Tech Scene Can Thrive

One of the missions of SFBW is to highlight new and emerging companies in the technology field. While I love real estate, tourism and retail, our region has long needed to diversify from these industries.

That’s why I’m pleased not only with the cover story on Tech Runway in this issue, but our report on the South Florida Technology Alliance’s “Web Turns 20” event.

Florida Atlantic University was helped with $1 million in state funding to help launch Tech Runway, which should be a great accelerator for new businesses. Let’s hope the Legislature recognizes this by following up with further support.

The array of businesses in the initial Tech Runway group is broad, ranging from better lighting systems and high heels to an international shipping concept and a social media app that pays charities when you move around.

If even a fraction of the companies that come through Tech Runway – and the region’s other accelerators and incubators – take off, it will go a long way to creating new jobs.

The “Web Turns 20” panel’s past accomplishment go a long way towards dispelling the notion that the region can’t exhibit leadership in technology. We had not only the largest web hosting company here, but the world’s most cutting-edge internet on-ramp and the pioneering effort in the world of fantasy sports. What’s even more impressive is how entrepreneurs Manny Medina, Mike Levy, Scott Adams and Colin Campbell are involved in new exciting ventures. Adams actually has an office in the Tech Runway space.

A final note, SFBW has its first major awards program this November – the Apogee Awards at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale.  We will have 24 honorees from all levels of the C-Suite: Chairman, CEO, COO, President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and top HR executive. If you are reading this column before Nov. 6, you can get tickets online at apogee.lmgfl.com/apogee-awards-tickets.



The names for Smoke Inn owner Abe Dababneh’s name and Havana Cellars cigars were incorrectly spelled in the October issue.  The correct website for Sindicato Cigars is sindicatocigars.com


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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.