MITA TechTalks 2017

Punta Mita Resort Nay.

Feb 12 - 14, 2017

Welcome! You are among the select entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and influencers invited to come together for a series of conversations on cross-border tech innovation. 

Hosted by MITA Ventures, the MITA TechTalks unites thought leaders from Silicon Valley, Mexico, and LatAm in a setting known to inspire exceptional networking. Relationships are formed and deals get done as a result of the MITA TechTalks.

There has never been a more critical time to support cross-border tech innovation.

What challenges — and opportunities- — can occur in US-Mexico tech alliances and innovation in the coming years? MITA TechTalks 2017 will be the place for this discussion.

We would like to express our thanks to our conference sponsors: Our 2017 Sponsors: Google, ManattJones Global Strategies, Wizeline, StartupGDL, Silicon Valley Bank, DINE/Punta Mita, GundersonDettmer, Baker McKenzie, Riviera Nayarit, AVIANA Productions, SitiSystems, marakame marketing – together with our Founders’ Club Members: PayPal, Unosquare and WSGR (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati).

Startup Mexico, INADEM, WeWork, LatinSF, LAVCA, ProMexico and AMEXCAP are conference affiliates. 

Your conference host, MITA Ventures, is a venture capital fund and strategic advisory program for early-stage tech companies, based in Punta Mita, Mexico, San Francisco CA, and Austin, TX. MITA utilizes our strong network of mentors, financial, academic, policy and organizational partners in Mexico, Latin America and the U.S./Canada, to foster cross-cultural opportunities and investment in tech startups.

The MITA TechTalks are the premier tech and venture capital event of the year in Latin America – this exclusive event brings together tech industry and business leaders from both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border. Attendance is limited and invitation-only, to encourage exceptional networking opportunities and inspiring conversations about the expansion of opportunities in tech entrepreneurship in Mexico and Latin America.

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Andreas Kraemer

Managing Partner, MITA Ventures

Bio: For more than two decades, Andreas has successfully served venture capital firms, investment banks and distinguished corporations throughout the world. He is known for his ability to lead companies through periods of major change and growth, specializing in areas of financial planning, forecasts and valuations, as well as strategic initiatives such as fundraising, M&A and joint ventures. With a keen ability for leveraging personal contacts, his industry exposure has supported various industries and organizations, which include high tech, software, communications, energy and Cleantech, agriculture, chemicals, automotive, capital goods, banking, and service organizations. Andreas served as Investment Manager for Enron Corporation’s venture capital group which returned over $85MM to the company during his tenure. Earlier in his career, he worked as investment banker at Credit Suisse and UBS in Frankfurt, London and New York. Andreas holds a Master of Business Administration in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, and a Master of Electrical Engineering from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg, Germany.

Andrew Mattson

Tax Partner, Moss Adams LLP

Bio: Andy has been providing tax solutions to start-ups and other technology companies in Silicon Valley since 1985. His specialties include corporate, partnership, and individual tax and compensation planning; stock option taxation and planning; and international taxation. Andy has been nationally recognized for his involvement with and contributions to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to help shape tax policy and rules. Andy also heads the Brazil Practice for Moss Adams and is the winner of the Moss Adams 2014 Technical Excellence Award in the Partners Category.

Andrew Tsao

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Bio: Andy Tsao is a Managing Director and leads SVB’s Global Gateway, which assists innovation companies in the emerging markets with their US and international market expansion. In addition, Tsao leads SVB Global Private Equity Services, working with SVB’s international private equity and venture capital clients, particularly those in the emerging markets. He brings more than 20 years of experience banking dynamic companies in technology industries worldwide. In his roles, Tsao manages SVB’s relationships with venture capital and private equity firms outside the U.S., and also helps emerging market companies as they seek U.S. market entry and U.S. companies as they seek to expand abroad. In both capacities, Tsao provides these firms with strategic advice and banking services, including debt financing, based on a deep understanding of their needs. Previously, Tsao led and helped found SVB’s U.K.-based operation, SVB Financial Group UK Ltd, which was established in 2004. Tsao is a TiE Silicon Valley Charter Member and Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) Silicon Valley Co-President and Charter Member, and serves on the West Coast Advisory Board for Colgate University. Tsao earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an MBA from Boston University.

