Brief Bios of Latinx Venture Capitalists
Very seldom our Latinx community comes together to celebrate our accomplishments in Silicon Valley. The Latinx Speaker Series is about two objectives. Firstly, it's to bring together the various sectors of our Silicon Valley Latinx community such as: high-tech, education, government, and much more. Secondly, it’s to pull the curtains back and explore how different parts of our community are managed through the words of exciting expert speakers.
Whether you are a curious community member, an entrepreneur in search of funding, or an industry expert, we are coming together to celebrate the success of our Latinx community in Silicon Valley.
You are invited to join us on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 for a candid conversation with Latinx Venture Capitalists via online.
The following is a brief bio of each panelist and the facilitators:
Alex Guerrero is a Principal at Act One Ventures, a community focused, early-stage micro-vc fund based in Los Angeles. Previously, Alex was the co-founder & CEO of Uniq Apps, Inc., a SaaS platform for encrypted work messaging. Prior to Uniq, he was the co-founder of Live Entertainment Network, an HTML5 interactive video player platform that helped artists monetize live shows on a “premium-content-only” destination. He has over 10 years of experience in strategy, business, product development, digital media, start-ups and music.
Samara is Founding Partner of a institutionally-backed pre-seed stage fund, Chingona Ventures, focusing on investing in technology and technology-enabled companies all over the U.S. Prior to this she was an early stage investor at MATH Venture Partners, an early-stage venture fund investing in technology start-ups with differentiated approaches to customer acquisition. In this capacity, she led new investment review, diligence and execution. Prior to venture capital, Samara worked at Goldman Sachs, where she was continually ranked top 5 in selling financial products, providing market insights, advising on portfolio construction, and consulting on business practices.
To learn more about Samara Mejia Hernandez click here.
Roman Leal is the Co-Founder and CEO of LEAP Global Partners, a seed fund and accelerator founded to connect and invest in the most talented founders across the Americas. Roman Leal is a serial entrepreneur, with over 10 years of experience in product, operations and strategy in social networking, education and financial technology sectors. Prior to LEAP, Roman was a Co-Founder and CEO of QueSee, a social learning platform for Latinos.
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Miriam Rivera is co-founder and managing director of Ulu Ventures, a top seed stage venture fund in Silicon Valley focused on IT startups. Ulu generates great financial results using a disciplined, repeatable decision- making process that analyzes risk-reward trade-offs and also reduces cognitive bias. Entrepreneurs in the current fund are quite diverse by industry standards and she is dedicated to increasing diversity in both the entrepreneurial and investment communities.
To learn more about Miriam Rivera click here.
John is focused on delivering best-fit solutions, insights and connections for Silicon Valley Bank’s clients. Over 23 years at SVB John has constantly – and enthusiastically - made connections between entrepreneurs, investors, the Fortune 500, bankers and even winemakers. Today, John is the President of SVB Capital, SVB’s funds management business with $4.5 billion under management across venture capital funds of funds and direct funds. In this role, he is responsible for growing the funds business as well as SVB’s Early Stage Practice supporting entrepreneurs and startups at their earliest stages, and SVB’s Family Office practice. John is a long-standing member of SVB Capital’s Operating Committee.
Based in SVB's Santa Monica office, Managing Director Alejandro (Al) Guerrero works with portfolio companies and their management teams to help them build their vision for the future and succeed. Al’s experience in business creation, business and corporate development and investing, when combined with his proven ability and passion for increasing profits helps him work with early-stage tech startups throughout Los Angeles’ thriving ecosystem. He’s especially looking forward to leveraging more than a decade of experience in the Media & Entertainment vertical to help move forward some of LA’s most innovative companies.
To learn more about Al Guerrero click here.
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