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Top Job Pick: Chief Architect Aventura, Florida

Top Job Pick: Chief Architect Aventura, Florida

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Fast moving, early-stage company seeks senior software engineer to lead the production of first-of-kind, cloud-based, multi-tenant, consumer-facing modular platform with essentially limitless potential to scale and drive value. This is a strategic but hands-on leadership position in a fast-paced environment of purpose-led innovation.

Chief Architect will assemble and supervise developers, product managers, business analysts, mathematicians, and others and coordinate with business development and administration. This role will be in Aventura, Florida and report directly to the CEO. This is a rare opportunity to leave a professional mark while helping to drive value and convenience in a new, rational way through the surgical ecosystem and solve some of the most pressing problems we face.

A successful candidate will be an experienced engineer and architect who understands product development strategy, has excellent interpersonal and management capabilities, and have a knack for solving problems and anticipating needs. Must have impeccable, authoritative technical skills.


  • Establish and execute technical vision, strategies, and plans for growth and expansion.
  • Serve as the architect and technical leader to help define, evangelize and achieve the overall technical vision.
  • Implement and utilize predictive modeling and analytics to “tell a story” with our data.
  • Oversee all product development and engineering resources.
  • Be a coach, act as lead software engineer – 50%+ time spent developing.
  • Communicate with employees and stakeholders to ensure company technologies are used appropriately.
  • Strategic thinking and strong business acumen are essential in this role.
  • Well versed in current technological trends to build strategy.
  • Develop, track and control the development of annual operating and capital budgets for purchasing, staffing, and operations.
  • Oversee the planning, scoping, estimating and prioritization of complex projects.


  • 10+ years of proven experience as a hands-on management role with a software engineering background.
  • Passionate about development and eager to expand your knowledge within a fast-paced environment.
  • Innovator who thrives on tough technical challenges and finds ways to apply technology to solve problems.
  • Exhibit proven team leadership and organizational skills.
  • Experience building software in the cloud
  • Ability to actively communicate, inspire and motivate all levels of staff.
  • Possess strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience as a teacher/mentor for software engineers to ensure that the team can flourish.
  • BA or BS in computer science or related field
How to navigate the tech industry of the future

How to navigate the tech industry of the future

Gary Shapiro is CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that puts on tech’s biggest trade show: CES. Another big show is coming in a couple of weeks, and for the third time Shapiro is showing up with a new book, this one dubbed Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation.

Shapiro’s view of the tech landscape inspired him to write about how companies need to move fast, spot trends, embrace diversity, and deal with rapid changes and disruptions. He teamed up with CTA communications director to write a guide to help executives and government leaders navigate the future. The book outlines strategies for success and gave us a jumping off point for talking about technology, CES, and our own personal interests in what the future will bring.

Read an edited transcript of the interview here: https://venturebeat.com/2018/12/23/ces-chief-gary-shapiro-how-to-navigate-the-tech-industry-of-the-future/

ITPalooza Breaks Records! Thank You South Florida!

ITPalooza Breaks Records! Thank You South Florida!

I am once again delighted by the generosity and support of our SoFlo Tech Community!

ITP18 is in the record books but it would not be complete without my personal message of gratitude to our amazing tech community. ITP is truly a local event made possible by the support of our local community.

Here are just a few stand-out moments.

  • Record-breaking turnout
  • CIO-VIP focused activities
  • $35,000 of toys and cash donated to Marine Toys for Tots and The STEM Advisory Board
  • A record number of speakers and sessions
  • A record crowd for the CIO-VIP Luncheon with Keynote by tech billionaire Jim McKelvey


MIT Enterprise Forum: How I funded my way to the top – Dec 6

MIT Enterprise Forum: How I funded my way to the top – Dec 6

Do all companies really need investors? Maybe yours doesn’t. Investors or not, there always comes a time in a company’s life when it must stay afloat to get to that next step. Dare we say it; is there a downside to taking on investors?

Come and learn about bootstrapping from the front lines; from Silicon Valley to Boston to South Florida. Hear war stories and tips from entrepreneurs who are currently bootstrapping to the next level or have successfully bootstrapped on their way to exit.

Our expert panel:

Luis Duco, Director of Operations at Starsky Robotics

Luis spearheads Starsky’s effort to make trucking driverless. Luis has a background in sustainable business design, lean process development, analytics, and sales and marketing strategy. While he is currently involved with a San Francisco based early stage company, Luis has long been involved in the South Florida tech community, had has degrees from the University of Central Florida and Nova Southeastern University.