Bismarck Lepe

Chairman, StartupGDL

Bio: Bismarck is the CEO of Wizeline, an analytics company for B2B applications. Wizeline was created to meld science and art in order to help companies use data to build products that their customers will use and love. Prior to Wizeline, he co-founded Ooyala. He remains an advisor for Ooyala, and provides guidance on Ooyala’s monetization business and expansion in Latin America. As Ooyala’s founding CEO and former president of products, Bismarck raised $20 million in venture funding and shaped Ooyala’s product strategy. Bismarck was previously a Senior Product Manager for Google, where he managed the early growth of AdSense display and video advertising and launched more than 25 different Google AdSense products, including Click-to-Play video ads. Bismarck has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.

Brad Feld

Managing Director, Foundry Group / TechStars

Bio: Brad Feld has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for over 20 years. He lives in Boulder, Colorado and Homer, Alaska with his wife and is on a quest to run a marathon in every state in the US. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars. In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations. He currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and on the boards of Path Forward, the Kauffman Fellows, and Defy Ventures. Brad is a writer and speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship. He’s written a number of books as part of the Startup Revolution series and writes the blogs Feld Thoughts and Venture Deals. Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 24 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states. Brad will be presenting virtually, thanks to the wonders of technology!

Carlos Michel

Founder / Chairman, The Pale Blue Dot Foundation

Bio: With over 10 years´ experience investing and financing energy-related projects via Private Equity and Venture Capital, Carlos is the Principal of Investments at the “Mexico Energy Fund of Funds LP”. He is also the President and Founder of “The Pale Blue Dot Foundation”, a non-profit organization focused on the electrification of rural schools with solar energy in Mexico. He is an Independent Board Member of Inventive Power SA, one of the most successful solar energy start-ups in Mexico with international awards such as the INTEL Global Challenge & the “2013 Best Green Energy Business” by the Inter-American Development Bank. He works as pro-bono mentor of Social Entrepreneurs for programs like “Momentum Project” by BBVA, & New Ventures México. Carlos holds a Bachelor ́s Degree in Finance from ITESM & a Masters in Finance by the CASS Business School in London.

Carol Kraemer

Consulting Financial Executive, CENAK Consulting, L.P.

Bio: Carol is a Managing Partner at CENAK Consulting in San Francisco, where she has helped companies and startups grow for over 18 years. Her capacities and responsibilities include interim CFO, leading all aspects of financial analysis, credit/risk analysis, and financial model development for clients in diverse industries, including high-tech, software, energy/power, Cleantech, and biotechnology. Carol works frequently with startups that want to expand either to or from Mexico, and has developed a special expertise in helping these companies structure their cross-border operations. Prior to CENAK, Carol worked as SubSegment CFO and Controller for Siemens Energy Services, Latin America, where she led and performed all aspects of financial analysis, planning and reporting, credit/risk analysis, and financial model development. She was head of financial analysis and investment review at Globeleq in Houston, Texas. There, she performed financial analysis and led transactions to board approval including acquisitions of Sidi Krir in Egypt and COBEE in Bolivia. She orchestrated the divestiture of company assets to strategic investors at a significant market premium. Prior to Globeleq, she worked in various capacities with Enron Corp in Houston including the Credit Risk Management group, and Enron International. Carol has over 18 years experience in corporate finance and project development where she has structured, negotiated and closed transactions in the energy industry, with a combined value in excess of $5B, including acquisitions, greenfield development, and divestitures for a various companies. She is a valuation and modeling expert and has worked on some of the most sophisticated transactions requiring extensive analysis work. Carol holds a Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.

Cristina de-la-Peña

CEO, Synapbox

Bio: Cristina is the CEO and co-founder of Synapbox, an AI company focused on helping global brands understand the impact of their content among different audiences by measuring emotions, eye-tracking and behavioral analytics second by second. Everything directly from any device with a frontal webcam. Cristina specialized during her early professional years on emerging technologies focused on the development of applications for creative industries. She has participated in various courses in México and abroad, which allowed her to approach the world of entrepreneurship and start in 2012 her first startup in Europe. Her vision is focused on 'antidisciplinarity' practices and the evolution of traditional industries along with the digital age.

