Mi Padrino is an online crowd-gifting platform providing a simple alternative to traditional methods of organizing, planning and funding Hispanic and Latino events. We are a startup with the goal of integrating the latest crowdfunding technology with the cultural traditions of our community.
The idea for the site was born when my wife, Kim, and I were asked to be padrinos for our niece's quinceañera in Mexico. It soon became clear that the traditional methods of organizing padrinos, or sponsors, were outdated and inefficient. We decided there could be a better way.
Utilizing our online tools, users can create a free customizable, shareable event page with important details and a registry. Padrinos are then able to contribute funds for specific items for the celebration. Future updates to our website will include an online store, vendor capabilities and a user dashboard.
CEO & Co-founder
CEO & Co-Founder, Mend
Pedro Espinoza is a trilingual Peruvian American entrepreneur that started his first venture at the age of 10 in Miami by selling French toasts in his Latino neighborhood. By the age of 14, Pedro won the Peruvian national inter-club tennis competition, which enabled him to foster tenacity. Thanks to his successes in tennis Pedro applied discipline to his professional career while working for Toyota Autoespar. In high school Pedro founded Yatay (www.yatayperu.com), a nonprofit that uplifted the self-esteem of 50 children in the Andes via music. During his freshman year of college, Pedro founded his first business – SmileyGo – at Stanford’s engineering 145 taught by Tom Kosnik and Rebeca Hwang. At the age of 19, Pedro launched Alpaca Inc. (www.alpacaclothing.co), an e-commerce platform that empowers Latinas to become global entrepreneurs by selling their handcrafted clothing products to a worldwide customer audience. By the age of 20, Pedro earned his International Management Certificate at Stanford University. Currently, Pedro is part of the Haas School of Business Class of 2017 with an emphasis in Technology Entrepreneurship. The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Cal Alumni Association have recognized his leadership. In 2015, Pedro became a member of the Under 30 Changemakers.
Pedro’s passion is to create a positive impact in his community through entrepreneurship. During his free time, Pedro is learning Chinese, Ruby and golf.
For more information about Pedro’s background: www.pedrodavidespinoza.com
CEO/Founder, Klout (acquired by Lithium Technologies, Inc.)
Mr. Joe Fernandez serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Klout at Lithium Technologies, Inc. Mr. Fernandez co-founded Klout, Inc. in 2008 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He provided data solutions to the Real Estate industry as Director of Innovation and Research at OnBoard Informatics. In 2003, he Co-Founded Evalulogix and helped over 5000 school districts meet their special education reporting mandates for compliance with NCLB and IDEA. He serves as a Director of Klout, Inc. Mr. Fernandez attended University of Miami and Oxford University.
CEO/Founder, Open English
Andres Moreno is the Founder and CEO of Open English. Moreno has raised more than USD$120 million in venture capital to drive the company's expansion around the globe. The CEO began his career in his native Venezuela, co-founding a company that provided one-on-one English-language training to Latin American executives at Fortune 500 companies, such as Procter and Gamble, Sun Microsystems and Cargill. He went on to develop innovative technologies and techniques that became the Open English platform.
Andres has also become the face of his own brand, appearing in the company’s television ads, which have aired extensively since 2009.
Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Andres studied Product Engineering in Venezuela's Universidad Simon Bolivar.
I co-founded goTenna. I grew up in São Paulo, and live in Brooklyn.
I build systems that combine humans and computers to solve large-scale problems that neither can solve alone. I call this Human Computation, but others sometimes call it Crowdsourcing. Some of my past projects include: CAPTCHA, The ESP Game (acquired by Google), GWAP, and reCAPTCHA (acquired by Google).
To find out more about me, you can: watch my NOVA special, read my Wikipedia page, watch my talk at the Library of Congress, watch my Google Tech Talk,read my Wired feature, or simply search for my name on the Web. Here's my CV, and here are some of my papers.
I consider myself a natural born entertainment entrepreneur with a special focus on media, music and technology. I spend most of my time developing my current ventures (The Elevator and Muuseme).
My 15 years background in advertising, music and TV have provided me an in-depth understanding of all of the areas I operate in. I believe my experience, skills and network uniquely position me to approach most of the challenges of merging brands and entertainment in value-added ways.
Specialties: negotiation,networking,sales,management,film & TV producing and developing music licensing,advertising, digital and branded content know-how.
Eder Holguin is a Best Selling Author, Serial Entrepreneur and Digital Marketing Expert. With more than 15 years of industry expertise, he has an in-depth background in operations, sales and marketing. His clients range from brand name Fortune 500 companies to innovative start-ups.
He is now the founder and CEO of Ideal Media, a digital marketing firm with offices in New York, London, Moscow and projects to expand to Colombia and Brazil. With over 15 years experience in the digital marketing industry, His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to startups and new innovative companies.
