The Big Idea Box Podcast connects the entrepreneur community by using the power of audio to uplift, empower, and share our varied experiences through creative content delivery. This podcast broadens the listener perspective, supports innovative development, and is the hub for entrepreneurial storytelling.
Ep 46 - The Importance of Black Women In Tech
Today's conversation is a panel discussion with local Miami tech facilitators and professionals on the rise and importance of Black Women in the tech space. Our co-host, Tami, sits down with Watsco Ventures tech engineer, Shablé Harris; Nirva Bousiquot, founder of Silks Roads product distribution company; and Jessyka Castillo, co-lead of Black Women Talk Tech Miami chapter with Nirva. Traditionally, technology has been a male dominated space yet throughout history, we have come to learn about Black women who have led powerful tech careers such as Valerie Thomas and Dr. Patricia Bath. According to the National Center For Women & Information Technology study, women of color made up only about 11% of the computing and mathematical workforce in 2019, with Black women only comprising 3% of the total. These numbers are changing for the better, yet slowly. There is a risk of missing out on voices and talent that can move the industry forward. And if we want to truly shift the tech landscape, representation is imperative.
Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 1:30 Intro & Backgrounds; 8:13 Importance of Visibility in Tech; 12:03 Silk Roads Co; 24:37 Black Women Talk Tech; 26:32 Current Gaps in Miami's Tech Space; 31:11 Importance of Exposing Youth to STEM; 36:04 Ways Tech Companies Can Be More Inclusive; 52:36 Tech Opportunities Within Black Communities; 1:04:34 Ways To Create Space for Black Professionals in Miami's Tech Space
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Show Notes: Valerie Thomas - Patricia Bath - Jessyka Castillo - Black Women Talk Tech - Nirva Bousiquot - Silk Roads - Florida Memorial University - Catalyst Miami - Shablé Harris - Watsco Ventures - Montessori approach - Mark Zuckerberg - Steve Jobs - Florida International University - Kimora Lee Simmons - Procter & Gamble - Johnson & Wales - Dot Com Crash - Michelle Obama - Regina - Lauren - Roadmap to Billions Conference - To Be A Dream Project - New Face of A Founder - Uber - Regina's App - Fundr - Amazon - Miami Angels
Ep 45 - Brainfood with Richard and Lawrence Lamondin of Ecosystems
Today's episode features Richard & Lawrence Lamondin, two brothers who co-founded EcoSystems; a rapidly growing water and energy conservation firm focused on sustainability for the real estate industry. Under their strategic leadership, EcoSystems is one of the leading water and energy conservation firms in the country, recognized as the second-fastest growing firm in Florida and ranked No. 48 in 2020 on the Inc 5000. This conversation is moderated by Juan Pablo D’Alessandro, who currently serves as Head of Entrepreneur Selection & Growth at Endeavor Miami.
Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 1:17 Experience Before Ecosystems, 4:09 Ecosystems Solution and Problem Solving, 8:15 Creating A Business With Family, 10:23 Coping With Covid-19 and Stayling Afloat, 15:40 What Keeps You Up At Night, 17:21 Learning From Peers and Mentorship, 22:53 Experience Going Through Endeavor Solution Process, 24:55 Q & A
Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami #TheBigIdeaBox on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Connect with our guests @ecosystems_com Share your feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!!
Show Notes: Endeavor Miami - Refresh Miami - LAB Miami - Knight Foundation - Local Leaders Collective - University of Miami - REI - Burger King - PPE - SBA Loan - ESG
Ep 44 - More Than Just Coworking with 1909, General Provisions, and The LAB Miami
Join us as we speak with three leaders who have turned "co-working upside down" with accelerator programs, educational workshops, mental health efforts, and even virtual communities like no other! Led by Nikki Cabus, VP at Palm Beach Association, today's guests are: Shana Ostrovitz, Executive Director at 1909; Tim Hasse, Founder of General Provision, and Rachael Bickford, Managing Director at The LAB Miami. Co-working spaces have grown in popularity over the last decade and many people wonder if they are just a fad? The average co-working space is simply intended for remote workers or freelances to have a place to go, get out of the house, and share resources such as a printer or wifi. This industry has changed drastically. Traditional co-working has given birth to a new way of thinking . . . to communities with values that help individuals grow, for freelancers to connect and gain resources, a place for startup founders to scale their businesses, and for tech professionals, creatives, and entrepreneurs to feel empowered through their journey.
Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 00:00:47 Intros, Partners, and Backgrounds 8:55 What Led You to Coworking Management 14:58 What To Expect From Coworking Spaces 25:15 Shifts in CoWorking Services Due to Covid-19 36:55 Diversity Inclusion in Coworking Spaces 46:30 Miami Coworking Q&A
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Show Notes: Nikki Caboose - Palm Beach Tech - Shayna Oskovitz - 1909 - Timothy Hassie - General Provision - Rachael Bickford - The LAB Miami - South Florida Business and Wealth - Boca Code - TechTalks - Our Community Coffee Podcast - SouthFloridaTech.com - PalmBeachTech.org - SouthFloridaTech.com/slack - Virtual Connects - Digital South Florida - South Florida Legal Guide - Leaders of IT - Candid Cold Brew - Chipmunk Coffee - GrowBox - Karnl Moon - Black Tech Week - Dream Defenders - Built In Broward Initiative - Path to College - Wynwood - Tony Goldman - Art Basel Miami - 8 TLCs - Dr. Roger Walsh
Ep 43 - Conduit Solution to COVID 19 Using Quantum Computing
Join us for a unique and groundbreaking conversation with Ryan Robinson, a pioneer in quantum engineering and blockchain technology, as we learn more about how his company, Conduit, is solving the world's greatest issues. Led by Conduit's Director of Marketing, Nia Joseph, and lead scientist, Logan Collins, this episode dives deeper into a non-invasive COVID test called Nanosplash to be released. Ryan became the world's first quantum engineer and created Conduit, the World's First Collective Computer. Conduit combines the processing power of devices all across the world to tackle problems that even supercomputers have a hard time solving such as drug design, weather forecasting, and quantum computing simulation. Currently, their team is working with the White House to create a cure for COVID19 using quantum engineering in a fashion never seen before in the history of Mankind.
Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 2:01 What is Conduit? 5:48 What is Quantum Engineering? 8:07 Conduit Lead Scientist Info 14:47 Future of Quantum Computing and Science 19:21 Nanosplash Mission and Release 29:50 Challenges Creating Conduit 39:07 Conduit Talent 43:21 Q&A
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Show Notes: Ryan Robinson - Nia Joseph - Conduit - Logan Collins - Rachael Bickford - The LAB Miami - Quantum Computing - Biotech - Eric Lander - Humane Genome Project - Broad Institute - Monte Carlo Simulation - Drug Design - Seeking Alpha - Super computers - Blockchain miners - Mechatronics - Quantum Physics - Quantum Entanglement - De Novo Peptide - Intel Science & Engineering Fair - ACS Biochemistry - Envelope Assembly - COVID-19 HPC Consortium - Quanterra - Nanosplash - Biological Cybernetics - The Butterfly Effect - Colorimetric test - Nanotechnology - FDA Emergeny Use Authorization - CollectiveComputing.org- Computational Chemistry - Harvard - Quantum game theory
Ep 42 - Brainfood with David Lekach of Dream Water
Today's episode features David Lekach, founder of Dream Water, a natural, zero calorie, 2.5oz liquid sleep enhancer, that is also available in a powder format that you can take with or without water. Prior to the sale of his company in May of 2018, David was the CEO of Dream Products LLC, which manufactures and markets the product. David has spent his last 6+ months investing the proceeds of the sale and consulting for a variety of companies with topics and mandates ranging from innovation, to executive team building, to legal/deal structuring projects, and a host of different strategic development initiatives with companies in the CPG, cannabis, direct to consumer/Amazon platforms, and travel retail spaces. Moderated by Aryan Rashed, founder of Tremble, learn more about the reality of growing and successfully exiting a company.
Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: David's Background, Childhood, EducationEarly Businesses, Digital Marketing, Motivation, Idea Execution, Building Dream Water, Raising Capital, Distribution Lessons, Shifts in Dream Water and Expansion, Exit Preparation and Process, Next Ventures in Cannabis and NewsLink, Advice for First Time Entrepreneurs, Q&A
Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami @endeavormiami #BrainfoodMIA on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Connect with our guests @dreamwater Share your feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!!
Brainfood Speaker Series is a monthly, hands-on discussion with local entrepreneurs who share the secrets of their success and failures. This monthly event takes place at The LAB Miami, helping Miami startups as well as entrepreneurs understand the opportunities alongside the challenges of launching and growing a business. We’re sharing these amazing stories that provide new ideas and key, practical advice to advancing one’s own entrepreneurial career. Brainfood is brought to you by The LAB Miami in partnership Endeavor Miami.
Show Notes: Aryan Rashed - University of Michigan - Duane Reade - NewsLink - David Lekach - Blue Mountain - NDA - Hudson News - Dream Water - Tic Tac Toe Auction - Friendster - Paradies Shops - Perfumania.com - Amazon - Myspace - CNBC Stores - Perry Ellis - Ebay - Walgreens - Miami International Airport - Paris Hilton - Yahoo - DSD Direct to Store Distributer - Fort Lauderdale - Guess - March Madness - Walmart- Melatonin - Ed Hardy - Facebook - Jerry Mcguire - True Religion - Harvard University - Hemp Bill 2014 - BCBG - Mark Zuckerberg - CBD - Katy Perry - Harvard Crimson - Johnson & Johnson - Adam Levine - 5 Hour Energy - M&M Mars Inc - Duty Free Americas - Givaudan - Harvest One
Ep 41 - Website Creation and the Importance of Consultation
Today's episode features two local web creation experts, David Martin and John D. Saunders. David is a website strategist, developer, UX/UI designer, and founder of UXHacks, a web design studio. John is a web designer, founder at 5Four Digital, and an Automation Expert with a decade of experience building brands online. As a video game animator and digital artist, our co-host Bryant, led the conversation to shed light on: the importance of the digital landscape due to COVID19, how to create a presence online, and the power of investing in knowledge for successful online growth.
Here are the topics addressed and timestamps: 00:00:52 Intros and Guest Briefs 5:10 Website Design Trends in 2020 11:47 How To Maximize Assets of Creation 18:20 Types of Websites for Profitability 25:53 Consultation for Web Creation to Conversion 38:12 Getting Ready to Launch Your Website 47:10 Expensive Website Mistakes 52:20 Closing Remarks, Free Consultations, and Contact Info
Remember to follow us @thebigideabox @thelabmiami #TheBigIdeaBox on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Connect with our guests @uxhacks @johndsaunders Share your feedback with this link: bit.ly/2C3fwFj and enjoy the show!!
Show Notes: David Martin - UXHacks - John D Saunders - 5Four Digital - Webflow - Wordpress - Shopify - Co-host Bryant - Elsie - Knight Shift Games - Gal Shir - Drop Shipping - WooCommerce - Sam Cart - Illustrator Hub - Wire Framing - Zapier - SEO - Bench.co - JohnDSaunders.co - Black Illustrations
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