Daniel Green

Partner, Gunderson Dettmer

Bio: Daniel M. Green focuses his practice on assisting private and public companies with general corporate and transactional matters, including venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. He is fluent in Spanish, and has broad experience representing technology companies and venture capitalists from Latin America and Iberia, as well as U.S. investors and companies doing business in that region. Dan also serves as a judge in the Start-Up Chile program and is an active mentor and panelist with Endeavor. Dan was recently invited to Mexico City by the U.S. State Department and Mexico’s National Entrepreneurship Institute (INADEM) to share best practices and participate in discussions on legislative reform in Mexico to foster greater innovative entrepreneurship and early stage investment and also serves on the Legal Framework Subcommittee of the Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC). Dan also advises on fund formation matters for venture and angel funds focused on Latin America and beyond. He is a graduate of Stanford University, and Harvard Law Sc

David Ford

Senior Managing Partner, Gartner Consulting, Technology Strategy & Investment Practice (High-Tech Industry), North America

Bio: David Ford focuses on go-to-market strategies for tier one technology vendors and runs the Global Market Diligence Practice within Gartner. He has more than 20 years of experience working on a variety of internal and external business, sales, marketing, operational, and technology strategies in industries ranging from software, infrastructure, and service providers to architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), manufacturing, and healthcare. David’s team has completed 100s of vendor strategy and technology diligence projects to support tier one technology vendors, both the buy and sell side of investment banks, institutions, private equity funds, and other supporting ecosystem players in the investment industry. He sits on the board of directors of FAFCO, Inc., a manufacturer of polymer heat exchangers and next generation PV solutions. David holds a bachelor of science in English literature from the University of California Santa Barbara, a master of arts in English literature from New York University, and a master of business administration with a strategy focus from the Peter Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University. Off the clock, David likes to hang out with his two boys (Kai 13 & Taj 11), participate in the beautiful chaos of his adult hockey league (15 years), and surf (35 years).

David E. Weekly

Head of Rapid Rollout Lab, Google Access, Google

Bio: David E. Weekly is the head of the Rapid Rollout Lab, an applied R&D team at Google looking into new technologies that could make it faster and cheaper to build Internet solutions everywhere. David runs two AngelList syndicates - one called drone.vc for investing in early stage drone companies and one called neuron.vc for investing in early stage deep learning companies. He enjoys coaching founders and is an award winning mentor. Previously, David founded PBwiki - still running independently after a decade with millions of users - and Ohana, which was acquired by Facebook, where David helped launch the internet.org project and Facebook's Connectivity Labs. David helped start the SuperHappyDevHouse hackathon series as well as the Hacker Dojo, a popular non-profit community center. David graduated with a CS degree from Stanford University as a President Scholar.

Diego Miramontes

Country Manager, Mexico, Platzi

Bio: Diego is Mexico's Country Manager at Platzi, the largest Spanish speaking online education platform. Convinced that education is key to solving almost any problem, he is determined along with the Team Platzi, to make education online by default and to personally help train 1M people in Latam on high demand tech skills by 2020. In previous years Diego co-founded a small software company in Mexico (In2Teck) and a language practice startup in Ohio (Moolango), both of which failed. Before that he was a software engineer at a couple of banks, where he realized the corporate life was not meant for him. Diego has a BS in Computer Science. Diego is also an active Startup Weekend organizer and global facilitator since 2012 and is a devoted popcorn and movie junkie.

Errette Dunn

Founder and CEO, Rever, Inc

Bio: Errette Dunn is Rever’s CoFounder and CEO. For the last decade, he has helped teams and companies in 17 countries to become more accomplished by developing a culture of non-stop improvement. Errette learned about Lean and Kaizen at the source: during his work at Toyota Motor Company. He then joined Airbus Group to lead the development of these practices in different business areas: Manufacturing, Engineering, Sales, Maintenance, and Business Support functions. Errette entered the tech scene in Silicon Valley when he joined Wrike, an online Work Management platform, as Principal Consultant. After coaching managers that oversee five to 70,000 employees across a dozen industries, one pattern always remained the same: the best ideas for improvement always came from the frontline employees. This reality is what drives Rever to become a catalyst for Frontline Innovation. Errette earned his MBA from IESE Business School and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Panamericana. He’s fluent in English and Spanish, and his French is getting a bit rusty (but not as much as his guitar-playing). He lives in Mountain View with his wife and four kids.