As a child, he escaped a life of physical and emotional abuse at home and lived homeless on the streets of Medellin, Colombia, during the time of the Medellin cartel, when the drug lords and violence ruled the streets of Medellin. His extraordinary story details how he went from living on the streets to become a successful entrepreneur. This story is told in the book "Dreaming of Hope Street" a project which is being adapted to the big screen in Colombia and begins production in early 2015.
Eder has been the recipient of several awards, including: 40 Under 40 Rising Stars Latino, Technology Trendsetter Award, Certificate of Merit of the State of New York and has been named as one of the most influential marketing professionals by Inc. magazine.
CEO/Co-founder, Dream Funded
Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor and a serial entrepreneur. He has been successful in investing in his own ideas, then taking companies from start-up status to exit.
As a frequent panelist/ Judge/ Speaker at Silicon Valley startup pitch events and conferences.
Named 2014 “SF Angel Investor of the Year”, he is an active angel investor, founder of SF Angels Group, and an angel member of TiE Angels in Silicon Valley.
CEO/Founder, Grupo Regalii
I love working hard with people who are brilliant, passionate and awesome. I love creating innovative products. I love improving the lives of people who are in the most need. This is Regalii.
Prior to Regalii, I graduated from The Wharton School with an MBA. Prior to Wharton, I spent nearly four years in Finance – First as Investment Banker, then as a Private Equity Investor. This was a phenomenal experience where I worked on strategies next to CEO's of Fortune 500 companies as well as startups.
In 2006, I graduated cum laude from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business in New York with a B.B.A. in finance. While at Baruch, I was an aircraft engineering technician for Swissair at JFK airport.
Katia is a proud West Texan who migrated north to attend Vassar College. After three years working in structured finance and commercial real estate, Katia saw Harvard Business School as an opportunity to leverage her finance fundamentals into a career in entrepreneurship. Her love for all things beauty (bolstered by a college internship at Estee Lauder) and her natural talent for sales and negotiation make her the perfect industry liaison for Birchbox.
Pablo is committed to helping people find jobs through their mobile phones. He is also passionate about helping minorities and women start technology companies. Pablo was honored as a Champion of Change and has been invited to speak at the White House about Proven and mentoring. Pablo enjoys Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, snowboarding, kiteboarding, reading, and dogs. Pablo obtained a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Co-founder, Latina Geeks
Described as the “go-to girl in branding”, a self-professed social media addict and early adopter of technology, Tanya Salcido is skilled in the ways of digital branding, strategic online communications, online community-building, blogger/influencer outreach and formulating successful marketing action plans. As an Inbound Marketing Certified Professional and with professional experience in social media dating back to 2008, Tanya is well-versed in helping companies and non-profits excel in their social and online presence.
While she’s savvy in serving the needs of a wide variety of clientele, Tanya has a particular passion and flair for digital marketing for the Latino market. Her work in this area includes event organizing with an online Latino social media organization, published pieces in Hispanic Network Magazine, Professional Woman’s Multicultural Magazine and co-founding#LatinaGeeks, an online community that aims to empower and inspire Latin women by spreading knowledge of entrepreneurship, social media and technology.
Tanya loves exploring California’s wine regions, cooking, and watching 80’s movie classics like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Valley Girl. She is also an avid baseball fan, which once led to her scoring an Ultimate Fan grand prize from the Angels.
Head of Platform, Kiip
Armando Osuna is the Head of the Kiip Self-Serve Platform. Kiip' was the worlds first moments based mobile rewards company, it provides consumers with tangible rewards from premium brands and companies to mobile users on both iOS and Android.
An ex-Madison avenue agency guy, he brings experience from the agency side and understands what brands want. He joined Kiip in 2011 as an early employee and has since helped scale various Kiip products to 8-figure revenues.
He enjoys being an Advisor to the Manos Accelerator a mentorship-driven accelerator program that provides "hands-on" education, business resources, infrastructure, capital, and guidance for promising startup companies led by Latinos, moving them onto a fast track to success.
Born in San Diego he was educated at the USC - Marshall School of Business and enjoys Angel investing along with playing recreational basketball.
Our offering is SupaDaily™, a premium daily email newsletter covering a variety of lifestyle verticals for the contemporary U.S. Latina. The SupaDaily team optimizes advertising offers to get seen by its readers. A passionate lifestyle informant circa 2006 delivering resources and lifestyle tips via a popular weekly email and social network back then, today, relaunched as SupaDaily.com, we are kicking off with thousands of email subscribers and fan reach in LA, the Southwest, Miami and New York.
Michelle got into tech via the backdoor of being a receptionist at a software firm in San Francisco in the late 90s. After a short stint at Webvan, it was her ‘dot com’ experience as an employee at pioneering StarMedia, the first Hispanic internet media company to go IPO, where she became aware of the ‘early adopter’ Latinos. Eventually she gained insight of the underserved, U.S. born, English-dominant Latinas like herself seeking digital content.
