Startups join forces with Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez to highlight Miami’s tech industry

Event attendees recognize haku for best pitch
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(PR NewsChannel) / January 31, 2014 / MIAMI 

Rep Jose Javier RodriguezLalchandani Simon, a Miami-based technology law firm, teamed up with EveryMundo, an international digital marketing agency, and Florida State Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez on Wednesday night to celebrate Miami’s technology sector. “Helping to grow the startup community in Miami is the smartest thing in the world,” explained Representative Rodriguez in his opening words to the audience.  “Elected and business leaders need to work together to foster economic growth through the type of innovation on display here tonight,” he later stated.  

As part of the event, Lalchandani Simon held a “shark-tank” style pitch contest to celebrate the tech culture in Miami and to highlight our many promising start-ups. Six teams pitched their companies to a standing-room-only crowd of Miami’s cutting edge business community. The start-up haku, a state-of-the-art platform that facilitates the organization of endurance events, emerged as the victor after attendees voted.  The winning company was founded by brothers Carlos and Jose Escobar. Lalchandani Simon PL

“I am so honored to be included in such an impressive and distinguished group of entrepreneurs,” stated contest winner Carlos Escobar, CEO of haku.  ”Miami is cultivating a rapidly growing tech and startup scene, which is helping to retain local talent and attract foreign investment,” he continued.  

Along with haku, five other Miami technology startups participated in the event:

•  funds and supports startups that are making cities smarter;

•  is a prescription drug price comparison site that enables consumers to reduce  health care costs;

•           WalkMore is data science company that helps banks predict profitability of customers based on algorithms including various health and financial metrics;

•           LeanerNation is a cloud based SAAS Adaptive Educational Software servicing 63,827 users across 2,300 organizations in over 58 countries; and

•           Posto7 is the best way to share your favorite restaurants, bars and hotels with only your closest friends.

The participants also demonstrated Miami’s burgeoning culture of technology work-places.  They hailed from well-known shared-space work places such as the MEC 261, Pipeline Brickell, the LAB Miami, and the University of Miami’s Miami Innovation Center.  

About State Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez: State Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez is a Cuban-American attorney who grew up in Miami.  After graduating from Harvard Law in 2006, Rep. Rodriguez has dedicated his career to serving the community.  He currently represents District 112 in the Florida House, which includes much of the City of Miami, part of the City of Coral Gables and the Village of Key Biscayne.  He serves on six House Committees: Civil Justice, Rules, Health Quality, Local & Federal Affairs, Finance & Tax, and the Select Committee on PPACA.  He was appointed Democratic Deputy Whip for 2012-2014.  For more information, please visit  

About Lalchandani Simon: Lalchandani Simon PL is a specialized law firm designed to assist both mature and start-up businesses protect their intellectual property, raise capital, expand operations, and engage in any necessary litigation.   Lalchandani Simon guides clients through the constantly changing legal environment resulting from advances in technology, social media, electronic information compliance and intellectual property protection.  Lalchandani Simon has counseled several Internet-based and traditional “brick & mortar” companies on legal issues affecting online business strategies, asset protection, and electronic information compliance.  To learn more about Lalchandani Simon, please visit  To contact the firm, please call (305) 999-5291 or e-mail .   

Political advertisement paid for and approved by Jose Javier Rodriguez, Democrat, for State Representative, District 112. 

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