High Tech, by Miami Today reporter Candice Ventra, condenses
the latest news in the Miami Internet and technical worlds.
Four companies were winners among 11 seeking first- and second-round financing
from investors attending the Vamos Wireless 2001 Venture Market Feb. 12-13 in
Coral Gables, said officials at Latin Venture, a firm that helps companies interested
in entering or developing within Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking markets. Latin
Venture executives said nine of the 11 participating finalists submitted plans
that employ wireless Internet applications for the Latin American market as a
major component of their business models.
WINDWIRE AT TOP:
WindWire of North Carolina, a provider of infrastructure technology for advertising
and marketing on the wireless web, was named first place winner at Vamos Wireless
2001 while two California-based companies tied for second. Wireless-Networks Corp.
develops, installs and manages global e-business network solutions while TelSurf
Networks Corp. is a multi-lingual voice-portal software platform that enables
wireless carriers and service providers to deliver audio content and services
to their subscribers. Latin Data Corp. of Florida, a subscription online service
delivering proprietary, high-end business information and services via wireless
to Latin American executives, took third place. Companies that have presented
their plans during Latin Venture Markets in the past have received more than $45
million in funding. Details: latinventure.com.
FILM ONLINE: The film and entertainment industry will
soon be able to get permits to work in Miami-Dade using the county's new website,
FilMiami.org, say county publicists. Executives at Accris, a county-retained website
development firm, say the site was designed so that production companies from
anywhere in the world, in any time zone, can apply for a permit online and check
its status. The cities of Miami, Miami Beach and Coral Gables are participating
with the county in the project. Eventually, county officials say, they hope all
municipalities will join to make FilMiami a one-stop permit site.
GROVE AGENDA: The Internet, communications and connectivity
are on the agenda at the Interisp ICC-EXPO, being held March 21-23 in the Coconut
Grove Convention Center, 2600 Bayshore Drive. The gathering will feature product
and service exhibits and seminars about cutting-edge Internet and communications