Eunice Shin

Managing Director, Head of Manatt Digital, Manatt Digital

Bio: Eunice Shin, the Managing Director and head of Manatt Digital, is a digital media strategy executive with over 20 years of industry experience. Eunice has provided strategic consulting services as a trusted advisor to the major studios, new digital media platforms, and technology and brand companies. Eunice is passionate about the transformative opportunity with customer engagement in the digital media space, and bridges her network of innovators, content creators, and digital media trailblazers to deliver game-changing results. Eunice is a thought leader in the latest disruptive innovations including VR/AR, OTT, AI, esports, and other digital-first immersive entertainment. Eunice also works with executives on M&A initiatives, including integration and optimization for the merging opportunities between media/entertainment and technology disruptors. Manatt is a leading integrated legal and consulting firm. Manatt Digital, a division of Manatt, are business strategists and business development advisors who help our clients navigate the complex and evolving digital landscape with transformative results for our clients. We work with companies of all stages, offering strategy services in disruptive opportunities across the media, entertainment, technology, advertising, and digital health industries.

Francisco (Paco) Solsona

Regional & Accelerator Lead SpLATAM, Google Launchpad

Bio: Paco leads developer relations and our Launchpad program for Google Developers in Spanish-speaking LATAM or SpLATAM, fostering tech startups and communities, increasing the number of high-quality apps, and bringing Google and Silicon Valley’s best practices to the region. Over the past few years, Paco has formed one of the strongest networks of mentors, and partners that impact over 50K developers and technical professionals, and mentors around 500 startups in a variety of in-person events; every year. As training to lead Developer Platform in the region, he worked for more than 10 years as CTO of the School of Sciences and leader for several successful IT projects at UNAM. He has a long teaching experience in CS, and wrote two books on computing foundations. He goes head over heels with new challenges, and has been found working on too many projects, repeatedly. What little free time remains, he shares with his (geek) wife, with friends, running, going to the movies or listening to fantasy and science fiction novels.

Francisco Padilla

Board Member, Konfio

Bio: Francisco is the Co-Founder & CTO of Konfío, an online lending platform that uses alternative data to provide credits for working capital. He is responsible for exploring, building and maintaining all technological assets used by the company. He is also in charge of the technology team, which is spread across all groups. Francisco is originally from León, México, where he lived until he was 19. Before Konfío, Francisco worked in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Federal Government E.P.A. in 2006, then spent 7 years in the Business Intelligence Firm MicroStrategy, based out of New York, serving mainly Citibank as client, leading as software architect for commercial credit cards. He earned America’s Team award in Q1 2012 and Q1 2013 and Employee of the Quarter in Q3 2012. He also spent 2 years as Business Intelligence Architect in AIG Investments, producing CXO level tech assets for their 360B USD portfolio. Francisco has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, he graduated with honors from ITESM Campus Monterrey. He also has a diploma from The Washington Center on Business and Technology. He hosted Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, on Campus during his senior year. He speaks English as native and has a FCE, CAE and CPE from Cambridge University. Company bio Konfío is the leading online lending platform for small businesses in Mexico that uses data for rapid credit assessment, allowing owners to focus on what’s important – growing their business.

Hayde Martinez

Machine Learning Lead, Rever, Inc

Bio: Haydé is the Machine Learning Lead at Rever. She leads our efforts to develop an innovation formula by combining Artificial Intelligence with the input of thousands of frontline workers. Haydé is one of the few women working in AI and machine learning in the world and one of the very few women with this expertise working in Mexico. She has a graduate degree in Artificial Intelligence from the Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Japan, as a JICA scholar, and experience in diverse IT fields such as Development, QA, Operations Support and Infrastructure in companies like Intel and Hewlett-Packard. Haydé’s passion for AI is not limited to her practical work, but in also sharing the fundamentals of AI with other companies and developers within Mexico. She is an enthusiastic ambassador of this cutting edge technology. A bio of Haydé would be incomplete without stating that she’s our most reliable source of energy, joy, and chatter. She channels part of this energy running, cooking, reading and taking care of her three beautiful rescued dogs.

