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August 02, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Southeast Shoutouts | New “Barbie Dream Office” opens in Miami co-working facility

The Harbor Entrepreneur Center hosted the grand opening of its new 40,000-square-foot facility in Mount Pleasant, SC.

From Charlotte:

Charlotte Inno reports that VentureSouth has named a veteran of the local entrepreneurial community as Director of VentureSouth-Charlotte.

Dan Roselli began the new job on July 1. He co-founded Packard Place, a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation; co-founded Queen City Fintech; and currently serves as Managing Director and Co-Founder of RevTech Labs, a Charlotte-based accelerator. He will continue to hold his position at RevTech Labs.

VentureSouth, which is an early-stage investor, lists 20 markets in which it operates. The closest are Asheville, NC, and Chattanooga.

From Charleston, SC:

The Harbor Entrepreneur Center hosted the grand opening of its new headquarters on August 2. The new location features more than 40,000 square feet of collaborative space located in the heart of Mount Pleasant. The building will also serve as the new headquarters for Dig South, the organization that sponsors the annual “Dig South Tech Summit” in the City of Charleston.

From Merritt Island, FL:

Amazon has announced plans for a $120 million investment at the Kennedy Space Center. It is related to Project Kuiper, Amazon’s satellite broadband network designed to increase global high-speed broadband access through a constellation of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit.

Project Kuiper will begin satellite production at a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kirkland, WA, by the end of this year. The new satellite-processing facility in Florida will be used to receive those satellite shipments, conduct final preparations ahead of launches, connect satellites to custom dispensers from Beyond Gravity, and integrate the loaded dispensers with launch vehicles.

The facility is also the latest in a series of Amazon investments in the U.S. space and satellite industry and in the state of Florida. Amazon has secured 77 heavy-lift launch vehicles to deploy its satellite constellation, most of which will be provided by U.S. launch providers Blue Origin and ULA, and launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

From Miami, FL:

Has the Barbie craze impacted your world? Well, at least one co-working company has jumped on the Barbie bandwagon. Miami Inno reports that Quest Workspaces, the largest women-owned co-working firm in the country, designed a “Barbie Dream Office”  that can be rented at no cost until August 31 and for $1955 a month starting September 1. Located in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami, the pink and glitter-bedazzled office opened as the much-hyped movie “Barbie” hit the big screens on July 21.

“The co-working space features a variety of items designed to uplift occupants with Barbie-inspired cheer,” according to the article. “That includes a glossy desk, a diamond-tufted pink swivel chair, pink accent chairs with sequin throw pillows, and a vintage rotary phone.”

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