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6+ MiamiTech must-knows: 2023’s hottest stories, Endrock, Maker5, Bird, Venture Miami, Drapers!

• The most-read Refresh Miami stories in 2023 included expansion news, fund raises, and special reports;
• Kaseya’s plan to create 3,400 tech jobs in Miami-Dade was the top-read story;
• Other stories of interest included Amazon looking for office space in Miami, Brightline’s tech-focused offerings, and Miami’s ranking as a top ecosystem.

Endrock Growth and Analytics, a Miami-based consumer analytics and data intelligence agency, has been acquired by Power Digital, a tech-enabled growth marketing firm based in San Diego. The founder of Endrock, Ned MacPherson, will become Chief Growth Officer at Power Digital. The exact purchase price was not disclosed.

DealPulse, a company owned by Maker5 Venture Studio, has announced its intention to acquire Matterhorn Transactions, a provider of deal analytics. The acquisition will enable DealPulse to build structured datasets from internal documents of law firms, eliminating concerns about sharing client data with third-party solutions.

Bird Global, an e-scooter company based in Miami, may auction parts of its business as a way to pay off its debt. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and creditors have agreed to acquire the company in about 90 days.

Venture Miami is hosting The Pickle Games, a pickleball tournament benefiting the Venture Miami Scholarship Fund. The fund provides tuition support to City of Miami residents accepted into STEM or defined-demand occupation programs at participating colleges and universities.

Several Miami-based startups, including Nailstry and Tolka AI Therapeutics, have been selected as finalists to represent the USA in the global pitch competition, Meet the Drapers Season 7. The competition is part of the reality show “Meet the Drapers” where the winning company receives a $1 million investment from venture investor Tim Draper.

Other opportunities highlighted include the Miami-Dade Innovation Authority’s Public Innovation Challenge, eMerge Americas Startup Accelerator and Showcase, and the Synapse Innovation Awards.

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