Through the years, both corporate and startups, she served as a ‘big picture’ business partner in thought & vision to management, founders/entrepreneurs and early stage teams building online ventures; giving her a unique vantage point into startup operations + product life-cycles. ‘Skills trump passion’ - in addition to her business acumen she is formalizing her aesthetic in design by training in UX Design and front-end web development. Michelle is at the intersection of Email + Mobile First Strategy + Design experience application. Advocate of 'Lean' startup methods + Customer Development ushering in a level of creativity + entrepreneurship.
Michelle studied at the Academy of Art University - School of Advertising and dropped out of business studies to pursue a startup opportunity.
Being a ‘startup junkie’, Michelle is at it again, joined her sixth startup located in the thriving San Francisco/Silicon Valley startup district while she continues to scale her media venture, SupaDaily.com.
She serves as an advisor/mentor and an early committee board member of the Latino Startup Alliance. Michelle is an advocate for global women issues and initiatives, youth in STEM especially reaching back and bringing forward our Latina youth.
CTO/Co-founder/Board Member, CrowdTwist
Mike was always interested in computers, but never thought anything would come of it. By age 13, he was already hacking away on his Commodore 64. Much later at college orientation, he hastily and anxiously declared his major as Computer Science, not realizing that he still had plenty of time to decide. Yet, this was not a decision he grew to regret; after his first class, he knew he was in for the long haul.
Shortly after college, Mike founded Community Connect, one of the first social
networks on the internet and the largest at the time. However, he didn’t do it alone. Day in and out, Mike built Community Connect alongside Pete, his former high school rival on the volleyball court, later college teammate, and much later after that, brother-in-law. The two started Community Connect as a way for ethnic communities to interact online. The problem was simple: Asian Americans were already regularly holding parties and cultural events, but they needed a way to unite people online. The concept that had never been tested on an online medium flourished as it grew to a team of 120 members and ultimately sold for $38 million.
Towards the end of Community Connect, Mike itched to expand his interests in new technical challenges. Next came Fotolog, co-founded with Scott Hieferman, who later went on to co-found Meetup. The photoblogging site started as a side-project run on his home DSL-line and went on to sell for $90M in 2007. Later, he spent stints as CTO at CityRealty.com and CrowdTwist.
After many years of creating and innovating, Mike was ready for a break and to catch up on time with his family and travel. Ultimately winding up in the Bahamas, Mike found himself sending emails to 5 or 6 friends to set up meetings for when he returned to find out what was next. 3 weeks and 21 meetings later, Mike was on his way to working with Gary Vaynerchuk on what would soon be the fund that the two of them would build together.
CEO/Co-founder, Bunny, Inc.
Co-founder/Board Member, DashBell
I started my first business at age 14 in Bogotá, Colombia, with the objective of buying my first computer. After migrating to the US and finding the love of my life, Tania Zapata, we co-founded Bunny Inc., with the objective of maximizing the productive creativity of human kind, by offering great services that allow all people on earth to participate in the global economy. We also founded Torrenegra Labs, an incubator that was named one of the top immigrant owned startups in the US by Forbes Magazine. With Torrenegra Labs, we have co-founded and invested in several successful tech companies including WeHostels, VivaReal, and Dashbell. I also co-founded HubBOG, BogoDev, and BogoTech, the three largest communities of web entrepreneurs, software developers, and technologists in Colombia. In 2012 I was honored by MIT’s Technology Review with the TR35 Top Colombian Innovator of the Year award, in 2013 with the NYC Venture Fellowship by the City of New York, and also in 2013 with the High-Impact Entrepreneur title by Endeavor. I am a regular speaker on entrepreneurship, bootstrapping, crowdsourcing, and immigration.
I'm a serial entrepreneur, executive and investor, having spent my entire career in software and infrastructure for the digital media space. I have a blend of experience across both big media and startups, consumer and enterprise. I've cofounded five companies with two exits under my belt and two others still running today.
Over my 18-year career, I've worked with a lot:
* Web and Mobile Video
* Multi-platform app development (Desktop, iPhone, iPad, Android)
* Content Syndication and Distribution
* Media Asset Management
* Display and Native Advertising
* Analytics and Data-Driven Decision Making
* Social Media Apps and Campaigns
* Mobile payments and Ecommerce
* Hosting and Colocation
I've built product for some of the world's biggest and best companies:
// Broadcasters and Video: Fox, Disney, ABC Domestic Television, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, A&E Television, E! Entertainment, Viacom/Nickelodeon, ESPN, FearNET, Lifetime Television, The Weather Channel, Snag Films.
// Publishers: Time, People, RealSimple, MensHealth, ELLE, Car and Driver, Road and Track, Newsweek, Scholastic, Thomson Reuters.
// Other Brands: Visa, Kohler, PowerBar, NFL Players Association, Marriott, American Express.
Other highlights, skills, and traits:
* I've cofounded and managed companies with varying business models, including SaaS, freemium, enterprise licensing, services, and free (no business model!).
* I've raised millions in venture and angel capital both for my own companies and as an advisor to other startups.
* I've built and managed multidisciplinary executive, technical and design teams: C-level executives and management, software engineers (mobile, web, and desktop), systems engineers, visual designers, agile project managers, support staff, and sales.
