Is Miami Becoming the New Silicon Valley?

Miami — A Tech Hot Spot in the Making

Several surveys have revealed that almost 80% of professionals working in Miami either rate their work-life as “excellent” or “good”.

Many Miami employers have been offering flexible work schedules to their employees along with the comfort to work from home. This has altered the job scene in the city and it has been very encouraging for job seekers to go and explore the many options on offer.

Miami has been attracting tech investors and venture capitalists for years. It’s not that it has suddenly turned into a tech hotspot. The COVID-19 pandemic situation is what seems to have hastened and quickened the pace for this change.

For one, Miami is less expensive as compared to other US cities like that of New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles.

Also, a lack of state income tax means citizens do not have to bear the burden of high taxes. This not only makes it an attractive “playground” for business activity and growth but also the perfect city to move to for a better quality of living.

Miami’s diverse population and its tropical climate also serve as a big draw.

eMerge Americas Growing into a Worldwide Known Event

One of the premier tech events to connect the Americas, eMerge Americas is the perfect place for entrepreneurs, investors, leading business executives, and decision-makers to meet and exchange ideas.

Started by Manny Medina, eMerge Americas conference features leaders in technology, government, and entertainment.

The event has been to a large extent responsible for transforming Miami into the tech hub of the Americas. The 2019 eMerge Americas event attracted more than 16,000 attendees from 400 participating companies and over 40 countries.

The event featured high-profile celebrities such as the Miami-born superstar Pitbull, venture investor Steve Case, and English singer-songwriter Imogen Heap.

Slowly growing into a worldwide business event, eMerge Americas conference focuses on trying to draw tech talent to Miami. It is also trying very hard to convince and encourage the region’s graduates to remain in the area and seek opportunities, rather than go outside in search of greener pastures.

In the words of Manny Medina, “People ask me, ‘How are you going to compete with Silicon Valley?’”. “We’re not competing, we’re complementing.”

CYXTERA Technology and Appgate

Manny Medina always believed in Miami’s potential, especially as a tech hub. He founded Cyxtera Technologies in 2017 in Coral Gables, Florida. The company is a global leader in data center colocation and interconnection services.

Soon his Miami-based cybersecurity company Appgate, a spinoff of Medina’s Cyxtera Technologies, will become a publicly traded tech company valued at $1 billion.

Appgate has more than 360 employees and provides cybersecurity solutions for private enterprises and government entities. Some of its high-end clients include Norwegian Cruise Lines and Fifth-Third Bank.

Francis Suarez’s Initiative to Bring Tech Companies to Miami

Not only have venture capitalists and entrepreneurs trusted and believed in Miami’s potential, the Mayor of the city, Francis Suarez too has thrown his weight behind the city’s growth and transformation.

Though the Coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the rate of migration from cities like New York and Los Angeles to Miami, what spurred the interest locally was a tweet to which Francis Suarez responded, “How can I help?”

Mayor Suarez is in no way expecting Miami to replace Silicon Valley but instead wants to create Miami as a new tech location in the United States.

The mayor is aware of the fact that there are many companies that are frustrated from paying high taxes and fighting an unfriendly business climate. And it is for them that he is ready to roll out the welcome mat.

“I’m like a college football recruiter,” Suarez said. “My job is to get those people who are putting their foot in the water to get their ankle, their knee, a little more invested in the city.”

Even though the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County produce the most African-American and Hispanic engineers, their futures continues to be at great risk.

Mayor Suarez hopes to convert the situation from a “brain drain” to a “brain gain.”

nQuery Communications and the Miami Connection

The push to turn Miami into the next tech startup hub has been going on for long. Miami is also the city the founder of nQuery Emilio Diaz grew up in. He founded nQuery over 12 years ago and has been witness to the many peaks and valleys that his city has been through. But this time even he is convinced that the time is not far when Miami will emerge as the new tech hotspot.

The current COVID-19 era coupled with the flexibility to work remotely are some factors that have caused the drive to gather momentum.

One cannot deny that Miami is a city of many qualities — from having one of the most diverse populations to being the bridge that binds Latin America to the US. Though the city has been more popular for its glittering nightlife and sunny beaches, Miami also promises to be a more business-friendly region.

With a large number of high-profile companies moving to the city, Miami’s startup and tech ecosystem is looking promising for sure. Many experts believe that in the next 5 to 10 years most cities will look like what Miami is now.