Jackie Hyland

Director, Latin America, Silicon Valley Bank

Bio: Jackie Hyland is a Director on Silicon Valley Bank’s Global Gateway team, which was established to work with innovation companies and their investors in international and emerging technology-focused markets. Leveraging her years of experience in Latin America, Jackie handles business development and manages SVB client relationships with venture capital investors and entrepreneurs in the region. Jackie joined SVB after leading deal activity and portfolio engagement in Latin America as an investment associate with Accion Venture Lab. Jackie has also worked at Compass Group Asset Management in Mexico City where she was part of the real estate private equity team, and Angel Ventures Mexico as a Fulbright Binational Business Scholar, where she managed deal analysis and strategic entrepreneurial initiatives with the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Jackie founded a women’s entrepreneurial mentoring program in Panama in partnership with Vital Voices and the U.S. State Department’s Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas initiative. Jackie holds a bachelor of arts in international relations and journalism from Baylor University and a graduate certificate in business from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

John Occhipinti

Board Member, PubNub

Bio: John is a Partner at Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile software. John has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software technology, marketing, and sales. Previously he was Managing Director of Woodside Fund where he focused on ventures in cloud computing, online advertising technology and software. John presently sits on the boards of Appcelerator, PubNub, Rally, and advises Graffiti Labs. Prior to joining Woodside Fund, John was an early executive at Netscape Communications. Initially, John led a team that drove the company’s first significant revenues, helping launch Netscape through its initial public offering. Later, John ran Netscape’s Electronic Software Distribution and Strategic Channel groups. During his tenure at Netscape, John worked closely with hundreds of early stage entrepreneurs helping build web-based e-commerce and enterprise software applications. Prior to Netscape, John worked at Oracle Corporation, marketing and selling large-scale enterprise database technologies. John has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business, and a BA from the University of California Berkeley. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Trinity School. John is based in our Menlo Park, CA office.

Jorge Lopez

Owner, Vitalis

Bio: Businessman with corporate and multicultural experience for 24 + years. VITALIS ® pension expert, founding partner (current); CONSAR Member of the Surveillance Committee appointed by COPARMEX (current), INFONAVIT Member of the Investment Committee representing the Business Sector (current), AEM Mexican Entrepreneurs Association, a global advisor (current); Metlife Mexico, former Director of Sales and Metropolitan Federal Government (2013/14), Pro-Mexico Trade and Investment, Global former Head of Unit (2007/2010) & former Minister for North America residing in the United States and Canada (2010 / 2013), EO Entrepreneurs Organization (Member since 2004 President & International Board 2005), ANFORAMA ® todo para su cocina, Member of the Board (2006/08) and COMAPRTE, AC Member of the Board (2001 to date).

Julie Ruvolo

Director of Venture Capital Strategy, Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA)

Bio: Julie Ruvolo is Director of Venture Capital Strategy at LAVCA where she manages venture investor relationships in Latin America and globally, and oversees venture-related educational programs and digital content. Prior to joining LAVCA, Julie covered tech and innovation in Brazil as a journalist for TechCrunch, Fusion, Buzzfeed, GOOD Magazine, Advertising Age, and The Atlantic’s CityLab.com. Until 2010, she served as COO of Solvate, a venture-backed startup she co-founded to provide startups on-demand access to exceptional talent. Julie started her career at Sequoia-backed advertising network AdBrite, pioneering relationships with agencies and brand advertisers, and served as the Director of Advertising for DivX, a video technology company. She received her B.A. in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University in 2004 with honors distinction for research conducted in Rio de Janeiro. Bachelor of Arts – Honors, Cultural & Social Anthropology, Stanford University

Lynn Thompson Hoffman

Advisor, B37 Partners & MITA Seed Fund Investor/Advisor

Bio: Lynn was an early investor in, and advisor to, the MITA Seed Fund. She is is an Advisor to B37 Partners, a Silicon Valley VC investing in micro-multinationals with strategic LatAm industry leaders. Lynn was appointed by the Governor to the New Mexico State Investment Council, a $20 billion sovereign wealth fund investing for the benefit of citizens of the state. She is a former Director of Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH) a NASDAQ traded wealth management and private banking company. At Boston Private, Lynn was Lead Director and Chair of the Wealth Management, Compensation and Governance Committees. A lawyer and entrepreneur, Lynn’s experience has ranged from start-ups to NYSE companies in investment banking, publishing, and real estate development. She and her husband live in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Punta Mita, Mexico.

