JSF55: Interview with Rokk3r Labs' Nabyl Charania Nabyl Charania is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Rokk3r Labs. Born 18 months ago, Rokk3r Labs is a company that helps entrepreneurs by providing them with technology and business expert guidance and support. They work with local, Miami, accelerators and incubators. Rokk3r Labs has a team of about 40 people, including 25 developers. They become the team for the entrepreneur. We discuss mentors and partnerships. We chat about the Miami startup scene. Miami is a gateway to latin America. Nabyl is from Kenya, studied in Canada, and now resides in Miami. The ecosystem is very important to Rokk3r Labs. Supporting the community is a crucial part of their business strategy through education and events. Nabyl studied at the University of Waterloo. He has worked with IBM and Compaq. He had a taste of the corporate world, but knew his passion lies in start ups. In the 90's he lived in Europe and worked with a start up specializing in ringtones and SMS billing. In the early 2000's he built a company in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2009, he moved to Miami."People are now realizing that being an entrepreneur is something that is a valid option. You can create your own job.""We are giving people the option to define how they want to build and live their lives." Tips: You have to be able to take that risk. We are in a time when you can be smart about how you take that risk. Do your homework first. Take a deep look at yourself. Are you ready for the uncertainty that entrepreneurship brings? If you are you have to go after it 200%. Nabyl recommends books Venture Deals, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, and Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose. He subscribes to blogs by Paul Graham, Fred Wilson, and Venture Hacks. "Just because you're getting an investment doesn't mean you're done." Contact Nabyl on Twitter @nabylc or from Rokk3rLabs.com Check out Rokk3rTV.co to learn more about the bustling Miami startup scene. Are you a proven founder or co-founder? We would love to speak with you about being a guest on the show. Please email dave at jumpstartfoundry dot com for details. Thanks. Enjoy the show? Please subscribe to our new podcast feed in iTunes, we love your ratings too. You can also subscribe using Stitcher. Jumpstart theme song “DLDN Instrumental (ft. Onlymeith, Mellotroniac)” by: St. Paul from ccMixter.