Summary: LatinxAmerica is focused on highlighting catalysts that are using, leveraging, creating or investing in technology that can positively impact the Latinx community. Experts cover topics ranging from education, health, diversity, and civic engagement to financial stability/wealth creation.
Jacques-Philippe Piverger is co-founder and managing partner at Ozone X Ventures. He talks about impact through Ozone X Ventures’ pillars of investment which intentionally focus on backing underrepresented founders, increase greater diverse representation at the C-suite and board levels, and opening investment opportunities for diversification in the investor pool.
John Lilly shares valuable insights given his extensive experience as a founder and investor. He is the former CEO of Mozillla, a venture partner at Greylock, an independent angel investor and currently sits on 8 boards. Follow him on twitter @johnolilly
Ish Verduzco is the author of “How Successful People Get Ish Done” and a leader and advocate of Diversity and Inclusion. We talk about his transition into D&I at Snap Inc. and how he embarked in his new journey as an author. Be inspired by his 5 year goal to influence, impact and help 1M people around the world. Listen to his inspiring journey and get his book: https://www.ishverduzco.com/
Nuno Goncalves Pedro is a two time founder with extensive experience in consulting, tech, and VC. He talks about becoming a founder and reflects on the best career advice he has received over the years. We talk about his podcast Tech DECIPHERED, the role of a startup advisor, how entrepreneurs should pitch in a time of crisis, and resources for learning and growing. Learn more: https://decipheredshow.com/
Juliana Garaizar is a lead investor in Portfolia’s Rising America Fund and the President of the Business Angel Minority Association. She talks about how she became an investor and why she is focused on increasing funding for underrepresented founders and for ventures serving underrepresented markets.
Martha Nino talks about her humble beginnings and how she transitioned into a marketing role in tech. She also shares how she has advanced in her career, as a Senior Marketing Manager, and provides some tips for job seekers. You can connect with her via LinkedIn.
Erika is a leader and strategist who has been at the nexus of technology, business, and social impact for over a decade. She is currently the Global Head of Impact Computing, at Amazon Web Services. Prior to Amazon, she headed up Strategic Initiatives at Twilio.org after beginning her career in tech at TaskRabbit. Erika’s personal mission is to create a seat at her table for underrepresented women, which she accomplishes through 1:1 mentorship, board service, and investing.
Sergio Marrero is using his entrepreneurial experience in strategy and innovation consulting, startups, research, manufacturing, venture capital, and design to help founders seeking investment. This episode is part of a series done in collaboration with the Angel Capital Association. RBL1 launched a free founders training program for those that lost their job due to COVID. You can use the following info to sign up https://rbl1.thinkific.com/courses/launch Code: LatinxAmerica
Karina Cabrera Bell is a founding partner of OpenAccess a talent strategy firm that helps companies close the gender equity gap. We talk about building diverse leadership teams, DEI programs, and how companies can connect with OpenAccess to design DEI initiatives. This is an episode of the series done in collaboration with the Angel Capital Association where Karina will be featured as a speaker in their virtual summit in May 2020.
Miri Rodriguez is the Global Head of Internships at Microsoft and an award-winning digital marketer and storyteller. She is also the author of Brand Storytelling: Put Customers at the Heart of Your Brand Story . Miri is an advocate for developing brand narrative across many sectors and industries around the world. We talk about empathy and other soft skills that help in designing distinctive narratives and the importance of building a brand. You can use this code to get her book: SMKSTORYTELLING20
Alicia Robb from Next Wave Impact is an author, researcher, angel Investor, and managing partner of two early stage venture funds. Alicia is highlighting for investors that there is a strong pipeline of investible opportunities by companies led by founders of color that have the potential to be super impactful and a positive return on their investments. We talk about diversity and inclusion efforts in the VC space and the upcoming Angel Capital Association’s Founders of Color Showcase.
Arlan Hamilton is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, Arlan has raised more than $10M, and has invested in over 100 companies led by people of color, women, and/or LGBTQ. She talks about her personal and professional journey as well as her upcoming book. It’s About Damn Time is a book focused on creating changes that can scale impact thus creating a ripple effect. You can follow her on twitter @AlranWasHere or visit https://www.itsaboutdamntime.com/
Laura Silva is a leader in accessibility and UX. Laura was a speaker at Grace Hopper 2018 where she shared her passion for designing products with the understanding that they will be used by people from all walks of life. So keeping diversity in language, abilities and access in mind is very important. She is now leading accessibility technology at Bank of America as VP of Global Tech and Operations.
This is the first episode of a series titled Diversity CHAMPS: C-suite heroes advancing minority produced startups. This is part of a collaboration with the Angel Capital Association. This series will highlight capital sources across the spectrum from angel investors to family offices, to VC and private equity. During the first episode, we talk with Lucy Howell, Sheri Macdonald and Juliana Garaizar about the vision for this collaborative effort.
Mat Chacon, a serial founder, is the CEO and founder of Doghead Simulations - a company focused on fundamentally improving the way people educate, train, and collaborate using VR. In the first part of a two part episode, he shares his personal journey and what led him to launch his latest venture as a way to democratize access to education through emerging tech. You can connect with him on twitter @TheVRCEO or on LinkedIn. https://www.dogheadsimulations.com/