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Jacob Martinez is the founder and executive director of DigitalNest and he talks about his journey as a founder and his passion for moving the Latinx community forward. This nonprofit is training and helping place a diverse workforce in tech. Having trained over 2000 students in web development, project management and digital arts, DigitalNest is e…
 
Alex is an award-winning community leader and social impact entrepreneur. Through community engagement and content and event production he has built Silicon Valley Latino LLC. SVL focuses on empowering and engaging the Latino community and works closely with Tech companies in the area. You can learn more about Alex and his work and connect with him…
 
Kelly is Director of Employee Experience and Diversity at KeepTruckin. We talk about her commitment focused on engaging and developing employees and creating inclusive places where people can own their identity. We also talk about her transition from SolarCity to Tesla, what KeepTruckin is all about and why they are actively recruiting diverse tale…
 
This is an episode powered by VMware’s Latinx Pod. Christina Ulate is a Manager of Information Security Governance based in San Jose, Costa Rica. She talks about how she transitioned from education into tech. We also talk about her professional growth at VMware and the opportunities she has had to thrive in this global company. If you would like to…
 
In this episode we talk with Nicholas Hinrichsen, co-founder of Clutch, about his journey as a co-founder and his experience at Y combinator. We talk about validating an idea, the importance of knowing your customers, changing direction, securing funding and scaling. Nicky also talks about his angel investments in Latin America. You can connect wit…
 
In this episode, Claudia Martinez and Juan Garcia-Rovetta share their respective journeys into tech and how they became involved in corporate efforts to build community through the Latinx Pod. They talk about how developing strong internal networks have helped them advance in their careers as well as develop a sense of belonging at VMware. This is …
 
Marcos Gonzales is fighting the good fight and elevating and advising diverse entrepreneurs. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Vamos Ventures - an impact VC fund for early-stage tech companies led by Hispanic and diverse founders in the US. If you want to collaborate or learn more about Vamos Ventures, link is below: https://www.vamosventur…
 
This episode is part of a series sponsored by VMware’s Latinx Pod. Bask Iyer, a leader at VMware, has been a champion of the Latinx Pod. We talk about leadership, how other companies can drive inclusion and benefit from diverse talent and how his personal and professional experiences have led him to become a champion for diverse thoughts and people…
 
This is the first episode of a six episode series done in collaboration with VMware’s Latinx Pod. We highlight stories of VMware talent and leadership. This episode highlights Ingrid Morales who leads the leads the LatinX Pillar for the CTO based out of Palo Alto. She works on the program management team for the strategic program office. She is tal…
 
We interviewed Richie Serna in 2018 when Finix was still in its early stages with 4 employees. Two years later, Richie and Sean Donovan have led Finix through a series of successful venture funding rounds and have scaled their impact. We talk with Richie about his journey in raising capital and scaling, advice for underestimated founders and VCs, l…
 
Miriam Rivera is a co-Founder and Managing Director at Ulu Ventures. Miriam talks about her personal story and journey in business, law, technology, and venture capital from the perspective of a startup founder and a VC. Connect with her via LinkedIn and learn more about her work at: https://uluventures.com/…
 
As part of Latinx Heritage month (which for us is all year long), we are highlighting baMa -Business Angel Minority Association. It is a national initiative to create a more inclusive startup ecosystem through early stage investments in Minority-led startups. Learn about Maria’s journey and how you can join this organization: https://businessangelm…
 
Lili Gangas continues to advocate, mobilize and guide founders and investors in the tech ecosystem. In season 1, we learned about her personal and professional journey. This episode the work that she is doing to close the digital divide, mobilize voters across the nation, and strategically leverage and forge partnerships to advance our community. L…
 
Lolita Taub shares her journey, breaking into VC, the importance of community and her vision to become a billionaire. We also talk about the Community Fund which she and Jesse Middleton recently launched to invest in early stage community-driven companies. https://www.lolitataub.co/By Adriana Flores-Ragade
 
Common Sense Latino is a Common Sense Program which has grown in people and impact. We discuss the program components, how and why it has expanded thus contributing to the growth and retention of LatinX employees inside of Common Sense. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/latino https://www.commonsensemedia.org/…
 
As part of Latinx Heritage Month, LatinxAmerica is highlighting organizations having a positive impact on our community through the use of digital assets and content. LatinxAmerica highlights the work and people of Common Sense Media. Rocio Lopez talks about what she and her team are doing to offer Latino families information and resources to navig…
 
Ilse Calderon is a Senior Associate at OVO Fund. She talks about her journey into Venture Capital and also provides advice for underrepresented founders. We also discuss why she is advocating for startups to target Hypercultural Latinx when developing products and services. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ilsecalderon/…
 
