Two Popular Technology Groups Will Merge
By John P. Hernandez
The Tuesday Network group and the Miami Internet Alliance, prominent volunteer Internet and technology organizations, are merging. A formal announcement is expected this month at the organization’s first joint meeting.
"Both Tuesday Network and the Miami Internet Alliance are well-suited for each other," said Seth Gordon, co-founder of the network. "We are going to basically combine the two organizations keeping true to our mission. The Tuesday Network name may not be kept and, instead, will all just go under the Miami Internet Alliance name."
Mr. Gordon said he and his partner, fellow Tuesday Network founder Steve Watson, will join the board of the Miami Internet Alliance. The board’s current 18 members including Terra-Lycos director of Latin America Gilberto Manresa, Motorola director of Latin America e-business Mauricio Bendeck and Yahoo! director of Latin America sales Harry Neuhaus.
"We have tentatively set our first event date for June 28 and are talking to Miami-Dade Community College’s Wolfson Campus to hold the events there," Mr. Gordon said.
Calls last week to the Miami Internet Alliance were not returned, but at a Latin American Wireless Market event at the J.W. Marriott on Brickell Avenue, Manuel Gonzalez, managing director for the Miami Internet Alliance, confirmed that the organizations are to merge.
Mr. Gordon and Mr. Watson founded Tuesday Network in October 1999 after they read a Wall Street Journal article about a similar organization in London called First Tuesday. Soon after, Mr. Gordon sent e-mails to Internet professionals and organizations inviting them to a casual session at Doc Dammer’s, a British-style pub in the Omni Colonnade Hotel in Coral Gables.
The initial First Tuesday event drew about 50 people. A month later in November, that number grew to 120 and by the summer of 2000, more than 600 people were attending. The events got so popular that Mr. Gordon started holding events in Boca Raton.
"At last count, we had more than 4,800 people register to become members through our Web site and another 4,000-plus who became members by registering with us through other ways like direct e-mails, for example," Mr. Gordon said.
The Miami Internet Alliance is the international arm of the InternetCoast initiative. The non-profit organization conducts research on the impact of Internet-related industries throughout South Florida in conjunction with local organizations.
The Miami Internet Alliance’s monthly networking events draw as many as 400 people in an interactive forum to target ideas and trends in technology and e-commerce.