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Jesse Martinez

Latino Startup Alliance
Co-Founder
Originally from Houston, Texas, Jesse found his way to San Francisco in March 1997 where he first experienced what it meant to work for a startup. As employee 27, he got to see firsthand the building of a Silicon Valley company (funded by Sequoia Capital) that ultimately grew into a thousand employee+ Corporation all in less than a year as it was acquired for $180 million by Frontier Communications.

That experience and access to his new mentors/advisors, led Jesse to cofound along with his brother in 1998 one of the first U.S. online bilingual Latino communities (Picosito.com) which was recognized by a U.S. Congressional Record by the House of Representatives in 1999 for their efforts around technology in Latino Community. They raised $2.3 million in seed capital and had two acquisition offers in less than six months.

After the dot com era, Jesse went back to Corporate America; he has over 10 years in the BPM industry & has worked with industry leaders such as Xerox Global Services, IKON, & Kofax as a Business Development Manager.

Jesse has since then emerged into the tech scene again and is the cofounder of his third startup - Relevance. He also spends the rest of his time as cofounder on his personal passion, Latino Startup Alliance , a non-profit supporting global Latino Tech Entrepreneurs and startup ecosystems.

Jesse is also very honored and proud to be involved with the following:
• Team leader for the U.S. White House Team on Tech Inclusion
• Board Member for MEDA (Mission Economic Development Agency)
• Founder Member Status of the Stanford d.school HACK.d community
• Silicon Valley Latino Advisory Board Member
• Advisor to several tech companies

In his free time, Jesse likes participating in hackathons, outdoors sports, triathlons, and most importantly, supporting other entrepreneurs.

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, March 31
 

6:00pm

 

My Moderators Sessions

Tuesday, April 1
 

9:30am