We'll be back after Labor Day weekend with new stories. For now we're watching the sun set on summer and taking a short pause on putting out any articles, videos, or social media.
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Photo credit: Ken Deckinger

In all fairness the title of this piece is a bit misleading. There probably isn’t too much fishing involved. Too slow for me. But, as the sun starts to set on summer, the gang here at Startup Cuba is taking a little break for the next two weeks to catch our breath, enjoy the final weeks of warm weather and get our kids ready for school in the age of COVID-19. During this time, we’ll be hanging with our families, taking a mental health pause (which we believe is important for everyone – you too – during this chaotic and challenging period) and preparing our plans for the fall season. We won’t be putting out any articles, videos, or much social media until after Labor Day.

As we take a look back on the summer, we’re thankful to you for your support. It was just three months ago, realizing that our ability to create video content in the field was limited by COVID-19, that we flipped the switch to Startup Cuba’s new written content platform (what you’re reading this on). I also want to thank our team of writers and contributors for coming on the ride with us. They’ve driven the bus out of the gates and have helped to tune our content direction and mission.

I’m excited to see you refreshed and ready to push through the rest of 2020, after we’re back.

After Labor Day weekend, we’ll be back where we left off with great stories and features from the top writers at Startup Cuba. In the meantime enjoy the rest of summer. I’m excited to see you refreshed and ready to push through the rest of 2020, after we’re back.

ken deckinger photo
Photo credit: Ken Deckinger

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Ken Deckinger is the co-founder and CEO of Startup Cuba and the executive producer and host of its namesake docuseries. A native of South Florida, Ken has been an entrepreneur for his entire professional career. Previously he was co-founder and CEO of HurryDate, pioneering the global concept of speed dating to 45 cities throughout the US, UK and Canada. HurryDate eventually evolved into online dating and was acquired by Spark Networks, the parent company of ChristianMingle.com and JDate.com. Ken is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Florida, where he was honored with the University’s Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Under 40 award and sits on the Board for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He actively advises entrepreneurs and is a two-time protagonist of a Harvard Business School case study. Ken’s filmmaking and journalistic journey is inspired by a love of travel and authentic connections with other cultures. He believes that the more we know about each other, through stories, the closer we can become — thus the mission of Startup Cuba: to amplify the voices of the people sharing stories in the Latinx space. After living in New York City for 15 years, he encouraged his wife to move their family to Miami to get back to his South Florida roots. Needless to say, it was a short discussion and he and his family now call Boston, where his wife grew up, their home.

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