Miami: beach parties, gators on golf courses...and new tech hub?

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Miami is becoming a tech powerhouse, with tech sector workers in the city having increased by 40% between 2012 and 2018.

Miami is famous for beach parties, gators that wander onto golf courses and iguanas that tumble out of palm trees.

While still lagging behind San Francisco and New York, the Florida city is trying to position itself as a tech hub, and already has its first"unicorns" under its belt. They include ParkJockey, which has disrupted the car parking sector, and Magic Leap, which takes users into the world of augmented reality.

"Not everyone comes from Stanford or Columbia, from MIT, and has their own 'network' built up in San Francisco," said Laura Gonzalez-Estefani, a former Facebook executive and co-founder of TheVentureCity. Her goal too is to"connect resources and expertise from Silicon Valley with Latin America and the Southeast United States."Miami is already an international city, home to a diverse mix of Latinos and Europeans who can snack on Cuban croquettes or cross the street and find Russian"syrnikis," pancakes stuffed with cottage cheese.

Additional draws include low taxes, a lower cost of living compared to San Francisco and New York, and a pleasant climate -- if you don't mind hurricanes.


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