12 Years of nQuery Serving Businesses

“Miami has been so resilient over the years and as it continues to grow and develop many businesses are realizing what I have known my entire career. Miami is an amazing city where you can grow a business, build a great family life and have an unbelievable time doing it.  The word seems to be getting out and it’s amazingly exciting to see my Miami become a world class city” says Emilio.

nQuery for the past 12 years has been serving businesses of all types and sizes. Our mission and business philosophy – we are business centric; we do not believe in the sell and run mind-set. When you become a client of ours we will own the responsibility of managing your technology needs for a lifetime.

A Florida-based company, nQuery has been serving clients across the world. As technology advisors, we provide specialized consulting for immediate issue resolution and industry best pricing and terms.

Having served locally for more than a decade we are familiar with Miami’s business environment and the city’s many highlights. From interacting and negotiating with local vendors to offering technology and office services and products, nQuery has been helping businesses operate quickly in Miami.

Some of the services rendered by nQuery include:

Cloud-Based Business Phone Systems & Internet Services: nQuery helps you understand which is the best internet service and cloud-based phone system for your business. To make sure you’ve opted for the best solution we identify the most appropriate business phone system and internet service to suit your operations. We plan the infrastructure your business needs and create a customized solution for you. Our VoIP consultants work with you to find your company the ideal and cost-effective supplier.

Call Center Services: We help you decide whether it is an on-premise call center that you should opt for or choose a cloud-based call center for your business. Choosing between on-premise and cloud-based call center solutions can be extremely time-consuming and costly. To ease your troubles our consultants at nQuery guide you and help you make the appropriate choice that best suits your business. Our call center solutions use the best technology, and are on time and on budget.

Let nQuery Handle All Your Technology Needs

Planning to set up business in the Magic City but not sure where to begin? nQuery has the answer to all your migration problems and can assist you in a smooth and seamless transition to Miami.

Whether you are seeking assistance with phone & internet services, Cybersecurity, Network Infrastructure, Data Center, and Migration Projects and Managed Services, nQuery brings the best technology to you. We provide solutions that suit your business and fit your budget.

As advisors with over 100 strategic provider partnerships, we help your business design, source, and manage its communication needs to maximize productivity and minimize costs.

Our consultants first reach out to you and understand what it is that your business requires. Once the needs and issues are realized, nQuery gets in touch with its leading vendors to customize and create the best solution for your business.

Our global expertise in servicing all sizes and types of businesses gives us the advantage of being able to handle almost any communication and IT challenge and come up with the most appropriate and cost effective solution for you.

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I have worked with the nQuery team for over 7 years now. They have been a valued asset and trusted advisor for me in the telephony space. Through the years they have expanded their service portfolio to meet my needs. nQuery will always be at the table when I am making my technology decision.

Leterron Lewis, Director of Information Technology, Palm Medical Centers

Emilio and Rafael got us set up with our business internet and VoIP phone system and were great to work with. They responded quickly and made sure to get us up and running as smoothly as possible. Rafael routinely follows up to ensure we have no issues and remain satisfied with the services we use.

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Emilio and the nQuery team are not only really good at what they do, but they are a truly caring and ethical company. They can find the best service provider solutions without charging you for this valuable consulting. If you think that you might be spending too much money on phone and internet service, or if you’re just tired of being on hold and shuffled around by Comcast and AT&T, you seriously need to give nQuery a call.

Diane Moura, ZenChange Management Consulting

Emilio and his team at nQuery were instrumental in helping us make the right move to a better internet service provider. They did all the legwork and presented the pros and cons of each option while serving as liaison to ensure the migration was seamless. We highly recommend Emilio and the team at nQuery for their professionalism and knowledge.

Leo Gonzalez, Sharp Insurance Agency

nQuery Solutions assisted with the evaluation process of the bank’s telecommunication requirements. Emilio and his team demonstrated their in-depth expert knowledge of the telecommunication industry and were able to provide an array of viable alternatives. After the evaluation process concluded, nQuery’s post sales support was exemplary as they were engaged throughout the implementation phase. I regard Emilio and nQuery Solutions as a trusted advisor.

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About the Author:

Emilio Diaz
As the founder of nQuery Communications, Emilio Diaz uses his 25+ years of experience in the technology business to help build cost-effective communications and technology solutions for businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government institutions. His experience as an innovative technology entrepreneur and a long-term business owner gives him intuitive insight to help boost productivity and maximize future growth. You can reach Emilio at or call 305-910-2324.

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