* I'm skilled in (and enjoy) financial management and modeling.
* I have a strong sense for and am skilled in user experience and design.
Founder/Board Member, Three Day Rule
As a Marketing Manager, I help drive new marketing opportunities for the largest law firm in the world. This ranges from curating events about cutting-edge legal topics to building partnerships with companies and organizations.
My background includes practicing as a litigation/appellate attorney for Fortune 500 companies and founding a venture-backed start-up. I've also developed deep domain expertise in all aspects of the legal industry for the last 15 years. My core competencies include:
* Marketing Strategy and Client Acquisition
* Building Practice Groups
* Strategic Partnerships
* Research and Market Analysis
* Event Planning
* Public Speaking (audiences from 20-600)
* Financial Modeling
* Operations and Budgeting
* Graphic Design
Caroline Avakian is an Emmy-nominated TV correspondent, media technologist, and ward-winning ocial entrepreneur working to leverage technology, global development and new media models to promote a more diverse and inclusive news reporting landscape. In 2014, she was named a '50 under 40 Emerging Social Enterprise Leader' by American Express, and received the Boehm Media Fellowship from the Opportunity Collaboration.
Caroline is the founder of SourceRise, a social enterprise and digital platform that connect journalists to on-the-ground expert sources during humanitarian crises, in an effort to bridge the growing information gap in development and foreign news reporting. She has been dubbed, the 'Publicist to the Poor'.
Caroline is also the Managing Partner at Socialbrite - a leading social media for nonprofits agency and digital learning hub that brings together top experts in social causes and social media. Caroline is also a founding board member of the ELLA Institute.
Previously, Caroline served as the Communications Director & United Nations Representative for Trickle Up and the Director of Communications & External Relations for FilmAid International.
In 2007, Caroline was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as a television correspondent.
Caroline has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, is a contributor to the Huffington Post and has appeared as an expert guest on television shows such as CNN, The Today Show, Good Day New Yor nd Univision’s Despierta America. She's a frequent speaker and panelist on topics such as the use of media and technology as a tool for global health, social and economic development.
Her work has taken her to Asia, Central America, the Middle East and East Africa, where she has taught communications workshops in refugee camps. Caroline has a Bachelor of Science in Communications from St. John's University and a Master of Arts from Antioch University.
CEO/Co-founder, NBD Nanotechnologies
Miguel Galvez is the Co-Founder and CEO of NBD Nanotechnologies, where he oversees business development, sales, and fundraising aspects. Deckard and Miguel founded NBD while undergrads at Boston College. Miguel also sits on a few advisory and board seats including the Soaring Startup Circle, a non-profit summer accelerator for Boston College undergrads he helped found as well as the Life Boat Foundation, an international think tank preserving science and technology innovation. In addition to NBD, Miguel serves at the VP of Business Development of MG2 Technologies, a father son company that sells Smart LED lighting systems to Latin and South America, where he helps Miguel Sr. with business strategy and customer development. Prior to founding NBD, Miguel worked at TechStars as an associate, a technology accelerator and early stage venture capital firm. He has also had research internships at Genzyme and Boston College focusing on life science R&D. Miguel received his BSc. in Biology from Boston College.
Tania Cruz Morales is the co-Founder & COO of Poshpacker, a new curated booking-site of design-driven hotel and hostel worldwide and travel lifestyle guide for the millennial traveler.
Born and raised in an eco-luxury destination, Vieques, Puerto Rico, she developed a deep passion for travel, design and the hospitality industry at an early age. She now holds over thirteen years domain experience in the independent boutique sector in Hawaii, San Francisco and Puerto Rico, working in different capacities from front-desk to waitressing and management. She also founded EcoTour at the University of Puerto Rico, an ecotourism organization to help promote sustainable tourism businesses.
In November 2012, Tania joined the startup movement in Silicon Valley; where she help brought to life a 100 pages master's plan into Poshpacker as a directory of design-driven hoteliers. Poshpacker is based out of Washington, DC since 2013 and has partnered in 2014 with Booking.com to offer realtime and secure reservations to their customers. Tania and her business partner, have also expanded their startup internationally by participating at the Lisbon Challenge accelerator in Europe and Startup Chile in South America.
Tania holds a BA in Psychology and Arts from the University of Puerto Rico and recently culminated an MBA in Design from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Having been bit with the entrepreneurial bug at an early age, Barney's passion for business development was extremely apparent early on. Just after graduating High School, Barney launched a successful Real Estate Mortgage company which was, in his words, "the best business school I could have ever attended". At 24, he launched, what would become, the largest Field Inspection Management company in South LA, which was responsible for managing roughly $250 Million in foreclosed Real Estate bank assets during the recession.
After his stint in Real Estate, Barney developed a passion for helping other people just like him navigate through the crazy world of being an entrepreneur. During this time, he founded an award winning non-profit organization that focused on removing all barriers of entry for college students in order to encourage them to start businesses while at school.
Recently, Barney was accepted into the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corp program at UC Berkeley, where he studied technology commercialization through customer development.
