About Brian Breslin (Serious Version) (Updated 05/2019)
Brian is the Director of The Launch Pad at the University of Miami. At The Launch Pad, Brian teaches, mentors, and supports the university’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Brian is co-founder of SimCase, an education technology startup revolutionizing the in class experience for thousands of students across higher education. SimCase partners with top tier business schools to bring world class content to students globally.
Brian Breslin is a long time serial web entrepreneur, having started his first business online at age 14 in 1996. Over the years Brian has been involved in a number of different startups and enterprises. Brian’s primary business, Infinimedia, inc. was founded in the late 1990s as a web design firm, and has evolved over the years into a world class software development firm working with numerous Fortune 500 clients.
Brian is most widely known for his involvement in shaping the South Florida tech community through RefreshMiami, the Non-Profit organization he founded in 2005. Refresh has become the largest networking and educational organization in the state of Florida focused on technology and entrepreneurship. Over 9,000 people participate in Refresh Miami’s community, with over 4,000 attending Refresh’s events in 2014 alone.
Brian has won numerous awards, including the Miami Herald 30 under 40 business leaders, Power 30 under 30, as well as the Technology Organization of the year from Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce.
Brian has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (2016), and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Politics at the University of Virginia (2004).
About Brian (First person, non-serious version, though all true)
I got into this business 20 years ago (as of 2017) at the age of 14. I was always into computers, and had been fascinated by the nascent World Wide Web and the awesome things we could find on first Prodigy/Compuserve, then AOL. Yeah, AOL.
I started by reverse engineering websites I found to figure out how they worked. This led me to start my own websites, and start designing them. While a teenager at Coral Gables Senior High (class of 2000), I launched Mac-Mania.com which was one of the early Mac news sites. At one point around 1997, pushing a quarter million visitors a month (at 15), I launched a few other sites (MacGamez.com, iMacOnline/iBookOnline, Macinstart.com) and hired a few people to write content for my then website (which would be called a blog by today’s standards- note the word blog or weblog didn’t exist yet). Infinimedia was born out of this website publishing empire, as it served as my umbrella for corporate purposes.
Fast forward to 2000, the market for advertising was falling out, and I decided to shutter the sites I was running, despite them being profitable for three years running. I packed up my stuff, and headed off to Charlottesville, Virginia to go to attend the University of Virginia. While at UVA my focus shifted away from the web as I studied international politics and worked on my degree in Foreign Affairs (Western Europe focus). I still kept an eye on the web scene, but not quite as actively as before. I wrote a few business plans for various project ideas, though none very seriously.
After graduating in 2004, I rebooted Infinimedia and set out to build a more modern version of what I had run during the previous decade. So the new Infinimedia was supposed to be an umbrella company for my startup ideas which I had planned to build. The only problem with this, was I had to bootstrap, and to bootstrap I needed to do work for others to raise enough cash to invest into my own ideas. So that is how our client services began, and we managed to turn that into a relatively lucrative business. The client services arm has allowed us to invest into various projects which otherwise would have been nothing more than tinkerings on a white board.
Since the reboot in 2004, I have tinkered with hundreds of ideas, as my godaddy domain account can attest, and I’ve settled on a few of them.
In fall of 2014, I enrolled in the EMBA program at Kellogg at Northwestern University, which I should be completing in Spring 2016.
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