About Me

I was born and raised in Miami.  My parents are both Cuban, which makes me a first-generation American (this is certainly not unique in Miami).  I have two wonderful older sisters named Claudia and Danielle who did a good job of making a gentleman of me.

In college I majored in Civil Engineering at Vanderbilt University, where I graduated magna cum laude and was fortunate enough to receive the Chancellor’s Scholarship, a four-year full-tuition scholarship awarded to two incoming students each year.

After graduating from Vanderbilt in 2000 I moved to New York as an Analyst with A.T. Kearney.  One year later, the economy fell to pieces and I was out of a job.  Rather than lick my wounds by getting back to work, I licked my wounds backpacking through Southeast Asia.  I spent one year traveling through Burma, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.  That was an experience few Americans allow themselves, though I feel everyone should do it if they have the time and money.

I returned to Miami, and acclimating back to the U.S. was not easy.  I worked in a building technology company and helped develop the company’s most recent patent.  After that I chose to start my own company.  I established the first medical-spa in Miami, giving it the name “Sutera” after the Indonesian word for “silk.”  Here is the website (disclaimer: it is Web 1.0): www.SuteraSkin.com.  We launched in February 2005 after almost two years of planning and fundraising.  Sutera became cashflow positive in its third month of operation, and the rest is history.  I learned SO MUCH from starting and running my own business, especially since there were no precedents to follow in our market.  My investors are happy and I’m happy, but I’d honestly love to sell the thing.

When I felt the education of owning my own company had plateaued, I decided to attend Columbia Business School for a formal business education.  Though it cost a ton of money and I am up to my eyeballs in student loan debt, it was a brilliant decision.  During my second year I was lucky enough to land an internship at Milestone Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm in midtown.  After graduating from business school in May 2008, I stayed on with Milestone as an Associate.  The amount that I have learned about venture investing and startups while at Milestone is indescribable.

Though I am currently an Associate at Milestone, I am looking to join a hot growing company.  I am eager to build again.  The Milestone partners are well aware of this and are in full support of my decision.

On the softer side, I have a passion for music.  Listening to it, not playing it.  I particularly love indie rock.  I also love New York and live in the West Village.

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