Joy Carrera is the founder of Carreradigital.io and the host of Basic Brown Nerds. She is a Digital Operations & Business Intelligence Strategist specializing in SaaS, MCNs, and Impact Driven Initiatives. Learn about how she decided to launch her business and what led her to use tech to empower others. https://buildwithjoy.co/ https://www.basicbrow…
 
Beatris A. Mendez Gandica talks about her journey into tech, how she landed her job at Microsoft and why she launched Nuevo Foundation. We talk about her commitment to increasing diversity in tech by preparing the next generation of Latinx in STEM. https://nuevofoundation.org/ https://www.pluralsight.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/learning/ https://…
 
Samantha Santana is the founder of Santana Sports Management. She launched her own company to help the athletes with public relations challenges, brand management and to connect them with communities in order to give back. In a field dominated by men, she is making inroad and representing diverse clients and connecting them with brands and communit…
 
Greg Monterrosa, a co-founder of MyLLC.com, and a startup weekend mentor and facilitator shares how he is supporting and advancing entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development. He talks about being a founder and the work that he wants to do to build his legacy and empower the Latinx community. https://www.myllc.com/ http://greg-monterrosa…
 
Ricardo is the founder & CEO of VOIQ. His company raised $5 Million from YCombinator and other top Silicon Valley investors. His company is leading transformation from humans to conversational AI VoiceBots for the Enterprise. We also talk about why he founded the group of the Top Latinx Tech Leaders in the US and what he is doing to support other L…
 
Mario talks about how his early childhood experiences shaped his life and allowed him to see things differently in life. He uses this lens when mentoring or working with founders and peers. Mario also talks about a $530 million commitment by PayPal to help support black and other underrepresented communities. Learn about his journey, his priorities…
 
As we think about wealth differently, we need to begin conversations about risk taking, investing and starting businesses so we can close the wealth gap. Be inspired by Samara’s journey as a founder of Chingona Ventures, a pre-seed and seed stage venture fund focusing on industries that are massively changing and founders that are not always well u…
 
In collaboration with LatinxVC, we highlight Noramay Cadena - a Founding Partner at MiLA Capital, a seed-stage Venture Capital firm in Los Angeles. We talk about her personal and professional journey into VC and what led her to become a founding member of LatinxVC. Follow her on twitter @noramayc and learn how to join and support LatinxVC at:https:…
 
Gabriel Soto talks about the findings of a recent report conducted by Edison Research and commissioned by Adonde Media, Lantigua Williams & Co., Libsyn, NPR, and Pandora titled The Latino Podcast Listener Report points to great opportunities for current and potential Latinx podcasters. https://www.edisonresearch.com/latino-podcast-listener-report/…
 
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 t…
 
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 through his book, podcast and digital…
 
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 lea…
 
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 diverse founders and for ventures serving underrepresented markets.By Adriana Flores-Ragade
 
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, where she helps customers and organizations like start-ups, leading web companies, and Global 500 companies leverage the power of cloud computing. Prio…
 
Sergio Marrero is an entrepreneur, facilitator, researcher, coach, and project manager. He is using his 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 …
 
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 Associa…
 
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 so…
 
Alicia Robb from Next Wave Impact is an author, researcher, angel Investor, and managing partner of two early stage venture funds. She is also a Ph.D. economist specializing in entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, and international development. Alicia is highlighting for investors that there is a strong pipeline of investible opportunities by…
 
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 im…
 
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…
 
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 wit…
 
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 …
 
Max Tuchman is the co-founder and CEO of Caribu - a video-calling application that allows family members to read, draw, and play games with one another while in distant locations. She shares insights about how she launched her startup and how she was able to raise money for Caribu. https://caribu.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/maxemetuchman/…
 
This is the second part of an interview with Eli Velasquez from VentureWell. Eli’s shares his extensive knowledge of the entrepreneurship and funding space along with his personal experiences navigating unfamiliar situations and places. You can connect with Eli via LinkedIn. https://venturewell.org/By Adriana Flores-Ragade
 
En este breve episodio, destacamos una plataforma que conecta a médicos de habla hispana con pacientes. Unividoc está ofreciendo su plataforma gratuitamente, durante esta pandemia, y el fundador German Urrego brinda más información sobre cómo pueden conectarse pacientes y médicos. Se necesitan mas médicos de habla hispana... https://unividoc.com/…
 
Eli’s journey into STEM, law, and investing will inspire you. His story provides pragmatic advice and the steps to become an angel investor. Eli also shares insights for founders and those interested in joining the VC space. This is the first part of a two part episode. You can connect with Eli via LinkedIn or https://venturewell.org/…
 
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