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Jesse Martinez

Founder, Tech Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist
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. He was also the cofounder of his 2nd startup – Giggo, a groupon-like venture delivering their messaging all in Spanish. 

Jesse is the Cofounder of AVION Ventures which is the 1st pre-accelerator focused on Latina women working on mobile ventures and based in San Francisco. His other personal passion is the Latino Startup Alliance, a non-profit supporting global Latino Tech Entrepreneurs and startup ecosystems where he serves as the Cofounder | Co-chair. Previously, he was the cofounder/COO of his third startup - Relevance, which took him to Brazil as the country director under the Startup Brasil Program.   

Currently, Jesse is the first Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for Salesforce Incubator working on a new venture at the intersection of Capital + Diverse Founders + Impact. He is also the Cofounder and Co-chair for the 1st Americas Summit – Bridging the Americas and SF/Silicon Valley.

Jesse is also very honored and proud to be involved with the following: 

- Advisor to several startups
- Advisor for Hackers/Founders Co-op
- Board Member for Growth Sector
- Advisory Board Member for #YesWeCode
- SXSW 2016 Accelerator Advisory Board Member
- TechCrunch 9th Annual Crunchies and 10th Annual Board Member
- Global EIR Coalition Community Advisor Committee Member
- 2016 Clinton Global Initiative Speaker
- 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Attendee
- 2016 South By South Lawn @ The White House Attendee
- Team leader for the U.S. White House Team on Tech Inclusion
- Previous Board Member for MEDA (Mission Economic Development Agency)

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

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, April 6

2:10pm EDT