As many of you may have heard, Wifi and I will be stepping into new roles as “Ambassadors in Residence” of The LAB Miami. While questions have arisen regarding our future presence at The LAB, rest assured that we are as committed as ever to the project, our vision, our members, and the greater Miami community.
Throughout 2013, The LAB Miami experienced explosive growth – adding new members and hosting 3-4 events every week - which could not have been possible without the help of our members and community partners. Today, we see The LAB’s bustling work areas and packed events as a testament to a true tech hub brewing in South Florida. Yet, as we endeavor to bring The LAB brand to a wider audience, we must ensure sustainability for what has brought us to this point – our flagship in Wynwood.
The Managing Director will bring the same daily dedication to The LAB that Wifredo and I have shown since we opened – ensuring that there is a place to work, and a venue to host events, for Miami’s innovators. Along with Tamara (our operations guru) and a dedicated group of part-timers and residents, the Managing Director will ensure that the membership experience is top quality and that our event calendar continues to burst at the seams.
In freeing us up from day to day responsibilities, Wifi and I can then pursue opportunities to increase The LAB’s presence outside of our four walls in Wynwood. Whether it’s bringing code education to districts out west, evangelizing for our members at various tech conferences & summits, or creating a network of spaces that enable our members to travel as needed while knowing they have LAB nearby, Wifi and I will continue to play a major role in evolving our brand.
You will still find us with our legs kicked up on the pallet coffee table. You will still find us facilitating introductions and providing feedback on beta versions and prototypes. And you will still find us roaming the space searching for a chat and lending inspiration. We’ve worked tirelessly to establish new norms through collaboration and openness – a job that will always require our attention and a job that we are committed to for life.
The shift in our roles is not the end of an era or departure from our vision – it’s the cracking of a cocoon, the hatching of an egg, the first sprout in an infinite field of possibilities. Wifi and I are excited to be entering our new roles as Ambassadors and are eager to reach larger audiences with tales from Wynwood. While it may have come as a shock, we assure you that the only focus is on keeping our course steady and continuing to cultivate innovation at The LAB.
We would be happy to continue this conversation with anyone or answer any questions you may have. We are here for you – always have been and always will be – and look forward to Learning, Acting, and Building by your side for years to come.
Danny, Wifi, Tamara & The LAB Miami Team