This training, combined with his previous experience in business development, led him to work as a Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center and also the opportunity to help teach entrepreneurship at California State University, Los Angeles.
At the present moment, Barney works for a large Fortune 100 company called Unilever as a Market Manager and is working on his next startup venture named gentefy. As you can clearly see, Barney is someone who is driven by his personal mission statement. To Inspire and empower the entrepreneurial spirit; one person, one business, one community at a time.
Co-founder, Latino Startup Alliance
This California native with dual citizenship in Costa Rica and the U.S., started programming by accident at 6. She’s since worked for tech companies big and small, including working on the first Xbox Kinect device. In 2011, Argüello co-founded Latino Startup Alliance to promote and cultivate a tech entrepreneurial spirit in the Latino community. A lifetime member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, she mentors high school girls enrolled in Technovation Challenge, sits on the alumni advisory board for the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UC San Diego, and is an active member of Latinas in Computing.
Jose is the founder of Hub 81, an idea design agency. He is also the founder of Vista Hispano, a blog providing insights into the trends and changing dynamics of the U.S. Hispanic market since 2007. Jose is a champion of entrepreneurship and the Co-Founder of Crowdismo, a rewards-based crowdfunding platform fueling innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship within the Latino community. As an organizer of Startup Weekend events, building bridges of possibility and startup proximity are a passion of his. Jose is also the Central Coast Chapter Director of the Latino Startup Alliance developed to encourage the inspiration and cultivation of U.S. Latino led technology startup ventures by providing a strong support network of fellow entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, & mentors. Huitron holds a Master's in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University, a Bachelor's in Communication from the University of Phoenix Online, an Associate's in Business Administration and an Associate's in Management Technology from Idaho State University.
CEO/Founder, She Rides
Born in the Dominican Republic, Stella Mateo came to the United States when she was 14 years old. Although Stella only spoke Spanish when she arrived in the States, she graduated from Monroe High School in the Bronx, fluent in English and determined to continue her path to success.
After earning her Associates Degree in Accounting from Bronx Community College, Stella went on to work in her family’s business as a seamstress. At the same time, she began working for a real estate company, eventually becoming head of the accounting department.
Passionate about being a business owner, Stella started San Mateo Construction in 1993 with her husband Fernando Mateo. In 1999, Stella became Fernando's right hand supporter when he founded the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers. Working as a volunteer for more than a decade, Stella conducted pro bono research for the organization, learning the ins-and-outs of the taxi industry.
Quickly realizing that women’s voices were severely underrepresented in the industry, Stella founded SheRides in 2014 to address the issue. With SheRides, Stella is using her expertise and experience to create new, unprecedented opportunities for women on the road.
Stella has always been a vocal advocate for women’s empowerment and equal opportunity employment. As an entrepreneur herself, she knows that owning a business provides the flexibility and self-sufficiency often missing for women in the workforce.
Breaking the male dominated taxi and livery industry wide open, Stella and SheRides are bringing bold new voices into the business on both sides of the partition.
Rich is the co-founder and initial architect. Rich's initial vision was to give anyone wanting to cover a live event a way to do so from any device. We have come a long way since the initial dream but the essence of that vision is still very much in place and the core of who we are. Prior to joining Blyve, Rich was a Lead UI Developer at Yahoo!, AOL, and Nortel.
Founder, Luz Rivas
Luz Rivas founded DIY Girls in 2011. Like the majority of girls that participate in DIY Girls, Luz is a daughter of Mexican immigrants, was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is the first member of her family to attend college. The programming of DIY Girls begins with 5th grade girls because that is the exact age when Luz had her first experience of working with and creating with technology.
Luz brings experience in engineering, STEM education and program management. She started her career as an Electrical Engineer for Motorola. After years of working in technology, she transitioned to STEM education and has worked at Caltech, Center for Children and Technology and Iridescent to design programs to attract more women and underrepresented minorities to STEM fields. She has presented at the American Society of Engineering Education, Engineers without Borders and SXSWedu.
Luz has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Masters in Technology in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Originally from Chile, Laura is an international entrepreneur who has lived in 5 countries across South America, Europe and USA.
Laura was the founder of “Chicurela Ltd” in London, which she presented at BBC’s Dragon Den (Shark Tank of UK). Later on she won the “Cartier Women initiative awards” for Europe in 2008, and was selected among the “100 women leaders in Chile” and the “100 top young leaders” in 2009.
Currently she lives in Silicon Valley and is the Founder of “Ugreat,” a social recommendation platform to help people find the resources they need to reach their goals. In 2013 she also started “Woman, StartUp!”, a community of Women founders in technology based in Silicon Valley.
She is currently working in corporate innovation in Silicon Valley and Chile and is an advisor to a couple of Start ups in the valley, Spain and Chile.
Laura has a BS degree in Business administration from UDP in Chile and a BS economics degree from Pompeu Fabra Spain.
