By Nancy Dahlberg
1 Kaseya announces it will be doubling its Miami workforce and launching an innovation center.
IT infrastructure management company Kaseya, which bases its U.S. headquarters in Miami, announced today that it will be growing its Miami headcount in the next 15 months by 100 workers. The multinational company also is launching Kaseya Tech Hub, a Miami tech incubator and innovation center.
“Kaseya had an amazing turn-out this morning as we gathered a number of Miami business organizations, community groups and educational institutions to talk about our continued growth and expansion here in Miami, which serves as the home of Kaseya’s U.S. headquarters. Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola spoke about Kaseya's recent $500 million growth investment and $1.75 billion valuation and how we are deepening our commitment to the South Florida region with job and corporate growth -- as well as expanding programs with local educational institutions," said Taunia Kipp, Kaseya's EVP of Corporate Marketing & Communications.
Over the next 15 months, Kaseya plans to hire 100 employees in the Miami area, in part to staff its new customer center that provides training support and helps Kaseya customers grow their businesses, Kipp said. Kaseya currently has just under 1,100 employees globally, 110 of those based in Miami.
"Miami has a tremendous tech talent pool, and we're fortunate to be located in this burgeoning tech market. It won't be long before other tech companies realize the opportunities here in Miami, and when that happens this market will no longer be the best kept tech talent secret in the industry," Kipp said.
The Kaseya Tech Hub is an incubator/innovation hub that partners with local entrepreneurs and other Miami tech companies to give startups access to guidance and mentorship. One of the pilot companies is Kimonus, a SaaS project management platform.
"We have enterprise customers that are really happy with what we built. To be a bootstrapped startup we’re growing well and I’m sure that with the Kaseya boost we’ll grow up faster," said Riccardo Conte, co-founder of Kimonus. Conte relocated his company, now a team of 6, to Miami from Italy last year and met Voccola at a Beacon Council event.
"As people and organizations look beyond traditional tech hubs like Silicon Valley to establish their roots, the Kaseya Tech Hub bolsters efforts to draw talent to Miami, and support those already in our backyard who have the 'next big idea.' We are working closely with the Beacon Council and Miami’s Economic Development to bolster Miami’s tech ecosystem and drive this mission forward," Kipp said.
Kaseya, a Dublin-based company with offices around the world, provides IT infrastructure management solutions for both external service providers — MSPs — and internal service providers such as IT departments. Kaseya announced in May it had raised $500 million from investors including private equity firm TPG and Insight Partners. At the time, Kaseya said the funding would be used, in part, to expand and make more acquisitions -- it has made at least 10 in the last six years.
2 Calling all Venezuelan women entrepreneurs
The Idea Center at Miami Dade College is partnering with CISNEROS to launch FOCUS: Mujeres Emprendedoras, a free 12-week program designed for Venezuelan women entrepreneurs who are based in South Florida and are looking to validate the scalability of their early-stage ventures. Participants will meet on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., at MDC’s Idea Center, starting Sept. 10 until Nov. 26.
By leveraging different methodologies, including Lean Startup, Design Thinking and Business Model Canvas, FOCUS aims to help Venezuelan women entrepreneurs gain self-confidence, be proficient in the process of identifying and validating their assumptions and become more effective collaborators.
The program is targeted to bilingual Venezuelan residents based in South Florida, who are open to feedback; proficient in computing systems and technical applications; have existing ideas or early-stage ventures with expertise in the industry; and monthly sales less than $5,000. Also, entrepreneurs should have availability of $500 to be applied to their ventures as the program progresses.
3 Dalent’s medical device clears FDA for listing
Dalent Medical, a Miami-based company developing innovative devices for Ear, Nose & Throat doctors, announced that the Sinusleeve Balloon Sinus Dilation Sleeve has completed the United States Food and Drug Administration's listing process. The company will begin selling the Sinusleeve balloon device in their home state of Florida to Otolaryngologists immediately. The patended Sinusleeve Balloon is a single-use, disposable, balloon sinus dilation device used for treating chronic sinusitis. Last month, the company announced it had raised $1.5 million from the Miami Angels and other investors.
4 Boca’s 3CInteractive agrees to be acquired
Boca Raton-based 3CInteractive, a mobile marketing company serving enterprise clients, announced it has agreed to be acquired by global communications software provider IMImobile. The combination will expand geographic reach, while the combined products and services will enable delivery of intelligent, multichannel customer communications for leading enterprises worldwide, the company said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
3CInteractive, a leader in the deployment of RCS messaging for brands, has about 100 employees.
"We are incredibly inspired by the opportunities this new relationship unlocks for us. Together we can move faster and with more impact. We'll leverage our strong US presence, client experience, and leadership in RCS Business Messaging while expanding our capabilities with IMImobile's broader set of products and solutions," said 3C Presiden Mike FitzGibbon, president of 3C.
By the way, we chatted with CEO John Duffy in March about building a team, company culture and more. Read it here.
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