Candice Saffer, CEO Zing Rides

Candice founded Zing rides with the purpose of providing a fun and safe way to get kids to where they need to go daily. Now in tis second year, Zing provides a safe and reliable family-centric, ride-sharing platform that solves the needs of parents, children and the community. Zing was the 2018 winner of MIT Enterprise Forum’s People’s Choice Award at its 2018 Geek Tank event.

Marty Schulz, Cofounder at Objective Ed

Marty Schultz is a mentor-speaker, angel fund investor, award-winning innovator and has boot-strapped and grown five companies in his career, with a combined valuation of over $300M.

A firm believer in sharing his knowledge with others, Marty mentors entrepreneurs and presents at startup and venture capital conferences.  He holds degrees from Harvard Business School and Carnegie Mellon University.

David Spector, Partner Tambourine

Dave Spector is a Partner at Tambourine, a hotel marketing technology firm based in Fort Lauderdale. Since 2013 (with no outside investment) Dave and his partners have grown the firm from 12 to 140 employees and added additional offices in New York, California and Colombia. Earlier in his career, Dave was a founding member of two start-ups that eventually became thriving public companies with current revenues today exceeding $250 million dollars.

Dave lives in Delray Beach with his wife and daughters who constantly remind him that he knows very little about anything.

Moderator: Howard Gitten, Partner Lewis Brisbois LLP

Howard Gitten is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois. Combining experience as General Counsel at a cutting-edge technology company with his years of intellectual IP private practice experience, Mr. Gitten brings a unique perspective to legal technology issues. Howard is Vice Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum and has lectured at universities across the state on a variety of IP topics.

A Message from Superintendent Carvalho – Vote YES on #362 to “Provide an Environment where Our Children Feel Safe and Can Thrive”

A Message from Superintendent Carvalho – Vote YES on #362 to “Provide an Environment where Our Children Feel Safe and Can Thrive”

Dear Friends,

Miami-Dade County is a wonderfully diverse and culturally vibrant community poised to become one of the world’s premier cities. In order to maintain our community’s position, we must maintain a stellar public education system. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has some of the finest educators in the world – educators who have turned the impossible into the inevitable. In the past decade, M-DCPS has been awarded the Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Education, become the largest fully-accredited school district in the nation, has seen graduation rates soar to 84.2 percent, and has achieved a District rating of “A” from the state of Florida. We have proven that we are on the right track, but we cannot rest on this success. We must continue to improve, and we cannot do it without outstanding teachers and instructional personnel, and we must provide an environment where children feel safe and can thrive.

As Election Day is fast approaching, I urge you to consider an important issue that will affect all of Miami-Dade’s children, citizens, and business enterprises in the years to come. On November 6, 2018, voters will have the opportunity to decide if they are willing to select #362 on their ballot to invest in maintaining the quality and safety of our public schools by approving a measure that assesses $75 in property taxes per $100,000 of taxable value – an amount that is less than $12 a month for a typical homeowner.

We have committed that all proceeds generated from this referendum will exclusively fund improved compensation for teachers and instructional personnel and increases in school safety and security personnel. An independent citizens’ advisory board will monitor the use of these proceeds and will report to the public annually.

Our responsibility to provide a safe learning environment is a debt owed to our future. Our inability to recruit and retain the highest quality teachers for our schools will undoubtedly have a detrimental impact on students and ultimately, the long-term economic development potential of Miami-Dade County.

I know that we all share in the belief that when our children benefit, the entire community benefits and our future becomes even brighter. I thank you for sharing this information about what #362 will do for schools and for your cooperation and support.


Albert M. Carvalho,
Superintendent of Schools

Click or Tap the image to download Supervisor Carvalho’s letter

Click or Tap the image to download sample Miami-Dade ballot 


$4.6 million, 2,593 internships, 784 companies.

$4.6 million, 2,593 internships, 784 companies.

This past summer, the Children’s Trust, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Foundation for New Education Initiatives, Career Source South Florida, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and JP Morgan and Chase collaborated with a single intent in mind: to provide a minimum of 1,522 paid summer internships for youth across the county. Summer 2018 marks the third year of the program’s operation, and it continues to grow and exceed expectations.

Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Alberto M. Carvalho, with some of the students from the program.

This unique summer internship program provided parent, student and employer orientations across the county, online training for interns, training curriculum including weekly assignments, internship coaches, and an online interface called Miami.GetMyInterns.org, which was used to match interns with employers.

Download the full report: 2018 SYIP Impact Report Final rev100818