COF 72: Shifting The Image of the Caribbean to a Business Destination with Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

Kirk Anthony Hamilton

Most persons see the Caribbean as just a tourism destination. There’s also this widespread view of it being a poor region that’s lacking in basic infrastructure. However, that’s not the case, and Kirk-Anthony has been dispelling that myth. Kirk-Anthony Hamilton is an architectural designer turned entrepreneur and investor from Kingston, Jamaica. He is the CEO of the Infiniti Partnership, a company connecting opportunities to a dynamic network of people, capital and markets.

“On May 11, 2015 Kirk-Anthony was 1 of 75 Emerging Global Entrepreneurs from around the world selected to be
honored by President Barack Obama at an event hosted at the White House as part of the President’s Global
Entrepreneurship Initiative.” In January of 2016 Kirk-Anthony was selected as 1 of 50 members of the Global
Shapers Community to take part in the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Kirk-Anthony has built a few platforms designed to attract innovation, influence, wealth, and media to the Caribbean to drive investment, partnership and mentorship. He is on a mission to shift the image of the region as a business destination. He has designed two platforms, The Destination Experience and Tech Beach Retreat, for elevating the best organizations within the Caribbean region, highlighting the opportunities for disruption, and bringing the global business ecosystem to the table to form collaborative opportunities.

In this podcast, you’ll hear more about these two platforms and what they’ve accomplished since their start, the role the diaspora plays in helping entrepreneurs in the Caribbean, the industries that young people should be involved in, and more. You’ll hear his thoughts and views on how millennials are treated, the restrictions they face, and how best to overcome this problem to gain acceptance and have a better understanding of today’s society and ever-changing world. This promises to be a very informative interview, so tune in!

Topics Covered

[02:29] What are The Destination Experience and Tech Beach Retreat set up to do? What’s been the outcome since starting these two platforms?

  • The Destination Experience is the flagship. It’s designed to attract global business leaders to the table to meet with local peers.
  • Tech Beach Retreat narrows down specifically to the tech industry. It attracts a group of high quality people from organizations such as Google, PayPal and Facebook. Local and regional startups are also involved.

[06:11] What is your position on the role that the diaspora plays in helping entrepreneurs in the Caribbean or fostering the ecosystem growth from where it is now?

  • Tech Beach targets startups, and one of the key pillars is to be able to sift through and identify diaspora members who have managed to attain a certain level of success.
  • They are able to offer real access to a certain market and can as a gateway between the Caribbean and the market within which they reside (dual role).
  • The best move to make is to pull global resources into the region.
  • Be a true connector with the global marketplace for business.

[10:56] What are some industries that you feel maybe young people should be more involved in? Why aren’t young people as involved in various industries?

  • Every single industry.
  • More young people should be allowed to engage at the highest level and place in various job positions that are leading the way for companies so that they can tap into the market of millennials.

[15:15] What is the landscape like for things to groom young leaders?

  • The negative views about millennials need to change.
  • We live in a hyper-connected world. The level of efficiency that we’re operating in now is different from it was in the 90s.
  • We have to be accepting of the shift of how things have changed.

[27:30] Are there any programs in place in the Caribbean to have leadership development in preparation for when those opportunities do come?

[33:17] What should we look forward to with the Tech Beach even coming up in November and December? Where can they find more information about the events?

  • techbeach.net and email kirk@techbeach.net
  • A variety of leaders will be present and it offers the opportunity to connect with a wide array of leaders.
  • Centered around access, fun, exciting, and awesome place to meet entrepreneurs and innovators in the tech space

[39:16] What is your last word to the audience and to the community of friends when it comes to looking at the region as an area ripe for innovation and for investments? What’s one main takeaway?

  • Economic prosperity is a real possibility.
  • The Caribbean is well poised for economic growth through a number of factors, such as geographical location.

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  • Identity
    by MerInDC from United States

    Personal, nuanced, and layered discussion of being Caribbean and Caribbean American. Love it!

  • Love it
    by Precilla C from United States

    I can truly identify with this topic

  • Representation
    by cgp0316 from United States

    Kerry-Ann, I am so thankful for your podcast. As a Jamaican who moved to the US before adulthood, and is trying to find a way to build a legacy that serves both cultures, it’s really inspirational to hear stories from others who are trying to do the same. Charmaine Gray Matthews Project

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    This podcast feels like your comfy favorite blanket - familiar, comforting and warm. As a person of Carribean decent it's refreshing to hear a podcast dedicated to our stories.

  • This feels like home
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    I LOVE that this is a place where the unique reality of being Caribbean American is celebrated. It is comforting to hear others that I can do specifically relate to. I love that it is informative and fun in a way that only a Caribbean American can do. It really is a great marriage of the cultures!

  • Great discussions and topics
    by ChanelStew from United States

    I love that this podcasts speaks to professional growth with the Caribbean population in mind. Who else tells us how to be unique in culture in a work world that isn't expecting is. Getting insights from people that I may never have heard from. Thank you, and as a Black American but wouldn't change a thing about this podcast.

  • It was a pleasure to be a guest on the show!
    by Rana Campbel from United States

    My experience interviewing with Kerry-Ann was fabulous. Love what she is doing on the show and think that she has a unique gift for pulling out gems while still staying true to the Caribbean Spirit of the podcast! Would highly recommend to my fellow Caribbean Americans 🙂

  • Great Info!
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    I'm loving Kerry's insight! Keep up the great work. One love! Kwame

  • Entertaining, practical and informative
    by Kingsley - Hope Dispenser from United States

    I have enjoyed listening to this show with Kerry-Ann. I love the content and the enthusiasm displayed in each episode. I have listened to a number of episodes and have always come away with something of value. As the host of the Success Caribbean Style podcast, I know what it takes to put together a show period much less a great one. Kerry-Ann has mastered it. Great show ~ @kingsleygrant

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    Awesome !!!

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    A few outliers are cool but Kerry-Ann sheds light on some lesser known successful Caribbean American entrepreneurs. Excited about the interview series.

  • Content I can relate too
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    I like a few of the topics discussed so far in this podcast series, actually went through the feelings of episode 8 the day before listening to it.

  • Easy listen
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    Easy to listen to... cant wait to hear more...

  • Inspirational
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    Great listen,very informative and to the point.Love her voice.

  • Well done!!
    by G1bbles from United States

    First, let me say that Kerry-Ann is very eloquent and has a wonderful voice for the radio. I listened to her segment on accountability and goal setting. This couldn't have come at a more perfect time; I recently lost my job and felt as if I was accomplishing none of my goals. For the rest of the month, I have a series of goals now that I hold myself accountable to achieve as well as being someone's accountability partner as he makes his way through technical with a few hurdles in the way. I must say I haven't felt this refreshed in a while! This is a great podcast, and my friends think so too!

  • Love it!
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    Just listened to this podcast for the first time and loved it. Kerry-Ann is positive, encouraging, motivating, and full of wonderful ideas (like keeping a compliment journal). Definitely worth checking out if you need some encouragement/motivation in your life.

  • Top podcast, top host
    by Aaron Fifield from Australia

    Genuinely enjoyed the latest episode on goal setting, especially the emphasis on actually achieving them too.

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    I love this podcast… this girl has a knack for keeping people informed. The time I used to spend in the subway just staring into space 🙂 I now use to take in these little golden nuggets of information.

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  • Inspiring
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    Very realistic and insightful and uplifting. Definitely food for thought. LOVE the energy! Thank you!!

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