Founder & CEO, TheVentureCity
Joined by an international team of former executives of hyper growth companies like Facebook, eBay, Google and more, Laura González-Estéfani is Founder and CEO of The Venture City, an ecosystem accelerator for tech that’s structured much like an actual city. Inspired by the need for more transparency, diversity and fairness in the industry, The Venture City’s mission is to redefine the tech acceleration model through a worldwide network of disruptive growth hubs stretching from Miami, FL to Silicon Valley and Madrid, Spain.
Prior to founding The Venture City, Laura spent nearly nine years with Facebook in various roles supporting overall growth strategies. She was initially brought on as Country Manager for Spain and Portugal, being the first employee in country reporting to the headquarters Growth team. From there, Laura was tapped to lead the Growth, Mobile & Partnerships team for Latin America, spearheading the Internet.org and connectivity initiatives from Silicon Valley and later Miami. Before Facebook, Laura held management roles at eBay, Siemens and Ogilvy Group and co-founded Esplaya.com, the first international beach tourism digital platform. Overall, Laura brings a wealth of experience that transcends global coastlines and has positioned her well to embark on the next phase of her career with The Venture City.
Laura is passionate about technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and proactively supporting diversity and women in the field, making the entrepreneurial ecosystem more global and accessible. This passion extends beyond the boardroom as she has actively supported the growth of startups both personally as an angel investor and jointly through Genus Ventures. Furthermore, Laura is active in the community, serving as a coach at the Babson College WINLab, a mentor of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Leadership Initiative and mentor and panelist at Endeavor.
Laura, her husband and three children call Miami, FL home, though she spends much of her time traveling all over the world spreading her entrepreneurial passion.