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’.
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).
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.
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.
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.”
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 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.
Jeannie Kelly is a conscious civic leader, global connector, and socially responsible entrepreneur. Highlights from her professional career include: co-founding a Burning Man Camp called Cymatica; securing the seed funds as well as being a co-founder for a non-profit called NEST, which housed homeless youth; leading a large entertainment district called Magic City Innovation District in Miami; and co-hosting a Forbes Impact Investment event, also in Miami. Born in Korea, Jeannie came to the US when she was adopted at the age of 5. Throughout her life, she has repeatedly flipped challenges into opportunities and is called upon to demonstrate the future of real estate, where the return on investment is not only monetary, but impacts people’s lives, and helps shape future cities.
Mark is an entrepreneur and visionary who brings a deep and diverse set of experience to the team. A former professional action sports athlete and television host, Mark has founded and managed both for profit ventures and nonprofit organizations over the past 25+ years. His experience and commitment in bringing passionate, creative idea makers together to co-create and thrive, earned Mark the nickname “the Idea Arsonist”. Through collaboration and cultivating connection, Mark develops one-of-a kind embodied immersive experiences - connecting the heart to the mind in memorable and meaningful special events. With a wide background that includes management, sales, marketing, sponsorships, production, recruiting, grant writing, fundraising, board membership, and even Strategic Intervention coaching, Mark is committed to cultivating deep relationships with our members, understanding their unique needs and vision, and developing an ecosystem where each can participate, contribute, and flourish.
Creating experiences that level up the ordinary to superconscious and extraordinary.
Ashley is the dedicated owner of Ashley Jordan Events, an event planning & design firm. Ashley integrates mindfulness into every area of her business to enhance her clients experience & the organic flow of the planning & design process. Based out of Miami, she has been involved in events all throughout the South Florida area. Her client base includes multi-million dollar companies, individuals, charities, & everything in between.
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