Lynne Bairstow

Managing Partner, MITA Ventures/ MITA Institute

Bio: An Internet entrepreneur, investor and advisor, Lynne’s interest and passion for tech startups comes from both hands-on technical knowledge and high growth marketing/customer acquisition experience. Bilingual and bi-cultural, Lynne has cultivated a unique specialty in working with Mexico businesses and governmental entities in effectively communicating with U.S.-based counterparts and clients. After a successful career as a Vice President of Merrill Lynch, Lynne relocated to Mexico in the early 1990s. She opened her own marketing company with clients in the U.S. and Mexico, including Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, and DINE, master-developer of Punta Mita. Beginning in 1994, Lynne was an early participant in the Internet industry, developing business applications as a partner in Dot.Com Marketing (Chicago, IL), which was named one of the top 20 Web Developers in 1996. She also wrote about new technologies for an audience of professionals, as editor of e-com magazine, a publication focus on Internet-based enterprise technologies, where she had an early window into the current reality of distributed, cloud-based software as services with mobile delivery modules. She is a graduate of University of Florida, with a degree in Economics, and later completing executive education programs at Wharton. Lynne lives in Punta Mita, Mexico, where she enjoys her ideal lifestyle of startups and surfing. During all stages of her professional life, Lynne has been dedicated to community service, and currently devotes time working with PEACE and the Punta de Mita Foundation. Lynne knows Mexico intimately, and is an avid reader and writer. She has authored or co-authored nine books about Mexico, including the best-selling series of Frommer’s and Dummy’s guidebooks, and has contributed to major U.S. publications, writing about Mexico. In 2000, Lynne was awarded the Pluma de Plata by the Mexican Government (SECTUR).

Marco Trujillo

Chief Executive Officer, Sunu

Bio: A go-getter since a very young age, competitive street and latin dancer and an amusing life enthusiast, Marco has won around 20 competitions in his life, principally in the space of Robotics and Entrepreneurship (4 international awards in total). Marco was also named by the MIT Technology Review one of the “Innovators under 35” in 2015, where he also received the Social Innovator of the year award. Marco is the Co-Founder and CEO at Sunu, a hardware company developing wearable Assistive Technology, currently targeting the blind and visually impaired segment with its first product, the Sunu band, “The wearable flashlight for the blind” awarded as one of the best innovations in Mexico (Reto Zapopan 2014), LATAM (Xcala 2015) and the US (MassChallenge 2014). Devoted to his team, Marco is running a company he envisions as being a life-changer for people with disabilities, empowering them to have a more proactive and independent life.

Marcus Dantus

Managing Partner, Dux Capital

Bio: Marcus is a recognized serial entrepreneur with eighteen years as an executive manager, entrepreneur and mentor in both Mexico and the US, heading startups in the ITC and life sciences sectors. Marcus is the Founder of StartUp Mexico – the first super-campus for entrepreneurship in Mexico, and also teaches entrepreneurship and innovation at IPADE, Mexico’s top graduate business school and heads the startup module at ISDI’s Master in Internet Business program. Previously, he founded and headed Wayra Mexico, Telefónica´s startup accelerator, focused primarily on IT and Communication high-impact businesses. He has been CEO and founder of several companies in the past, including Mexico.com, Simitel and Abdeo Medical. Marcus has also won several entrepreneurship and innovation awards including Endeavor’s dedication award and the Intel Entrepreneurship Award in both 2004 and 2008. His companies have produced business cases that are studied at several universities in Mexico, He was selected an Endeavor entrepreneur in 2003 and remains active as a mentor. He remains committed to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in Mexico, both as an academic, investor, board member and advisor in over 30 companies. He studied computer science and administration at ITESM in Mexico and Communications in the University of Pennsylvania in the US.

