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Miami Mayor Tries to Build a Tech Mecca, One Tweet at a Time

His powers in City Hall are limited, but Francis Suarez has become Miami’s most visible, and ambitious, booster.



Photographer: Rose Marie Cromwell for Bloomberg Businessweek

The viral moment that turned Francis Suarez, the mayor of Miami, into a tech recruiter happened on Dec. 4, shortly before 9 p.m. Miami time. On Twitter, Delian Asparouhov, a Founders Fund venture capitalist, had mused: “ok guys hear me out, what if we move silicon valley to miami”?

“How can I help?” Suarez responded.