A few days ago I attended the Hardware Workshop in San Francisco. It was a great way to speed up the learning curve by looking at what others have done and the obstacles they encounter. The simple truth I learned is that hardware is still much much difficult than software and that is hard to change unless technologies like 3D printing becomes pervasive. Also, I saw a world that considers software as a necessity rather than primordial need to differentiate and compete. From my point of view, the need for hardware will only increase but the fact is that software is indeed, eating the world.…Read more
It has been almost a year since we launched Interesante.com to the public. It has been a fantastic ride and there are a lot of things that we’ve learned that I’d like to share. The main thing we learn is be clear, concise and truthful with our users, investors and advisors. To that end, I’ve prepared this post that explains who we are, how we came to be and where are we going.…Read more
I was happy to see this post about Andy Kieffer in Pando Daily. He moved to Mexico after a successful exit in the Valley and started Agave Labs. I don’t know him, personally, but I love what he’s doing and I wanted to add my perspective since I’m from Ecuador, I’ve been running remote teams from South America, and I’ve lived in the Silicon Valley for over a decade.…Read more
The Silicon Valley has seen the waves of technology innovation from the exuberance of the 1990’s to the boom and bust of the dot com era and to a more sustainable boom of the past few years. We’ve come a long way in understanding how the world can be changed by technology and how to make the progress constant and exponential.…Read more
I love the cadence of spoken word, the fast paced hip-hop lyrics, the realism of country music and the stickiness of pop. 14 years ago, when I first came to the US, I listened to NPR while commuting back and forth between Stanford where my wife went to school and San Francisco, where I went to school. I became obsessed with the nuances of pronunciation and I wanted to learn as much as possible about it. I would mimic the pronunciation of the word “what” hundreds of times. I would memorize the cadence and enunciation of their canned intros. I was fascinated with the diversity of accents I would hear during my daily commute.
Never Give Up, No Matter What.
Our little boy was born deaf and was on track for cochlear implants in both ears. One day he started complaining and taking the hearing aids off. We took him to the doctor for a follow up testing and the results were stunning. He went from being almost profoundly deaf to almost normal hearing. The doctors say it’s a miracle. He loves to sing and play piano and we love to listen.
The Latinos Of Silicon Valley
A great article by Giovanni Rodriguez in Forbes (The Latinos Of Silicon Valley) describes with ease the role that Latinos are playing in the Silicon Valley. He mentions Rebecca and I as emerging leaders. We’re thrilled to see a community of new leaders emerging in the Silicon Valley and to be considered among them. But truly, our team makes all of this possible.
I wanted to expand on the article with my point of view and explain why his article matters so much.
The Latinos of Silicon Valley –– We are about technology. We are like a startup. We are about the world. (Giovanni Rodriguez in a Forbes article dated May 11th 2013)
We’ve been in the Silicon Valley for well over a decade. We came directly to Stanford after a full year of traveling abroad. Over the years, we’ve learned that the Valley can be fun, unpredictable, exciting, rewarding and sometimes even heartbreaking. There’s a reason why people from all over the world come here –– it all boils down to an insatiable feeling of curiosity and the unstoppable need to create something, to put a ding in the universe, as Steve Jobs would say.
I’ve always been curious about the most random things. As a kid I wondered what would happen if I used my dad’s computer. I reformatted the hard drive and it took him hours to restore it. It was thrilling and scary at the same time. I wondered about luck and class differences. As a kid I was acutely aware of the socioeconomic differences we had to face as a family. I think experiencing that and being aware of it has helped me strive for something better throughout my life. I was part of the have-nots and though it was tough, I enjoyed being the underdog and rising above it –– and still do.
I wanted to know more but I didn’t know where to start. My mom was pivotal, as she implanted the seed of curiosity by filling the gaps of knowledge with new and mesmerizing facts and stories about far away lands. Even though I had a great coach, after a while the oppressive environment with a revolving door of presidents and coups brought me down, so I stopped looking and I became a follower. But thankfully not for long. It was hard because it meant being completely aloof and putting my head down, which has never been one of my strengths, so I started looking again.
When I arrived to the Silicon Valley, everything changed –– not overnight but it was a pretty fast transition. I took up computer science, though I’d never programmed in my life and I was lucky enough to get an internship at Sun Microsystems. I didn’t know anyone but as things happen here, we met a super cool guy who happened to be a director of marketing at Sun and he happened to be looking for interns. Plus I happened to be persistent. I worked Saturdays and Sundays at the office. I was thankful that they would let me come to the office on the weekend and also surprised that not many people did, except the director.
My family’s emphasis on education, hard work and risk-taking was a great platform where to stand. Then I came here, to the Silicon Valley, as an outsider and now I feel part of the fabric of it. The platform my family built helped me stand tall and face challenges, accept failure and to always strive to be better. I believe we have a big responsibility to open up doors and to build up our presence in business, technology and innovation.
As Giovanni said in his article, we “expect others — Latinos and non-Latinos alike — to begin investing. For one of the most remarkable things about Silicon Valley is that it is fast emerging as one of the world’s new melting pots.”
Live in the future, then build what’s missing — Paul Graham Entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley go to work every day to build products for that demographic –– which is usually homogeneous. Many technology startups in the Silicon Valley go after the not-so-mythical tech savvy urban hipster. Although Silicon Valley is well known across the world…Read more
The market is a summary of the current standing of 50 million Americans that are undervalued. The second point deals with why big brands are confused when targeting this market and the success of Yahoo! US Hispanics. The short answer is that they have folks who understand the general market but do not know how to deal with a differentiated market. We need more people who can relate to the market and evolve with it. Next we deal with how to fix it and why The US Latino Market Needs A Better Elevator Pitch. We analyze the fact that Latinos In Power Have A Responsibility and we are falling behind. We need to band together and claim our rightful place in the new and more colorful America. To do this I argue, that we need to focus in business and not so much in politics. Last but not least, I urge you to believe and then act.…Read more
I am so proud to two very important milestones for Interesante. First, the partnership with NORTEC Collective and second, the newly updated Interesante for iPhone. Yes, it has been only two weeks since the last update as we keep furiously moving forward making our core features better in order to provide a superb user experience.…Read more