Jesse Martinez

World Economic Forum 2020 Delegate
Co-author; 4X Founder
Founder @Latinx_startups
Founding Investment Partner @Resolved Ventures
Venture Partner @VamosVentures
Hispanic Star Bay Area Hub Leader

Bio:

Jesse is a serial tech entrepreneur, educator, philanthropist, investor, advisor, mentor, and a passionate evangelist for the global Latinx tech community. He was recently honored to attend the  World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos as a delegate for the 1st  U.S.  Hispanic  Delegation  led by the We Are All Human Foundation. He is also a co-author – Hispanic  Stars  Rising published in 2020.

He has spent over 20+ years in San Francisco/Silicon Valley and is originally from Houston, Texas along with being a proud Texas A&M Aggie. 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.

As a serial entrepreneur, Jesse was the cofounder of  Picosito.com (Bilingual Latino portal pioneer),  Giggo (Spanish only Groupon-like pioneer), Media Relevance (Contextual  media advertising for video), and Founder of CareerForce (Workforce development for the Salesforce economy) where he was incubated at the Salesforce Incubator (Now  Accelerate) and was their first  Entrepreneur  in  Residence  (EIR). In 1999, Jesse was honored with a  U.S.  Congressional

 Record by the House of Representatives  for their work around Picosito.com

He has also been a participant in four accelerators such as Hackers/Founders Co-op, AP HANA Startup Focus Program,  Momentum and Startup  Brasil  (first international cohort).

He is the Founder of  Latinx  Startup  Alliance  (LSA, 2011) whose mission is to empower Latino tech founders and has grown organically to over 1K+ members globally. He has been honored with multiple visits to the White House (Tech Inclusion), two visits to the Clinton  Global  Initiative , two visits to the United Nations (NYC 2019), and co-chaired a delegation of twelve Latinos  in Tech to Israel (Startup Nation).

Through his LSA work, Jesse has appeared on  LatiNation Top  20 Latino Tech Leaders  ,  Nissan  Latino,  NASDAQ TradeTalks , ispanicize, including many tech conference panels and articles.

In 2016, LSA fostered a strategic partnership with  Republic  (Equity crowdfunding) and coleads the  LSA Republic Community  of 500+ member investors. Recently, he has been a capital advisor for multiple cohorts for the Stanford  Latino  Entrepreneurship  Initiative. 

He was also the cofounder of  Avion  – the first pre-accelerator supporting Latina tech founders.

Jesse  is  a  startup  advisor  to Opt   Health venida,   madeBOS itch   Genius, DentiDesk, SOMOS, Gritly, & Bedrock  Analytics  LaDaDa (exit), and honored to mentor many. He was also an advisor to ackers/Founders  Co-op, the  SXSW  2016  &  2018  Pitch  Accelerator, a   UN Delegate  for  Blockchain  for  Impact, and a TechCrunch’s 9th & 10th  Annual  Crunchies  Board Member.

Jesse is a Founding Investment Partner at  Resolved  Ventures focused on diversity allocations for pre-IPO companies and a new generation of diverse LPs on cap tables. He is also a venture partner  at  VamosVentures,  a  $50M  fund  focused on U.S. Latino-led and  diverse founder startups; a member of Top  Latinx  Tech  Leaders; a member/speaker of  We  Are  All   Human: Hispanic   Promise  &  Leadership   Summits; co-founder for the Titan Institute. a Hispanic  Star  Bay  Area  Hub  Leader,  and a Jesse is proud to be back in his hometown working on establishing their new strategic HQ for Latinx Startup Alliance at  The  Ion to support Latinx tech founders and the tech ecosystem in Houston along with the State of Texas. He is also on the Plaza Tec (The Ion) Advisory Board. Jesse grew up in the neighborhood of Northside Houston, attended HISD schools graduating from Sam Houston High School with a certificate in Vocational Drafting.

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