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Men of the Moment 2018

By Rebecca Wallwork

Photography by Nick Garcia

03.21.18

Meet five forward-thinking individuals shaping Miami’s future and setting the stage for personal and professional triumph in 2018 and beyond.

NICK CARDOZA
WHAT’S NEW:
Cardoza’s YachtLife app, which helps users book luxury yachts without hassle, is launching a new membership club—providing customers a more efficient alternative to ownership.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The company is expanding with newer, bigger and better yachts in more locations.

Whatever he turns his attention to, it doesn’t take long for Nick Cardoza to zero in on new opportunities. The former chef turned entrepreneur has always been involved in yachting, but it wasn’t until he started working on mega-yachts as a personal chef and deckhand that he got to see the business from the inside—and carve out a new role for himself promoting VanDutch yachts. That opportunity sprang from his personal passion for the sleek vessels. His next jump, to creating YachtLife with co-founder Patrick Curley, arose from a common business-starter in the tech world—frustration. “It became annoying that the more charters I tried to book, the more deals would fall through the cracks because of inefficiency in the market,” says Cardoza. Through its hassle-free app, YachtLife allows users to book fully-crewed luxury yachts the way they would request an Uber and provides yacht owners with a platform to list their vessels for charters, two features that have revolutionized these types of transactions. Cardoza has been in Miami for six years and, aside from being the perfect spot for his type of business, it’s the city’s energy he’s fueled by. “Miami isn’t wasting any time getting to where it’s going,” he says. “This is just the beginning.”