Reflections on Miami so far👇

1/ This city makes me feel shameless. I can wear anything, dance on the street, wear nothing, shout at the top of my lungs, and nobody will blink an eye. This is liberating!
2/ SF sells efficiency, but Miami sells entertainment. The connection to consumer trends & what’s hot & what will sell feels reminiscent of LA.

By contrast, SF focuses on optimizing inefficiencies in consumers’ lives, which can be shortsighted.
3/ There is zero science. Every time I’ve discussed a technical subject in depth, it’s been with a Bay Area native.

I can’t imagine building a company that requires hard technical innovation here. The non-SF-native technical conversations have been inane.
4/ This city will be a hub for behavioral innovation, not technological innovation.

Fast-growing consumer apps & consumer packaged goods, not self-driving cars or robotics.
5/ I encounter aspiring musicians everywhere: driving Ubers, lounging on the beach, chilling at bars. At least 5 musicians have walked up to me and struck up a conversation and played me their SoundCloud.

There’s a wonderful creative, “up and coming” energy.
6/ There’s a lot of name-dropping and arbitrary exclusivity. In SF, status is about whether you’re working on an ambitious project. In Miami, status is about whether you got invited to the hottest party.
7/ People have incredible hustle. There’s a fair amount of dealmaking in hotel bars.

It’s also teeming with VCs. Maybe it’s because I’m here during what’s essentially a tech conference, but I’m seeing investors pitching LPs in nearly every hotel bar I work out of.
8/ You can work with a laptop anywhere. In SF, I get the evil eye for pulling my computer out in a cafe. In Miami, I’ve been working out of restaurants and hotel bars - people are very friendly and leave me alone. There’s less scarcity - there’s plenty of seating and space.
9/ It’s a night owl’s paradise. The nights are beautiful, and encourage being outside & out late with others. The days are hot, and encourage sleeping in without feeling like you’ve missed anything.
10/ It’s very loud! Motorcycles revving, planes flying overhead, hip hop or Latin American music blasting.

Being outside makes me want to dance, sing, be free. But it also makes me less inclined to stay in my room reading papers or learning a new field.
11/ Women get propositioned while at professional events. (Perhaps men, too! But I just haven’t seen that.) Very odd! Not something I’m used to seeing anymore. Perhaps the flip side of shamelessness.

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