Mauricio Alvarez-Morphy

Global IT Director – Franchise Leadership & Innovation, The Coca-Cola Company

Bio: Mauricio has consistently delivered results in IT strategy and management for over 20 years by aligning IT organizations and technology initiatives with business goals, achieving substantial improvement to service delivery, standardization, and business performance. By bringing technology to the forefront of business discussions and decision making, Mauricio has effectively raised IT’s value delivery and strategic positioning. As Global IT Franchise Leadership Director at Coca-Cola, Mauricio’s focus on strategy and Innovation has allowed him to lead multiple innovation efforts. He currently leads the Latin America Bridge by Coca-Cola program, a truly unique commercialization program for startups with innovative solutions through the use of information technologies. Acting as a Bridge between the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the Coca-Cola System in Latin America, with the sole objective of achieving commercial ties, the program enables Coca-Cola to scan and test incredible companies to transform its business while helping startups grow theirs.

Mauricio Benavides

Founder & CEO , Switch

Bio: Mauricio is a passionate serious entrepreneur with a drive in making an impact in the world. For the last few years, he has been an active investor in start-ups. His experience goes from creating multiple start-ups to operating Multinational Companies. In his last venture, Mauricio Founded Switch a bill payments platform in Mexico, which is focused on empowering, banked and non-banked individuals to spend less time paying their services. Prior to creating Switch, Mauricio was COO for Revworldwide, a multicurrency company based in Austin operating in 14 countries. Today he is a Board Member and Investor in the company. Prior to Rev, Mauricio Co-founded Sitewit a pay per click marketing company based in Florida with access to over 45 Million Customers. Before Sitewit, Mauricio spent 3 years in Europe running a Distribution Hotel Company with over 8,000 contracted hotels across the globe. He previously served as a Vice President at General Electric, where, for eight years, he held a series of leadership roles including areas of responsibility in sales, risk, finance, and M&A. He also proudly served for three years as the national co-leader for the GE Hispanic Forum. He currently sits on several boards in areas of finance, real estate, manufacturing, and food distribution worldwide. Mauricio holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from ITESM Mexico, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell.

Michael Camuñez

President & CEO, ManattJones Global Strategies, LLC

Bio: Michael Camuñez is President and CEO of ManattJones Global Strategies LLC, which provides strategic advice and advocacy to help companies doing business in emerging economies, with a particular emphasis on Mexico and Latin America. Mr. Camuñez possesses a unique combination of political, legal, economic and international expertise. From 2010 to 2013, as one of the nation’s leading commercial diplomats, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce at the International Trade Administration, where he managed a global portfolio to help lead the U.S. government’s efforts to open new markets for U.S. goods and services. He is most widely recognized for playing a critical role in rebalancing U.S. economic policy toward Mexico. He was the chief architect of the recently established U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, which he proposed, coordinated and later helped launch during President Obama’s visit to Mexico in May 2013. Prior to assuming his role at the Department of Commerce, Mr. Camuñez served in the Obama White House for two years as Special Counsel to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel, as well as Special Assistant to the President. A graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, Mr. Camuñez has a long track record of community leadership. He is a member of the binational board of directors of the Association of Mexican Entrepreneurs (AEM), as well as the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. He is the past president of the Board of Trustees of the Mexican American Bar Foundation and is a past member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors. Michael is a member of the Advisory Committee of the MITA Seed Fund, L.P.

Mike Barrett

CEO, Unosquare

Bio: Unosquare employs nearly 300 software engineers and project managers in Mexico, UK, and the USA. Clients include Bank of the Internet, Columbia Sportswear, and Harvard Business Publishing.

Oscar Robles

CEO, ePesos

Bio: Oscar Robles is founder of ePesos, a fintech company developing an ecosystem to serve microfinance institutions with payment capabilities and new lending products for SMEs and individuals. He has over 25 years of experience in startups, mergers and acquisitions, operations management and strategic planning. Prior to ePesos, he founded Nosotras, a branchless financial institution and Quantum Capital, an advisory firm on financial services and strategy. He also co-founded Atlas Global Group, a US investment bank focused on equity transactions in Latin America. Earlier in his career he was an executive at Cemex and Grupo Cydsa. He holds an MBA from Stanford Univeristy where he was a Fulbright scholar and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Monterrey Tech.

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