The Miami made. Experience
The founder-powered movement for a thriving Miami Startup Scene
Why join Miami made? It's a no-brainer!
Who joins Miami made.?
We are Miami founders backing founders! That said, to be more inclusive we do make exceptions for other heart-led leaders and conscious creators making magic in Miami who may not be original ‘founders’.
Can I try it out for FREE?
Yes, join us for one (1) complimentary Miami made. Thrive Together Tuesday. This signature event occurs on the first Tuesday of every month from 7:30-9:30 AM at Ironside Miami (7610 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL 33138).
How long has it been around?
Miami Made was founded in 2016 by Barry Stamos and Brandon Evans. Both built large startups on the coasts (Barry in SF and Brandon in NYC) and saw a lack of community and resources amongst founders in Miami. The two best friends teamed up to give back to startups and the local community to enrich lives, especially how we purposefully integrate our lives, work and community.
How is it funded?
Miami made started thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation and now is sustained by 150+ Founders who pay annual membership dues. To achieve our mission of a more collaborative startup ecosystem, we depend on sponsorships and support from our community partners. Please email us directly with any requests or offerings.
We 💜 Miami made.
Miami made. is a grassroots Founder-led movement for a thriving startup ecosystem. Over 150 Founders united as one tribe to create a more supportive ecosystem that enables Founders in South Florida to build better companies and live more balanced lives. Our mission is to leverage the diversity, collective knowledge, and creative energy of founders to lead Miami’s startup ecosystem to its next evolution as a premier place to start a company that thrives.
“Miami’s startup scene has made tremendous strides over the past few years. Miami made. is uniting the top founders in South Florida. This is the next big step to creating a collaborative ecosystem where startups thrive.”
Former Miami Programs Director, Knight Foundation
Barry Stamos, Co-Founder
Barry is a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur who evolved into a conscious capitalist. He now uses business as a force of good and walks the talk as an angel investor, advisor and serial entrepreneur. Barry is the Co-Founder of 1heart (1heart.com), birthing companies that back heart-led leaders like 1heart Journeys (1heartjourneys.com), Guided (getguided.co), and Superwell (besuperwell.com). Barry's the Founding Advisor to Tuft & Needle (TN.com); exit to Serta Simmons for hundreds of millions in 2018. Barry's an Angel investor in social enterprises like Thrive Market (thrivemarket.com) who raised $161M and profits through their purpose of making healthy food affordable to the masses. Barry's been an intrapreneur, as Global Practice Leader of Strategy & Innovation at Acxiom (NASDAQ: ACXM). Barry helped build a business unit that grew to $315MM annual revenues and sold to IPG for $2.3 Billion in 2018. Barry built and sold his first startup INBOX Marketing in San Francisco to Responsys pre-IPO and exited to Oracle for $1.6 Billion in 2006. Barry has been a paid consultant and coach to 100+ CMO's at Fortune 500 companies with 50+ written references on Linkedin. He is recognized by Techweek as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Technology.
Brandon Evans, Co-Founder
Brandon has a track record of building & scaling disruptive startups from the ground up into valuable companies. His last two companies achieved financial success w/ exits/valuations each exceeding $100 Million & currently employ > 700 people combined. He is a strong culture and community builder, only entrepreneur to lead two of the Top 3 Best Places to Work in NY (Crain's) in the past 5 years. Brandon is also an expert and author and speaker focused on conscious entrepreneurship and the future. Highlights: Crowdtap (now AskSuzy.com) - Founded company in 2009, grew it from 0 to 60+ employees (currently 100+) - Named to Top 100 Most Innovative Companies by Forbes for 2013 & 2014 - #54 Inc 500 Fast Growing Companies 2014 - Raised $15MM in venture capital led by Foundry Group - Named Top Place to Work by Crain's (#3 in NY) and Glassdoor (#1 in NY) - Tripled revenues in each of 2012-2014, profitable in < 3 years and $16MM+ in yearly SaaS revenue in < 4 years MRY (Acquired by LBi/Publicis Worldwide) - Built to 150+ employees prior to exit - Pioneer and leader in social marketing - Named to Fast Company's 10 Most Innovative, The INC 500, Mashable's Social Media Agency of the Year and Crain's #2 Best Place to Work in NY - Created key differentiating technology (RepNation) key to the agency's investment, high growth & margins and eventual exit.
Joe Metcalfe, Co-Host & Community Leader
Joe has been an active member of Miami Made since 2018, and Miami Made changed his business forever. He embraced the value of this supportive Founder community, and shifted his business from "transactional" to "relational." He's now stepped into the role of Co-Host and Facilitator. He's the Founder of Joe Metcalfe Consulting, and a highly sought after Performance Coach with a unique focus in Corporate Wellness. He's worked with companies such as Lexus, Club Med Corporate, Virgin, Salesforce, Maverick1000, and GoMobile Solutions. Joe helps companies utilize techniques to lower stress and lift morale. The companies he's worked with have enjoyed enhanced employee productivity, lower turnover, effective communication and increased wellbeing. He's also the author of The Inner Peace Experiment.
Julian Castro, Co-Host & Community Leader
When Julian realized he hated his life in 2015, he quit his corporate job, went "eat, pray, love" for a year in South America, and landed in Miami in 2017 to start his tech company. He kept his entrepreneurial journey briefly in tech, and then shifted to creative services such as photography, branding, and marketing. He now has his marketing agency and is a working artist. Julian has been an active member of Miami Made since 2017 and now helps lead the group and keep it the powerful community that it has been in Miami. He is committed to helping people have their dreams come true, and Miami Made is the perfect place to have that happen.
Ernesto Mandowsky, Systems Advisor
Ernesto Mandowsky is the CEO of CPD Advisors. As an Advisor to early-stage founders, Ernesto designs and develops integrated systems, processes and tools to transform how startups scale using his proprietary 6P Playbook. He has transformed the internal operations of dozens of startups across Miami including the Shrimp Society, Seaworthy Collective, and Fuego Shoes! Complimenting his work with CPD Advisors, Ernesto is passionate about regenerative systems, sustainable business, and community building. As a community organizer for 1Million Cups Miami, Ernesto is responsible for curating the stage for founders to share their story to get the support needed to create sustainable change in the world.
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