Nurturing Innovators Who Are Tackling the World's Most Pressing Issues

Currently, I seed and incubate new technology ventures as a Blackstone LaunchpadTechstars  Entrepreneur in Residence (Director) and as a Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz and for the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps


I work with teams that see entrepreneurship as a powerful tool to solve the world's most pressing problems. My focus is on AI, science, and digital startups tackling grand challenges and creating a new kind of ventures by embodying the values of diversity, inclusion and shared prosperity, from day one. 


As a Lecturer at UCSC, I teach entrepreneurship and design thinking, and "Hacking for Oceans", a new course launched as part of the "Hacking for" course series hosted at Stanford and at the University of California, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and San Diego, applying the lean startup methodology to real world problems in specific areas of research and academic excellence in each campus.


I am also a member of the UC system's innovation & entrepreneurship group created by the UC Office of the President with the aim of making the UC system increasingly entrepreneurial and innovative.


Last but not least, I teach entrepreneurship and design thinking to scientists and engineers through Innovation Corps, the U.S. National Science Foundation's program aimed at bringing more research-based innovations to market. My courses and the Innovation Corps program are experiential and project-based, allowing teams to develop early-stage ideas and to launch new ventures from the classroom. 

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