CEO/Co-founder, Study Room
Emerson has been an education entrepreneur since he was a senior at SFState in 2010 and his products have reached over 3 Million students from all around the world. He and his co-founder started StudyRoom because as students, there was always, in every single class they took, a moment where they wished they had someone to help them or explain something to them. This is true for every student out there who can't get the help they need when they need it.
He's a strong believer in the power of social learning among students and has put that at the core of StudyRoom.
He's born and raised in Peru and a strong advocate of entrepreneurship in the Latino community.
He plays Starcraft for fun and is trying to learn some Salsa tricks in his free time.
Throughout her career in engineering, technical business development, and entrepreneurship, Judy Tomlinson has always had what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. She has been at the forefront of high tech innovation- and has started two companies that marry her entrepreneurial spirit with cutting edge technology. As the launch of her second company approaches, Judy is still full of ideas and passionate about combining creativity and vision with energy.
Currently, Judy is serving as CEO for FashionTEQ. FashionTEQ is a fashion-forward, wearable technology company scheduled to launch on Kickstarter. FashionTEQ’s inaugural line of jewelry and accessories will combine high-tech with high-fashion, and will work in conjunction with current and future smartphone technology.
In addition to her role at FashionTEQ, Judy also serves as the Founder and Chief Creative Officer for AvocSoft, a company which focuses on the development of mobile applications featuring simple user interfaces and powerful straightforward functionality. Under her direction, AvocSoft has launched a variety of successful applications including “My Weekly Budget”, “My WB+” and “My Book of Clients”. “My Weekly Budget” has been ranked #1 in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand among finance apps in the Apple app store and has been in the Top 10 since December 2010.
Founder, Student Mentor
Lost in a huge university as a first-generation college student, Stephanie Bravo found her way to success by finding mentors. Mentors influenced her love of science, and led her down a path towards medicine after graduating from college. She pursued a medical degree, but soon discovered another passion for education. As a mentorship program leader in medical school, she noticed that many first-generation students like her were not getting the help they needed to succeed in college and go on to their dream careers. This motivated her to createStudentMentor.org in 2010—a national organization pairing college students with mentors through technology.
As a founder of StudentMentor.org, she grew the program to over 20,000 students and mentors from all 50 states in its first few years. The organization pioneered an innovative way for college students to recieve academic and career advice from experienced professionals. The immense impact culminated in an invitation to meet the President of the United States and speak with government officials at The White House’s Office of Public Engagement, the Department of Education, and Congress. In 2012, she formed an official partnership with The White House through an online media series featuring stories from the StudentMentor.org community emphasizing the importance of mentoring on college success and people’s overall lives.
She has been featured in CNN, USA Today, The Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo!, Education Week, Inside Higher Ed, NBC Latino, Fox News Latino, KQED, Latina Magazine, and has graced the inaugural cover of Silicon Valley Latino Magazine. Stephanie has also received impressive awards and accolades. She is one of the top 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley named annually by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, a KQED Local Hero, Broadband for America’s Faces of Innovation, Rising Star Award from the National Hispana Leadership Institute, and the Next Generation Latina Award by Latina Magazine, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding leadership and invaluable service to the community.
An invited speaker at Stanford University, UCLA, Facebook, Comcast, and many more organizations, Stephanie aims to inspire others to create positive social change in the world. She hopes to continue living out her passion of engaging, educating, and empowering the next generation through mentoring.
CEO & Founder, Atipica
Laura Gomez has previously worked at Twitter, Jawbone and YouTube. Featured in dozens in publications and television programming around the world, including, Forbes México, as one of the most Powerful Women in the country. Also: El Tiempo Colombia, CNET en español, Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Gizmodo en español, Harper’s Bazaar Spain, GQ México and the book “Found in Translation.”
Recognized by the Department of State and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for involvement in the TechWomen Program – only female leader at Twitter to participate in 2012.
Currently serving on the board of Institute for Technology and Public Policy alongside Lt Governor Gavin Newsom – focusing on interactive bilingual education initiatives.
Isaac Saldana received a double major in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of California Riverside. In 2006 Isaac co-founded themebid.com, a bidding site for services, where he took the role of CTO. In 2007, he co-founded notpaul.com, a site where events were generated by fans. In 2009, Isaac co-founded SendGrid, a cloud based email service helping companies increase their email deliverability. Isaac is the president of SendGrid where he is responsible for the product vision.
Previously she was a Developer at Do Something, the largest non-profit for youth and social change, and CTO of Greatist, a health, fitness and wellness media startup. Currently she is a Developer Evangelist at Squarespace, empowering people to build their ideas on the web.
Developer Evangelist, Squarespace
Rebecca Garcia is the Co-founder of CoderDojo NYC, a non-profit teaching youth to code. In 2013 she was awarded as a U.S. White House 'Champion of Change' for Tech Inclusion for her work to bring STEM education to underrepresented groups, especially youth and women.
Previously she was a Developer at Do Something, the largest non-profit for youth and social change, and CTO of Greatist, a health, fitness and wellness media startup. Currently she is a Developer Evangelist at Squarespace, empowering people to build their ideas on the web.
