High Tech, by Miami Today reporter Candice Ventra, condenses
the latest news in the Miami Internet and technical worlds.
Ericsson has joined the Miami Internet Alliance as a founding member and trustee.
Andre Vanyi-Robin, alliance president, said Ericsson represents 20 markets in
the region as well as having its headquarters here. "Ericsson is focused
on the Mobile Internet," said Alexander Carrizo, Latin American sales director
for the communications supplier. "The potential in Latin America is enormous."
He said his firm expects 75 million mobile subscribers by 2005.
Miami's Conectium, which bills itself as an end-to-end Internet solutions provider,
this week announced it has opened offices in Bogot and Buenos Aires. The developer
of private-label mobile Internet portals for Latin American telcom firms has dual
headquarters offices here and in Caracas.
E-FREELANCERS: Freelance.com held a launch party recently
in the Miami Design District. CEO Alexandre Attal calls his site "an innovative
online professional services network that connects pre-screened freelancers with
Fortune 1000 and market-leading Internet companies." He says three key trends
are changing the workplace outsourcing, the demand for intellectual capital
and the rise of freelancing. The key issue, he says, is not so much a shortage
of talent as accessing that talent hence the need for his service, which
matches buyers and sellers for a fixed fee.
A North Miami Beach-based dot-com called My Shopping Center without the
spaces, of course named Diane Venitelli executive vice president of marketing.
The firm, Ms. Venitelli says, "has come out of the chute very fast. In only
a matter of months, the company has established a dominant national presence."
The company is self-described as a "broadband data and networking service
for shopping centers and merchants," offering site designs with B2B capabilities,
among other things.
Wachovia announced this week that it added two features to its Connection Plus
Internet-based cash management site wireless access and "proactive
notification." Douglas G. Hartsema, executive vice president, called them
innovative steps. Wireless access involved use of a 724 Solutions Financial Services
Platform for corporate customers, he said, while the "proactive" feature
involves e-mail alerts to treasurers and CFOs when company-initiated payments
require approval. Wachovia is due in Miami-Dade early next year through its acquisition
of Republic Security Bank.
SPORTS KICK: Miami's Spanish- and Portuguese-language
sports portal, SportsYA!, announced a partnership with StarMedia Network for a
joint sports site. The pact means SportsYA! has access to StarMedia's audience,
estimated at 18 million. The site will focus on soccer coverage for the most part.