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Brainfood @ The LAB w/ Manny Medina

October 21 @ 6:30 pm 9:30 pm 

| $50

Homegrown Homerun

Exiting a world class company in Miami – a conversation with Manny Medina

Mr. Medina will lead discussion on building and exiting a multi-billion dollar company and growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Florida.


  • 6:30-7:00pm – Registration & Networking
  • 7:00-7:30pm – Keynote Interview moderated by Marco Giberti
  • 7:30-8:00pm – Audience Q&A
  • 8:00-8:30pm – Wrap-up & Networking

More about the Speakers

Manuel D. Medina (Guest Speaker)

Mr. Medina has more than 30 years of experience as a highly successful businessman with expertise in areas including technology, finance, international business, and government contracting.

Mr. Medina was the Founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Terremark Worldwide, Inc., a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ until April of 2011 when Terremark was acquired by Verizon. Under his leadership, Terremark distinguished itself as the leading global provider of managed IT infrastructure services for Fortune 500 enterprises and federal government agencies. At Terremark, Mr. Medina brought his vision to deliver a comprehensive set of best-of-breed IT infrastructure services from purpose-built, carrier-neutral data center facilities to fruition.

Mr. Medina began his career in 1974 as a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He founded Terremark in 1980 and undertook complex infrastructure projects throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Mr. Medina’s vision transformed Terremark from a commercial real estate company into a global technology leader. His track record of successfully raising funds across the entire capital structure during periods of rapid change in the macroeconomic environment was vital to Terremark’s successful growth. He raised over $1 billion for Terremark, expanded its industry leading services globally, and stewarded it through the very difficult financial environments in 2000, 2008 and to an ultimate sale to Verizon for an enterprise value of $2 billion.

Mr. Medina has been recognized with accolades from many business and community organizations for his leadership and community service. He is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from technology trends and global business to entrepreneurship and has served as either a keynote speaker or panelist at large conferences and IT industry tradeshows. Mr. Medina’s leadership in the IT industry and insightful analysis of market trends have resulted in appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business as well as interviews with internationally recognized media outlets on topics such as the rising adoption of cloud computing, cybersecurity and the dynamics driving key government IT initiatives.

Medina is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Technology Foundation of the Americas and the visionary behind the foundation’s mission to establish Miami as the technology hub of the Americas. In May 2014 the foundation hosted the inaugural eMerge Americas technology conference, the preeminent innovative thought exchange connecting global industry leaders and investors with top business executives, IT decision-makers, and innovative entrepreneurs. The event attracted more than 6,000 attendees, over 400 participating organizations, 115 innovative startup companies, and participants from over 30 countries from Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Mr. Medina received his Bachelor‘s Degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.


Marco Giberti (Moderator)

Mr. Giberti is a successful entrepreneur and angel investor with more than 20 years of intensive experience in marketing and communications with focus on the media, internet and events industry. After several years in a successful career as a corporate executive at Apple computers, Mr. Giberti decided to give free rein to his entrepreneurial spirit and became:

• Co-founder and Board Member of Mind Opener, a leading publishing group in Latin America that was later sold to British Pearson Media Group, and
• Co-founder and Board Member of e-mind, an internet and media communications company that was sold to Liberty Media.
• President, CEO and co-founder of Mind Trainer, a firm specialized in the organization of major regional trade-shows and events.

After a very successful growth, regional expansion and partnerships, including a long term relationship with E.J.Krause, Reed Elsevier bought a controlling position in the business in the year 2005, and Mr. Giberti became its president and regional partner for the events and trade show division in Latin America.Over the course of his business career, Mr. Giberti has been awarded a number of distinctions in his field, including, among others, Entrepreneur of the year Award and was named one of the top 100 most influential people on the global convention and exhibition business by the Trade Show Week magazine. Mr. Giberti is a Harvard Business School OPM Graduate, and member of YPO, the Young Presidents Organization.


Brainfood @ The LAB is a monthly, hands-on discussion with successful entrepreneurs, investors, and CEOs from around the world. These monthly gatherings will help local startups and entrepreneurs understand the opportunities and challenges of launching and growing a business. Every participant will leave with a wealth of new ideas and key, practical advice to advancing one’s own entrepreneurial career. 


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October 21, 2014
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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The LAB Miami
400 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127 United States
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