coordinates the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge, an annual contest for entrepreneurs in South Florida.
Her business specialties include entrepreneurship, the startup culture and Miami's local tech community, small business, economy, personal finance, real estate and consumer issues. Also interested in environmental/green issues, philanthropy, building community, gardening/horticulture, historic preservation and home/design.

The Starting Gate is a highly frequented blog focused on Miami's rapidly escalating startup community. With categories ranging from crowd funding to co-working spaces, Nancy may have the most inclusive catalog of coverage spotlighting #MiamiTech.
Read more about Nancy's history of supporting and reporting on Miami's entrepreneurship culture for over two decades here.





6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking


Hosted By Jason Ibarra, Director of Startup Grind Miami

Jason Ibarra is a life-long entrepreneur, 12 year digital marketer and technology / digital marketing recruiter.

Starting as the first employee and ending as the Agency Director, Jason dedicated eight years to building South Florida internet marketing agency Exults at an average growth rate of 250% year over year. As part of his commitment to South Florida’s entrepreneurial and technology community he spends time in advisory and director roles on the boards of TEDxMiami and SFIMA, the South Florida Interactive Marketing Association.

He’s no stranger to what it means to be lean, in 2012 he co-founded a growth hacked Groupon clone focused on bars and nightlife which grew to 10,000 subscribers in Miami within three months, before he set the project aside to join partners in his current early stage startup Recovery Passport.

A native of South Florida, Jason is a seafood lover who prefers to dive in and chase his dinner. His favorite pastime, spearfishing reflects his attitude in life to “dive in and go after what he wants.”

In 2013 Jason became a new Father to son, Callid Corvis Ibarra and he says seeing Callid breathe the same air we all breathe drives him more than ever to make a difference in this World.

“I’m not counting on reincarnation.” –Jason Ibarra

Follow Startup Grind Miami on Twitter: @StartupGrindMIA
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @JasonIbarra

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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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  • Cerj L.

    I like the idea that Miami has to free itself from the "regional mentality" and open itself the whole world.
    I think we should also not be afraid to THINK BIG!
    In the regard, keep in mind the project FACING THE SKY. You'll hear more about soon.
    Regards to all.

    May 14, 2014

  • Dean

    If last night was any indication, this should turn out to be a quite productive group.

    May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    For anyone that is thinking about or looking to leave Miami for California or Boston, you must be here for what is about to happen. South Florida will rise and tonite was just a preview. Great event to find the talent you need to take your idea to the next level.

    May 13, 2014

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