IMG_6435.JPGI will update everyone periodically on the event. After spending the day exploring what Manhattan has to offer for a tourist like myself, I decided to see it first. The conference is a great mash-up of backgrounds which equates into a powerful company for smart individuals who need new ideas to move their city forward.

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Taking a quick selfie @ The Cities For Tomorrow Conference held at The New York Times Center in Manhattan.

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From time to time, I plan on recapping the week in business, sports and other topics. The post may be filled with stories that have been on our local news stations or even WorldStar because we all have a guilty pleasure.

Anyhow, this past week my fiancée and I decided to take action on painting our condo after 3 years of boardroom debating. Home Depot does a great job of not providing you with a game plan on what you may or may not need. Therefore, if you are out of shape and need some extra pounds taken off from Thanksgiving they will assist you with this mission. My legs and shoulders are sore from using rollers, creating a perfect edge and making sure the Behr paint didn’t bleed onto the crown molding on the ceiling.

Lebron James and Stephen Curry have both combined efforts to flood my social media timelines, which is normal for the month of June in television entertainment scheduling. I haven’t taken the time to see either team play but the matchup really has made a conversation about competition amongst my friends. Does a basketball game and business marry on similar parallels when it comes to competition? Possibly, but I really doubt it. I’ll continue on the subject at a later date with some more research.

Entertainment as a whole is a favorite pastime of mine. Whether it is, going to watch the Atlanta BravesMiami Heat, or The Wailers in concert, I love to get out and enjoy the ambiance. As I alluded to earlier, Home Depot didn’t make Doing-It-Yourself a BREEZE for me this week. Case in point. Pandora and Lexus teamed up to hold the Lexus Pop-Up Concert Series Thursday night in Miami featuring Cold War Kids. Yes, Pandora the streaming service that somehow thinks that Musiq Soulchild and Drake should play on the same station. Anyhow, I like the business model of Pandora and will make an effort to learn more about how profitable these concerts are for their bottom line. In my spare time, I also study companies present and past stock performance and fundamentals, sometimes to invest and other instances to be nosey. lol

Quickbooks has really stepped up their game in regards to the ease of their software. I like most business owners need something reliable and effective in crunch time. For some reason, the last two summers have been the only time my taxes could be prepared. What this demonstrates to me is that I am either lazy or understanding how business works. Without a big staff of course, every expense entry made me cringe because whether you work 40 hours per week for someone else or run a restaurant expenses will make you do a double-take.

Lastly, social media really has grown tremendously over the last few years. The past couple of weeks, social media and awareness have become synonymous on certain issues. Since I am being as proactive as one can be regarding community involvement I will not speak on the situation that occurred in McKinney, Texas because more qualified individuals can debate on the issue. The bottom line is that our dependence on social media has increased and brings dialogue to the forefront quicker in some cases. I’m really looking forward to new products and services that will grow or be introduced to market. Yes, I do not believe in this “TECH BUBBLE” conversation. At the end of the day, whichever site you or I use it serves a purpose for an audience on a daily basis.

*I do not provide investment advice; call your adviser for more information regarding your portfolio.

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South Florida has recently been named the “new silicon valley” and a “tech-hub”. However, during the week of April 7-12, 2015 Jacksonville, Florida was the host of the world’s largest crowdfunding festival.

The One Spark festival launched in 2011 by Elton Rivas, Dennis Eusebio, and Varick Rosete. This is a non-profit organization, which has transformed the Jacksonville area from a college town to a creative and innovative hub for five days. This festival not only changed the perception for residents but entrepreneurs from all over Florida, the United States and abroad from the conversations I had with attendees.

During the festivals five days, 555 entrepreneurs, technology innovators, and music artists this year were vying for a piece of $350,000 in awards.

Jacksonville is the largest city by population in the state of Florida. This provides an environment and foot traffic that is beneficial for all of the creators (entrepreneurs, technology innovator, and music artists) who were presenting during that week.

The festival featured titans of business such as Jack Welch who spoke at the Speaker Summit, which is held on the inaugural day of the festival.

Finding a creator to vote for or contribute funds to was a simple and easy process for an attendee whose interest was sparked when using the mobile One Spark Application. Their app gave a voter the ability to keep on schedule to know when a particular event of interest was beginning and ending. A prefilled map feature of the app benefited everyone who dislikes wandering 20 blocks finding the village food area, which included numerous vendors from around Jacksonville.

My time was spent discovering different and unique entrepreneurs and technology innovators who had uncommon propositions for attendees.

Home Scand, is a Jacksonville based company that provides 3D controlled walkthroughs to real estate clients in under 24hours. To show off their products capabilities, the company used a 360 view of Perdue’s Jacksonville office. Royce Munn CFO provided some great details for potential clients. The service takes about 2hrs on average for a 3000sq ft. home.

ExpenseBite, another innovative software company enables the hospitality industry to utilize their product to track procurement information, monitoring and reporting for an efficient back office. The company already has established clients from Atlanta, Georgia to Jacksonville. When asked about coming down to Miami, Patrick Michaud COO informed me that it is in their in the near future plans.

The military inspired innovators also represented as well. The start-up Lubotics featured a legged robot that was capable of going up and down three to four steps at The Carling luxury apartments lobby area in downtown Jacksonville. Luther Palmer, Phd a professor at the University of South Florida was a crowd pleaser with the creepy legged crawler. He informed me that his company has been in operation for six months. Their objectives during the festival were to receive funding to produce a legged robot capable of being used by the military with increased functionality.

Next year, be sure to add this festival to your calendar as an entrepreneur, technology innovator, music artist, contributor, or attendee. The coverage of the festival will surely continue to grow. Jacksonville being a quick one-hour flight and a 5-hour day-trip by car from Miami only makes this a win-win for whoever is going.

Jean-Desir Fils is a serial entrepreneur and is currently working on starting his next venture. Stay connected with him and learn more. subscribe to his blog. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

Photo credits: @dennishophoto

 

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