meet our best in class team

meet our best in class team

We are an international executive team from hyper-growth companies with successful track records as mentors, entrepreneurs and executives.

Laura González-Estéfani
Laura González-EstéfaniFounder & CEO
Laura spent nearly nine years with Facebook in various roles supporting overall growth strategies. Laura led the Growth, Mobile & Partnerships team for Latin America, spearheading the Internet.org and connectivity initiatives from Silicon Valley and later Miami. Before Facebook, Laura held management roles at eBay, Siemens and Ogilvy Group and co-founded Esplaya.com, the first international beach tourism digital platform.
Clara Bullrich
Clara BullrichCO-Founder
Managing partner for Guggenheim Partners Latin America/LJ Partnerships, a leading independent, privately-held multi-family office with assets under management of $5 billion dollars. Guggenheim has branches in Miami, London, Geneva, Lisbon, The Isle of Man, Neuchatel and Hong Kong.

Santiago Canalejo

Chief Operations Officer

Passionate about working on different business cultures, bringing together European and Pan-American ways of understanding business and leading people towards common goals.

Victor J Servin

Chief Technology Officer

Worked in tech & telco for the last 17 years, from software development to lead digital transformation. I always leverage a good mix of technical and business knowledge, finding the right balance between clean & cutting edge solutions, with business feasibility

Katya Skorobogatova

VP of Growth

Ekaterina was singlehandedly responsible for growing Facebook penetration in Russia. She then joined the Instagram team on their internationalization and then later on WhatsApp’s integration and growth.

Patricia de Loro

Chief Product Officer

Early digital pioneer. With over 16 years digital product and strategy, I am passionate about creating experiences that drive strong revenues and great customer service. I am a Telecommunications engineer, IESE International MBA and MIT Innovation Program.

Guillermo Cortina

VP, Bank

Multilingual Senior Executive with significant experience in strategy development, strategic investments, structured deals, sales and marketing, debt and equity capital markets, securities trading, hedging, risk management, and finance.

Guillermo Cortina

Jimena Zubiria

VP, University Americas

My passion is helping individuals grow personally and professionally through continuous learning, development, and support.

Carlos Montes

VP, University EMEA

Developed my career in international environments with special focus in the Marketing área where I covered several disciplines.

Roberto Carlos Navas

VP of Engineering, Lab

As 18+ years experience developing internet, telco and mobile products in emerging markets across LATAM, including Apps, also pioneered partnership initiatives with Facebook, Google, and others.

Juan Ramiro

VP, Engineering EMEA

Industrial engineer passionate about what technology can bring to businesses. Previous to theventurecity i founded my own tech consultancy firm where i helped other companies on their digital transformation.

Andrés Areitio

Fund Partner

Passionate about Entrepreneurship and building the Future. With an MBA from INSEAD, where he focused on Venture Capital and Data Science, he is a 2x founder and has worked in management consulting/finance in Europe and Asia.

María Pereda

Fund Strategist, Bank

Having started her career in finance in New York, Maria is passionate about the disruptive potential of new technologies when effectively combined with financial and human capital. Graduated with Honors from Babson College with a B.S. in Entrepreneurship.

Rosa Jiménez

Chief Ecosystem Relations

After more than 15 years in journalism, she was the first Spanish speaking correspondent in Silicon Valley, for EL PAÍS. She has deep connections in the startup ecosystem in the USA, Europe and LATAM.

Monica Simo Black

Fund Partner

Mónica, a Miami native with degrees from MIT and Stanford, has 10+ years experience investing in global venture capital and private equity at a wide range of firms, including the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Providence Equity Partners.

Monica Simo Black

David Smith

Data Scientist
David combines data science experience at Teva Pharmaceuticals with a prior career in consulting, software, and entrepreneurship. He has an MBA from Wharton and a BS in engineering from Rice, and organizes the Miami Data Science Meetup.

Monica Simo Black

Daniel Yuste

VP, Business Mindset
Serial Entrepreneur, 25 years in Strategy, Marketing, Business Development, Consulting at PayPal, Nike, McKinsey, Microsoft, BtoBfactory and 11 years as Partner of Designit & CEO Latam. ScubaDiver and Founder & Executive producer of the movement Protagonists of Progress.

Daniel Yuste

Ricardo Sangion

VP of Growth Accelerator Americas

Launched operations for Facebook and Pinterest in Latin America and helped to establish the mobile ecosystem in Brazil as an executive at Claro and Vivo. Also an entrepreneur on the hospitality and food&drink industries.

Ricardo Sangion

Andrés Dancausa

VP Growth Accelerator at EMEA

Passionate about helping to build ambitious companies capable of changing industries. MBA holder from IE Business School. As a serial entrepreneur (iAhorro in 2008 and SofiaSquare 2016), Andrés is a real founder, over +10 years leading teams from 1 to more than 120 people.

Andres Dancausa

Eugenia Alvarez

Director Madrid Campus

Venezuelan, passionate about building company culture and fostering a community lifestyle within TheVentureCity ecosystem. Background in Advertising and Marketing. Experienced data analyst and venture builder.

Eugenia Alvarez

Muzaffar Sayeed

VC Associate

Passionate about SaaS & Deep-Tech, Muz focuses on all EMEA investments. He has Masters in Big Data (IE Business School) and BS in Engineering (UCalgary). Worked as product development consultant for clients in Canada/USA and co-founder of IoT Analytics startup.

Muzzafar Sayeed

David Marcus

VP of Product

David spent the past 10 years founding and operating multiple startups including Superkix, a search engine for authentic sneakers, Flavors.me (acquired by Moo), a social media-based personal website builder, and Goodsie, an SMB ecommerce platform.

David Marcus

Brooke-Richardson

Brooke Richardson

Growth Accelerator Associate
Marketing and sales rock-star with 5+ years in account & project management. During MBA, fell in love with entrepreneurship and went on to found a retail-tech startup. Understands the challenges founders face and is eager to work with these dream-makers!

Brooke Richardson

Maria Derchi Russo

Miami Campus Director

Ecosystem builder passionate about fostering community and helping entrepreneurs launch and grow businesses. Prior experience growing digital products at various technology startups.

Brooke Richardson

Yannick-Ruby

Yannick Ruby

Data Scientists

20+ years experience in Data & Analytics helping companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 to make better decisions using their data.

Brooke Richardson

Andres fajardo

Andrés Fajardo

VP of Product

Passionate about designing and growing innovative businesses through product development and strategy. Andrés combines his engineering and consulting background with 10+ years of startup experience. Andrés is an entrepreneur, an MBA holder from IE Business School and Madrid’s ProductTank organizer.

Andrés Fajardo

Our Ambassadors

Adriana Cisneros
Adriana CisnerosCEO and Vice Chairman of Cisneros
Adriana is also President of the Fundación Cisneros, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving education in the region and Co-chair of Endeavor Miami.
Eduardo Montes
Eduardo MontesPresidente de Sgel
Eduardo also held several positions at Alcatel, GEC Alstom and Siemens where he was Chief Executive Officer for Spain and member of the Executive Board of Siemens AG.

Mentors & Coaches

We connect you with the highest caliber mentors with experience in your industry and technology. Our mentors are well known experts who support you and help you to solve concrete technical or managerial problems.