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Fried on Tech- DNA of #CRE, plus Venture Cafe Miami & Natural Life

Episode 554: 03-04-20


Jim Fried and co-host Andreas Senie welcome back Linda Day Harrison, founder of The Broker List, to discuss how to forge ahead in today’s tech-enabled world in the commercial real estate industry, how brokers have evolved, and what it means to brokerage and commercial real estate industry.

Linda Day Harrison is founder of theBrokerList, an interactive, collaborative community of CRE brokers and other professionals, Day Harrison is an expert at forging the kind of productive business relationships that are fundamental to CRE success. Day Harrison was an active CPM and CCIM and traded in her 3-decade career to make finding commercial real estate brokers so much easier. Blogger and CRE influencer, Day Harrison has mastered the art of blogging and the use of social media to push her site to the top of Google search. Named one of the 2018 Women in Commercial Real Estate Tech: The Top 20 Female Leaders and Influencers, by The News Funnel, and Women in Real Estate Tech: The Top CRE Tech Founders & CEOs in 2017 by Real Estate Tech News.

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In the second half of the show highlighting Miami entrepreneurs, Jim talks with Leigh-Ann Buchanan, Esq., Executive Director of Venture Cafe Miami. Venture Cafe exists to grow the ecosystem around entrepreneurs and innovators and connect them to local resources in order for them to scale. Leigh-Ann shares the different opportunities available to entrepreneurs through venture, including their FREE Thursday meet-ups full of advising opportunities, breakout sessions, networking and much more.

Leigh-Ann shares with Jim the reason she moved to Miami from Canada but more importantly the reason she stayed in Miami and what she hopes to build into the community here. She also talks about how she left her career as a successful lawyer to become an integral part of Venture Cafe Miami.

For more information about Thursday meet-ups and other great opportunities through Venture Cafe Miami, visit their website at

Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, Esq., is the founding Executive Director of Venture Café Miami. In this role, she works to facilitate sustainable growth, increased diversity and inclusion, and greater connectivity within Miami’s innovation and entrepreneurial community. Since launching in mid 2016, VCM’s innovation programming has attracted over 30,000 attendees, resulting in content partnerships with 700+ organizations and 1500+ free educational sessions.

Leigh-Ann frequently speaks on and writes about cultivating inclusive innovation communities, experiential leadership development and strategies for social justice innovation. Previously, she served as legal counsel to entrepreneurs, startups and multinational corporations in a wide variety of complex business litigation matters and commercial disputes.

Leigh-Ann is the founder of the Nyah Project, an exclusive fellowship which develops diverse youth leaders from underserved communities through transformative experiences abroad, where 100% of Nyah fellows receive college acceptance and 90% win scholarships.

She has been recognized as a Harvard Business School Young Leaders of America (2018); Miami Fellow (2017); Black Enterprise Magazine, Miami Tech Trailblazer (2017); Dade County Bar Association, Woman on the Rise Award (2017); Legacy Magazine, Under 40 Achiever (2017); Miami Girls Foundation (2017); Miami Dade Chamber Young Innovator of the Year (2016); Aspen Institute’s National Working Group on Inclusive Innovation (2016); American Bar Association Top 40 Young Lawyers (2016); Bethune Cookman University, 40 Under 40 (2016); Daily Business Review, Rising Star (2015); Greater Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, HYPE Award finalist (2014); National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division Rising Star Award (2013); and South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders (2013). 

Finally, Jim interviews Gabriel Suarez, Founder of Natural Life Franchise Corporation. Jim learns about their business model, the stores currently in operation and other franchise opportunities available. Jim asks Gabriel the very pressing question about the product knowledge of typical employees of dispensaries and CBD specialty stores and how the employees of Natural Life stand out. Hear Gabriel’s answer to this as well as Natural Life’s commitment to quality, safety and compliance in this tremendous interview!


Episode 554: 03-04-20

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