Jesse Martinez: Spark America

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Jesse Martinez is a busy entrepreneur who not only works on startups but has decided to take the Latino community with him with all his successes.  I’m not sure where he manages to find the time or the patience?  He is one of the nicest guys around.  He spoke to me about Spark America & their mission.

Jesse Martinez 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. He is currently now working on his third startup – 41 Ads & cofounder of two of his personal passions – Latino Startup Alliance (Global non-profit supporting Latino Tech Entrepreneurs) and Youth Startups (Non-profit introducing Tech Entrepreneurship to Youth in under-represented U.S. Public Schools).  Jesse is also involved asTeam leader for the U.S. White House Team on Tech Inclusion – Connect to Tech; Board Member for MEDA (Mission Economic Development Agency); Member of the White House Team Initiative on Hispanics and Education; Founder Member Status of the Stanford d.school HACK.d community; Silicon Valley Latino Advisory Board Member; At-large advisory member of Social Innovators and Investors Resource; At-large advisory member for Ashoka Youth Ventures; At-large advisory member for Relay Foundation.  You can find Jesse on Twitter @Chuy101

Logo_red_backgroundSpark America is a San Francisco, CA -based not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing together the U.S. Latin American ecosystem of professionals & businesses in the Bay Area and helping to facilitate ties between San Francisco Bay Area and Latin America including Brazil.  Spark America’s business unit – Latino Startup Alliance (LSA) is mapping the Latino entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Bay Area and encouraging these professionals and startups to interact among themselves as well as with Latin American entrepreneurs looking for guidance and connections to expand their companies.

 

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