For the past few years, South Florida has become a premier destination for start-ups to grow and expand. Entrepreneurs and the innovative business community are attracted to the area, not only for its sunny shores, but also for the many opportunities that real estate growth and the burgeoning Miami community offer. It is also a hot destination that attracts start-up founders looking to set down roots. Here are some South Florida entrepreneurs that own real estate in the area.
Lena is the creator of Design Aglow, a business resource center for portrait and wedding photography studios founded in 2006. She is also the author of two bestselling photography books. Hyde partnered with her friend Erin Rossitto in West Palm Beach to expand her photography business. The two launched Muses & Visionaries, an innovative co-working space designed specifically for women.
Etienne Gillard is a Spanish American immigrant. He is the founder and CEO of Waleteros, a mobile banking app aimed at the 60 million people in the US who don’t have bank accounts, especially in the Hispanic community. Waleteros requires a quick sign up and gives users a prepaid debit card so that they can track and manage their expenses without the use of a big bank. Waleteros is located in the Venture Hive incubator of downtown Miami.
Peter Pezaris, Claudio Pinkus and David Hersh
Peter Pezaris, Claudio Pinkus and David Hersh are the co-founders of Glip, a Boca Raton-based startup that is built for office based messaging. Glip is a major competitor of Slack and used by established companies such as IBM, CBS Interactive, The Economist and Harvard University. Glip was recently acquired by RingCentral, a provider of cloud communication services. Pezaris, Pinkus and Hersh have worked together for 20 years on different start-ups in the South Florida area.
All of these start up founders have a great affinity for South Florida, as the start-up culture, especially in Miami, has been flourishing. Many have also relocated their businesses there due
to the vast, available real estate opportunities. Start-up culture is expected to continue to thrive in South Florida as the real estate market provides ample opportunities for new ventures to set up their businesses on its sunny shores.