I am in Miami until Sunday to figure out if I am going to build my next company from here, while keeping spaces in San Francisco and São Paulo for the team.
Our new investment firm, Atman, will continue to be a connection between Silicon Valley and Latin America. We are just working on a fairly different offering for Limited Partners and Founders which will be shared at the right time.
The energy I feel in Miami is different. It is better, more mature and less papi-chulo goes crazy on a Lambo vibe. Change is coming to this region of the world and there is a special opportunity to be a part of it.
Of course it isn’t Silicon Valley. That said, that Silicon Valley we knew from 2012-2020 is gone anyway. A new one will emerge. California is not dead and I love that state.
Without a lot of effort I managed to pack a positive agenda with wonderful people, founders and investors. It reminds be of SF right when Ed Lee changed the tax structure to bring $TWTR downtown.
Naturally, after 18 months of COVID there is enthusiasm behind sunshine, freedom and fantastic weather.
Miami might be the next California.
Ps - As os this writing I did not spot any human feces, needles and homeless camps on the streets. That feels nice.
Starting to do intermittent fasting has been one of the most impactful habits of my life. It made me realize that I've always had bad eating habits.
Once a week, right after a formal turndown, I get a founder asking me if I can introduce them to other investors. This is a weak and stupid ask.