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SXSW Interactive 2015

8 Years To An Overnight Success

How does one grow a local tech community from 6 guys at a Starbucks to 8,500 people? From a handful of guys to 300-to-400 people in attendance month over month.

Simple, find a common goal, provide a steady stream of content and networking opportunities... Rinse & repeat for lets say, 8 years and -wham- you've got yourself a bonafide vibrant and self sustaining technology ecosystem.

Well, that's one way of doing it.

Join us for a discussion on what we've learned over the years and how to avoid the pitfalls of community building.

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  1. How can I build a startup ecosystem?
  2. How do we rally the community together to support the cause?
  3. What are common mistakes and pitfalls that startup communities face?
  4. How can one build a community without financial resources?
  5. How does my city, which focuses on X industry, adopt tech and startups?



Peter Martinez, Co-Director, Refresh Miami, Inc

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Entrepreneurialism and Business
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner
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