2nd Annual Latino Entrepreneurs – Their Visions & Journeys
Join us for an exciting conversation with an amazing group of Bay Area Latino entrepreneurs. Come listen to their success stories, their journeys and find out how they have dramatically reshaped the business landscape through their innovative ideas. This a must attend event for anyone interested in hearing from the nation’s leading Latino business leaders. And enjoy complimentary cocktails hosted by Zacapa Rum.
Note: This event is part of San Francisco Small Business Week.
6:00 – 7:00 PM – Networking
7:00 – 8:30 PM – Panel discussion with Q&A
8:30 – 9:00 PM – Networking
Pablo Fuentes, CEO & Co-Founder, Proven.com.
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.
Ana Díaz-Hernández, Venture Capital Analyst, Kapor Capital.
Kapor Capital in Oakland invests at the seed stage in social impact tech startups that are for-profit and gap-closing. They primarily invest in edtech, financial tech, health IT, among others. Ana also manages the Kapor Center Impact Fellowship, which aims to place more students from underrepresented backgrounds in summer internships at tech companies. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Stanford University and participated in several research projects relating to urban planning, public health, civic engagement with the Smithsonian Institute, The World Bank, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. She entered the world of technology through user experience research. She helped organizations better tailor their experience to the needs of the Latino community. She worked at Spool, a video content delivery startup, where she led Product Marketing initiatives. She then later joined Dropbox in Sales and Internationalization work for the Latin American market.
Lola Soto, Founder, Empath.
Lola Soto is a 3rd-generation female entrepreneur who honed her pitch skills at a young age by relentlessly pitching her mother hundreds of business proposals. Her parents taught their children the value of hard work and defeating the odds: 100% of their 8 children went into STEM. As a student in Rice University’s Honors Program, Lola studied biology and philosophy while working in various genetics and biochemistry labs. Lola is a serial entrepreneur who launched a telco in Australia, a US private equity management fund, and an architecture/design/construction company in Mexico (all brought to profitability). In 2010, Lola launched Mecruit, a location-based network for professionals, admitted into the FoundersDen. She is currently launching Empath, an Employee Relationship Management (ERM) platform for enterprises. Her free time is spent teaching girls how to code in Python and graphic design.
Carlos Baradello, Managing Partner, Sausalito Ventures.
Dr. Carlos Baradello is an investor, advisor and public speaker. A leading innovation and entrepreneurship practitioner, Carlos draws his understanding from his broad global business and academic experience, deep technical knowledge and understanding of the realities innovators encounter in organizations both large and small. His experience working with hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world has enabled him to gain key lessons for high‐growth ventures to scale globally. You can read more about Carlos via his regularly updated blog: www.carlosbaradello.com. These writings are the foundation of his future book titled Soft Landing in Silicon Valley ™ .
Rodrigo Enriquez, President & CEO, Extranomical Adventures.
Rodrigo has worked as an IT consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and as an investment banker at Prudential Securities performing equity research. In 2002 he started Extranomical, a San Francisco based sightseeing tour company which currently has 40 employees. Rodrigo serves on the board of the Tourism Improvement District and is also the Treasurer for the San Francisco Travel Association. Rodrigo grew up in Mexico, Australia and Arizona where he graduated from the University of Arizona majoring in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Rodrigo enjoys volunteering for the San Francisco Education Fund as a tutor to ESL students in Mission High School. In his spare time, Rodrigo enjoys travelling, scuba diving, cheese making and bad karaoke.
Giovanni Dubois, Founder & CEO , LAM Network.
What started off as informal gatherings with friends has evolved into the Bay Area’s No. 1 social network for Latino professionals. Tagged as the LinkedIN for Latinos, LAM offers educational, social, and philanthropic content and activities for its members and the Latino community. LAM currently partners with key brands including Verizon, Ford, Aeromexico, New York Life, State Farm, Diageo and others to help them develop a workforce pipeline and create exposure to the affluent, professional and influential Latino community via grass roots marketing campaigns, online advertising, and events/experiential marketing. Giovanni holds an MS and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Management of Technology certificate from Haas Business School. He was inducted to UC Berkeley’s Alumni Wall of Fame and was a finalist for the Innovator Revolucionario Award at SXSW Festival. In 2013, the CA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named Giovanni Business Man of the Year.
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LAM Network is a multi-platform network connecting Latino professionals online and in person. Through a social media network and inspiring events, LAM creates strong and dynamic opportunities for like-minded individuals to foster valuable relationships. LAM is an exclusive community of influencers, highly educated, newly affluent, and urban Latinos engaging and interacting in social, educational and political advocacy activities. For more information, visit http://www.lam-network.com
Latino Startup Alliance is a non-profit that encourages the inspiration and cultivation of U.S. Latino led technology startup ventures by providing a strong support network of fellow entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, & mentors. For more information, visit http://www.latinostartupalliance.org
San Francisco Small Business Week is a partnership formed to honor and support the more than 85,000 thousand small businesses and entrepreneurs that call San Francisco home. As part of National Small Business Week, we celebrate the contributions and achievements of small business owners by offering a series of educational and networking events designed to inspire, educate and connect the members of our business community. For more information, visit http://www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com
Impact Hub provides community, space & events for people taking collaborative action for a better world. You can learn more about Impact Hub at http://www.ImpactHUBBayArea.com