Chairman, Cuba Emprende Foundation
John is an early stage investor focused on technology opportunities in the U.S. and Latin America.
He is currently a director of and investor in four private companies involved in the education technology, cloud migration and software development sectors, which collectively have raised $135 million in venture capital.
Born in Cuba, he has been returning regularly since 2004 to support humanitarian projects. John is chairman of the Cuba Emprende Foundation, which funds and oversees the largest entrepreneur training program and the only small business incubators/accelerators on the island. He recently co-sponsored the 10x10K competition to select and accelerate ten of the leading tech businesses in Cuba. John was one of the Cuban Americans invited to the White House to brief President Obama ahead of his trip in March of 2016.
John had a 25 year career as an international investment banker in New York and London. He retired in 2004 as a partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co, where he spent 12 years focused on Latin America, including being Goldman’s CEO for that region. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Economics.