About Brian Breslin (Serious Version) (Updated 11/21)
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. Over 300 entrepreneurs are supported by The Launch Pad each year.
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 13,000 people participate in Refresh Miami’s community, with over 4,000 attending Refresh’s events in 2014 alone.
Brian was 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 online business at age 14 in 1996. Over the years Brian has been involved in a number of different startups and enterprises. Brian’s longest running business Infinimedia, inc, started as a web design and online marketing business in 1996, and evolved into a logistics software company managing cargo and warehousing functions for fortune 100s.
Brian has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (2016), and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia (2004).
About Brian (First person, non-serious version, though all true)
I got into this business 25 years ago (as of 2021) 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.
In my twenties I launched the first firefox twitter client (TwitBin – sold after reaching 350k users), started one of the first WordPress backup services (PressBackup – sold), launched one of the first social media tracking tools (StartPR – shut down), built a rapid domain search tool (Squurl – sold), and countless other micro software tools.
In my thirties, I shifted focus to building more robust businesses in the education space, taught several courses at Florida International University & University of Miami, and turned my attention to more emerging technologies.
Since then I’ve dabbled in a number of different online businesses, side projects, and other things. I’ve taught hundreds of people how to start their own businesses, and how to build stuff on the web. What’s next is anybody’s guess.
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