New 🎧 Interview: Miami Mayor Francis Suarez

The Flywheel took its talents to South Beach to find out why Miami is the new hotspot for tech talent.

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Hi friends! There is no article today; instead, I wanted to share with you the extremely cool opportunity I had to meet Miami’s Mayor and Twitter phenom Francis Suarez.

Suarez has been all over tech Twitter recently recruiting tech and VC talent to Miami, and I couldn’t resist getting in on the fun.

I knew there was a slight chance the mayor would reply with a 40 Year Old Virgin GIF, but I was still pretty surprised to see it actually happen.

I grew up in South Florida and was already planning a road trip and lengthy stay at my parents’, and so the mayor’s reply set the stage:

Finally on February 3rd I met Mayor Suarez face to face in his office in Coconut Grove. We chatted about Miami’s flywheels, inequality, climate change, and how recruiting new tech talent to party in the city where the heat is on plays into all of the above.

We had about 20 minutes to talk, and I recorded the audio on my iPhone, but I hope you enjoy my conversation with Francis Suarez.

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A few other items..

Feedback Wanted

I have several article ideas and fantastic interviews lined up for the next 1-2 months, but beyond that the slate is clear. A couple of asks:

  1. Feedback: I opened up a Substack thread where I’d really love your feedback on what you would like to see in upcoming Flywheel posts. You can also find me on Twitter or email me (a reply to this will do!) if you’d prefer.

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  2. Interview guests: if there is anyone you think I should be talking to about their company flywheels, send them my way! I’m looking to fill up the interview schedule for Q2 2021 and beyond and would love any suggestions or introductions you guys have.

Suggested Reading

A couple of newsletters I’ve been enjoying lately:

  1. Climate and Money is written by my good friend and fellow Liverpool die-hard Owen Woolcock. Owen has done a lot of different things in his life—he’s been a diplomat, Googler, and even an Aussie-rules football physio—and combines his varied set of experiences with his current one as a researcher at Harvard to examine some very fundamental questions about climate change and the economy.

  2. Brands Mean a Lot is a once-a-week commentary on the ways branding impacts our lives written by Jared Holst. Each week, he explores contradictions within the way politics, products, and pop-culture are branded for us, offering his take on what's really being said. Take a look at his recent post about how GoodRx, the prescription discount company, is anything but.

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That’s it for this edition of The Flywheel. We’ll be back with a regular schedule of posts two weeks from today.