eMerge’s Medina to ring NASDAQ closing bell

eMerge Americas founder Manny Medina gave out some eye-popping numbers at a press conference on Monday morning.

The event will draw 10,000 attendees from 50 countries and 500 companies, he said. It’s being held at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

eMerge is getting a big boost from a partnership with NBC, which will use an array of networks, including CNBC, to highlight the technology conference to millions of viewers globally.

Medina will ring the NASDAQ closing bell remotely from the conference at 4 p.m. on Monday.

Medina joked that it was ironic that he never got to ring the bell when he was running a public company – Miami’s Terremark Worldwide, which he sold to Verizon (NYSE: VZ) – but was getting the chance to do so now. Joining him in ringing the bell will be performer Pitbull, a Miamian who is also a tech enthusiast.

Asked about how well the conference is doing for technology what Art Basel has done for culture in South Florida, Medina said, “We are progressing at a dizzying speed.” Noting that relatively few people collect art, he added, “I’ve always felt this event will be much bigger and impactful to our community. What this does affects everyone – individual, corporations and government.

Education is a major factor is well. Medina said all the local universities from Palm Beach south are participating in eMerge. He’s also seeing alumni of local universities moving back to the region as they perceive the upswing in the region’s technology scene.

Nobody use to think about Miami as a tech hub, he says. “You think Miami – mojito.”

One of the strength as the region grows as a tech hub is that it is very welcoming, Medina said. “Whether you are from east Europe or Brazil you are very welcome. Silicon Valley is much more difficult.”

You May Also Like

New AI Software and Tech News Source Launched by Miami Company

Neon Flux has established itself as a top-performing player in incubating and accelerating digital brands.

New Partnership Paves Way for Miami-Dade’s First Virtual Production LED Studio

It will be the largest in South Florida, offering immersive real-time environments, Unreal Engine, and in-camera motion tracking and rendering.

Amerified Launches in Miami to Aid Discovery of U.S. Manufactured Products

The main goal of the tech start-up is to support and enhance the acquisition of construction and infrastructure goods.

Tabit Technologies Opens Office in Miami

A Miami office with nearly 5,5500 square feet will operate as the new corporate headquarters for Tabit Technologies, a mobile-first hospitality platform. Tabit’s software implements mobile technology to provide a business process-oriented

Other Posts

Miami Real Estate Company Forms Partnership With California Tech Company

Aiming to revolutionize the Miami luxury real estate industry, Alyssa Morgan (pictured) recently launched her new real estate company, The Inside Network. The new business was created in partnership with San

Two Companies Join Boca Raton Innovation Campus

Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC), a fast-growing technology and life sciences hub in Boca Raton, recently reached lease agreements with two companies to continue its expansion efforts. The new tenants

TSC Miami Receives Investment From Trilantic North America

Trilantic North America, a private equity firm, recently completed a substantial growth investment in TSC Miami. The investment is being made in partnership with TSC’s founding team, namely Billy Koorse, his

Levan Center of Innovation in Broward Forms Strategic Collaboration With Space Foundation

The Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation (Levan Center of Innovation) has formed a new strategic collaboration with the Space Foundation. The partnership will enable the Space Foundation to create programming

Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.