Adriana Herrera, is the Co-Founder and CEO of ShopParity.com. Prior to founding ShopParity Herrera founded FashioningChange.com, a discovery platform to help shoppers purchase money saving, sustainable and fairly made apparel and accessories.
She was named a 2013 Top Latino Innovator by NBC Latino/ NBC Universal and has had her work featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Tech Crunch, ABC News, among others. As a non-technical founder she taught herself how to code, completed two technology accelerators, MuckerLab and Founder Institute, and contributes to media outlets such as Mashable and The New York Times on technology and startup topics.
She is a spokeswomen for women in business, technology, and social justice issues. When not working Herrera can be found at a farmers market looking for the freshest organic produce, cooking with family, hiking, surfing, or trying to relearn guitar. She may have peaked at the age of nine when she out competed thousands of children and high schoolers and was named Tetris Champion of San Diego.
Herrera received her bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside.
Co-founder, Latino Startup Alliance
Co-founder, Avion Ventures
Co-founder, Youth Startups
Dynamic, results-oriented team leader with focused and decisive leadership in viable business development, strategic business partnerships and emerging markets. Out-of-box thinker with visionary leadership strengths; resourceful team player characterized by innovative entrepreneurial spirit. Emphasis on maximizing personnel and financial resources while focusing on the tactical execution of successful business development campaigns. Expertise in high-technology solutions, quality customer service and commitment to excellence. Personal Strengths: Passionate, Restless and Competitive.
Specialties:high-tech, start-ups, biz dev, long-term strategic thinker
Tanya is a Miami native of Colombian heritage. After graduating from Wellesley College in 2000 with a BA in International Relations, Tanya dove head first into the marketing world and has collected over fifteen years of international/US experience and an extensive resume including companies such as: Nike, US Olympics, and Diners Club International. She has also served as vice president for three online media companies: Xuppa, Adspyre, and HyperInteractive. By 2004, Tanya finally spread her entrepreneurial wings to start her own company in New York City, Blink Ads, an online international performance based marketing agency.
Tanya is also the Co-founder of LacosmopoLatina.com, a newsletter of daily lifestyle tips, targeted to Latinas who think in American but love in Spanish. She also Co-founded Spokesmoms, an intuitive product review site for mothers.
But don't think Tanya means strictly business. She also enjoys running and has boldly completed the 2001 Boston Marathon, 2005 New York City Triathlon, 2009 New York City Marathon, and 2009 Timberman Half Iron Man.. Tanya's other passion is traveling.
Some of Tanya's side projects include providing advisory services to investors in the online marketing industry and start up companies. She is contributing writer to DM Confidential. She has been invited to speak on many panels regarding women and online media. Tanya is also on the board of directors for Audacitymagazine.com and AWNY Multicultural Advisory Board.
CEO/Co-founder, Avion Ventures
Deldelp Medina is the co-founder and CEO of Avión. The first accelerator dedicated to Latinas in the mobile tech space. Asking big questions is a passion; she is now driven to mobile tech space to Latinas.
DigiBunch, LLC is the largest database of Latino viral-videos and picture memes online, with a dash of the latest Latino music and movie trailers. We have a fresh daily selection of the newest videos with the top Latino YouTube celebrities on the net, as well as classic viral videos which will never grow old.
DigiBunch also offers brands and advertisers direct access to working with the TOP YouTube celebrities on creating original viral videos incorporating brand messaging in a fun and organic way, with tons of swag. DigiBunch, LLC is the one stop shop to find out what is viral in the Latino video and picture meme world.
CEO/Founder, Viridis Learning
Felix Ortiz is a Brooklyn-born and raised entrepreneur who served in the U.S. Army 18th Airborne Corps and JAG Corps, and attended St. John’s University. Felix is the founder, chairman, and chief product officer of Viridis Learning, an education technology company that combines workforce education and human capital solutions for the middle-skill workforce.
Felix is a serial entrepreneur, having started several companies, including Visionary Trade & Export, which he founded at age 20. After netting several multimillion-dollar deals through this venture, Felix sold Visionary Trade & Export in 2007 at age 23. In 2008, Felix served on the National Finance Committee Council for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama and was a member of the Advisory Group for International Trade & Economics on the Obama-Biden Transition Team. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Felix served as a national co-chair of Gen44. Today, he also serves on the advisory board of Spring Bank and on the President’s Council of the National Council of La Raza.
Ms. Carla Valdes was an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Fortify Ventures LLC. She served as a General Partner at Fortify Ventures LLC and had been with the firm since the beginning. Previously, Ms. Valdes was an Associate at the firm and co-founded the accelerator. She was a co-creator of Distilled Intelligence. She worked seamlessly with entrepreneurs, partners and investors. She is now is focused on her latest venture, Handpressions.
CEO/Founder/Product Manager, R2V
I am a proven tech entrepreneur who, over the last decade, has learned how to take an idea from napkin to reality, work the long hours, build a team, handle the pressures and setbacks, manage technical and people problems alike, and stick with an effort for years on end without getting distracted.
