Eddy Perez - Founder
Eddy Perez is the founder and CEO of ProjectBinario, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 2017 with the goal of supporting entrepreneurs from non-traditional tech destinations, notably the Caribbean and Latin America. After starting his career and spending nearly a decade in the world of international development, he switched gears to the fast-thinking, startup culture of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, where he worked for various teams at Salesforce. Eddy is now part of the Developer Relations team at Akamai Technologies where he is growing community engagement around developer and admin users. He is a graduate of Florida State University ('99) and has a Masters degree in International Communication from American University ('03).
Susan Ozawa Perez, Ph.D. - Co-founder / Economic Advisor
Susan is an economist specialized in economic development and finance. She lends her expertise to Project Binario’s portfolios on academic engagement and social impact. Susan has been an independent investment advisor and wealth manager focused on socially responsible investments and has a diverse background in the non-profit sector on issues ranging from human, women’s and workers’ rights, to disaster relief, environmental justice and equitable economic development. She is an alum of UC Santa Cruz ('99) and received her doctorate in Economics from The New School for Social Research ('13).
Meghan Stevenson-Krausz - Co-founder
Meghan studied International Relations at the University of St Andrews ('12) and has a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics ('13). She is very excited to be helping to create Project Binario, as she believes strongly in the power of entrepreneurs to create sustainable change in their communities. She enjoys bringing friends together over food and films to discuss matters of the heart and mind, especially relating to women’s issues. By day she works at a VC focused on FinTech. By night she is finding more ways to help democratize access to the resources so prevalent in the Valley, such as through ProjectBinario and in her role as Vice Curator of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers San Francisco Hub. Don't stress her out, or you might just find yourself with some of her coveted banana bread in one hand and a mug of home-brewed chai in the other.
Prof. Rolando Rodriguez - Executive Advisor
A Cuban academic professor and a scientist with ample spectrum of expertise, connecting our interdisciplinary programs in technology, science and economy with social projects in a large network. Rolando is a born strategist with a sharp vision, have been involved in coaching and mentoring start-ups in Cuba and other countries at different levels. His knowledge of the Cuban regulatory system and the dynamic of the country entrepreneurship arena is also helping ProjectBinario to identify and connect strategic partnerships.
Jesse Martinez - Startup Advisor
Jesse first found his way into tech in the late-90s as employee 27 of a Silicon Valley company that grew fast into a 1,000+ and was subsequently acquired for $180 million. That experience and access to his new mentors/advisors, led Jesse to cofound one of the first U.S. online bilingual Latino communities, Picosito.com, in the process raising $2.3 million in seed capital and quickly receiving two acquisition offers. Jesse then cofounded his 2nd startup, Giggo, a Groupon-like venture delivering their messaging in Spanish. His third startup, Relevance, took him to Brazil as the country director under the Startup Brasil Program. His other personal passion is the Latino Startup Alliance, a non-profit supporting global Latino Tech Entrepreneurs and startup ecosystems where he serves as Co-founder | Co-chair. Jesse is the first Entrepreneur in Residence for Salesforce Incubator working on a new venture, CareerForce, to train the next generation of diverse talent (non-tech backgrounds) in becoming Salesforce Administrators. He is a proud alum of Texas A&M University (’92) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Rich Landry - Entrepreneurial Advisor
Rich, currently Director of ISV Solution Management at Salesforce, has nearly 30 years experience building and leading product management and technical teams, building customer success organizations, managing products and their market strategy, managing business relationships, and creating market opportunities. He has worked in many parts of the tech business from IT to Product Management to Partnerships to Customer Success to Sales. Rich has done just about every role and had fun doing it. His golden rule is essentially, "If ya can't have fun doing it then ya shouldn't be doing it." When not working in corporate America, Rich is also "Captain Escape," a Christian illusionist using his talents in the art of escape to convey to children valuable life lessons related to faith. He's also a proud graduate of Texas A&M in Economics and Math. ('87... whoop!)
Carlos Busquets - Policy Advisor
Carlos is a global public policy executive specialized in business advocacy and public/private cooperation. He has provided strategic policy advice and guidance to Fortune 500 companies operating internationally, helping them understand, manage and shape international regulatory environments. Carlos recently launched Americas Club to promote entrepreneurship across the Western Hemisphere. Carlos is a graduate of the University of South Florida ('97) and has a Masters degree in Public Policy from American University ('98).
Tuan Anh Tran Caraballo - Technical Advisor
Tuan is a Cuban native and a technology enthusiast. He is deeply interested in learning how technology can improve the lives of those in emerging economies. After moving to Silicon Valley to pursue his studies in Computer Science at Stanford University, Tuan has actively led efforts to create bilateral ties between Stanford undergrads and Cuban college students and entrepreneurs. He supports ProjectBinario in matters of programs and partnerships.