My experience in layout & design, platform architecture and computer science make me naturally adept at devising elegant solutions to complex systems. And while I'm a developer at heart, my real strength is in roles that put me at the center of a problem, allowing me to see the big picture, isolate the noise and chart a path towards success.
I am especially good at:
* Solving problems that are surrounded by ambiguity
* Documenting complex solutions into clear, actionable specifications
* Communicating across functionally with engineering, sales, and management
* Leading engineering discussions on platforms, scalability and performance
* Using big data and graph theory to design social user experiences
* Being confident, but remaining humble
Since its inception, Everpurse has generated over half a million in sales and its products have appeared in InStyle magazine, Good Morning America, and the Katie Couric Show. Along with his wife Liz, Dan was named one of "Crain's 20 in their 20's" in 2013.
Marcos Polanco is the Founder of innovation management software firm Decisive Growth; he started his career in Silicon Valley performing database research at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories that resulted in the TimesTen technology later acquired by Oracle. Mr. Polanco went on to various technical & managerial roles at Silicon Valley startups before co-founding Imana, Inc. in 1995 to commercialize social search algorithms he co-invented and patented. Returning to his hometown, he led the establishment of an undergraduate software laboratory at Interamerican University in Puerto Rico which released the open source SNAP Platform for Java developers. Subsequently, he joined the Government of Puerto Rico as Founding Director of its information technology investment promotion division. In that role, Mr. Polanco negotiated the launch of Microsoft, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, and HCL Axon technology centers on the island. Returning to private industry, he has cultivated the startup community as co-organizer of Startup Weekends, and co-director of the Founder Institute. As COO of medical device startup iCare Medical, he played an integral role in opening the United States, United Kingdom and Puerto Rico markets for the company. Mr. Polanco holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford University.
CEO/Co-founder, Makers Row
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tanya studied technology and its socioeconomic impacts on rural economies at UCSD. Conducting a number of studies on financial technology advancements in Oaxaca, Mexico, she co-authored “The Economics of Migration”, published by the University of California. Shortly thereafter, Menendez joined the Google Strategy and Integration group advising on internal system operations. In 2011 Menendez partnered with Matthew Burnett on The Brooklyn Bakery to manage sales and operations. While at The Brooklyn Bakery, she came up with the idea to create a platform for entrepreneurs to be able to easily access American manufacturers. Combining her experience in operations / automation with Matthew’s experience in global manufacturing, they started Maker’s Row.
CEO/Co-founder, Lemur Retail
Will is a serial entrepreneur that has self funded businesses and raised investment capital. Will Fuentes founded Lemur Retail in 2011. In his role as CEO, he is in charge of all aspects of vision, strategy and execution for Lemur Retail. Will brings 7 years of field and corporate experience to Lemur. This experience has allowed him, and the Lemur team, to create software that is easy to implement and impactful to the bottom line.
Co-founder/Head of Strategy, Shopbeam
Georgie is also a Shopbeam investor and the team yogi. As a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader with a passion for social issues, she's on a mission to change the world one shopper at a time.
We have been running CustomMade.com since 2009, and in the process have grown the largest online marketplace for anything custom. We are a two sided marketplace that helps Buyers and Makers connect and collaborate through our eco-system.
We are always looking for great people to join our team. Specifically in the world of Engineering, Product, Design, and Marketing. I would love the opportunity to take you out for a coffee or beer to discuss our business and how you can fit in! Just reach out to me here!
Our team cares deeply about our mission to bring custom to the masses. We are also always looking for companies to partner with.
Come help change the rules of retail.
Co-Founder, NYFT Lab
Lisa Morales-Hellebo is a serial entrepreneur, seasoned product strategist, and creative director with a career that spans 20 years helping companies; from start-ups to F500s (such as Coca-Cola, P&G, Hasbro and Nexxus) maximize conversions via multi-channel, e-commerce product strategy, development, and brand extension. She most recently was the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the New York Fashion Tech Lab, which she launched with Springboard Enterprises and the Partnership Fund for NYC. Her previous fashion tech startup, Shopsy, leveraged patent pending, smart data, Remix Technology to allow women to shop online the way they shop offline — browsing and mixing items in context to produce inspiring combinations, executed via proprietary algorithms (aka, contextual search).
Lisa is active in the startup community as an alumna of TechStars and Springboard Enterprises, along with being a member of 85 Broads, the Dell Founders Club, and mentoring at The Founder Institute. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors forSNOBSWAP and Voysee, while mentoring fashion tech startups around the globe. Born in the Bronx, New York, Lisa went to college in Pittsburgh, where she received her BFA with University Honors in Graphic Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a life-long lover of all things fashion, is addicted to magazines, new media, technology and travel. While living in Norway with her husband for nearly three years, she freelanced and learned the language, adding fluent Norwegian to her list of accomplishments. Lisa lives in the NYC suburbs of Westchester County with her husband and two sons.