HUB101: startup accelerator for diversity

Elaine Rita Mendus | January 8, 2014 | 8:49 pm
A new startup accelerator in the Los Angeles metropolitan area is looking for creative people who aren’t “fresh out of college and eating ramen”. HUB101 is trying to create a mentor-driven program that helps user-entrepreneurs make the first step into bringing their ideas to the real world. HUB101 provides entrepreneurs with experienced mentors, programs to bring their product to life, and office space. All of this will be available at night and weekend – allowing the entrepreneur access to these valuable assets on their own time.… more
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Quippi: An international shopping solution for Mexican workers

Elaine Rita Mendus | January 7, 2014 | 1:26 am
For Mexican workers who send money home, there is always the issue of how to send their earnings home for family members who need them. To ensure that these funds get to family members without being marred by fees, some are turning to Quippi. Quippi is an international shopping card that has partnered with some of Mexico’s largest retailers such as Coppel and Chedraui to make the transfer of funds an easy, and safe, process. MásWired sat down for a Q&A session with the CEO of Quippi, Michael Aleles, where he told us more about the service, how it works, and what the goals are for Quippi in the future.… more
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Microloan service Vittana helps students pay for school

Elaine Rita Mendus | July 24, 2013 | 1:09 am
A microloan program, Vittana, works to make financing education easier for students in less developed countries by allowing people in other parts of the world to sponsor a student with microloan. These loans allow students living in different parts of the world the opportunity to afford an education that they otherwise would be unable to pay for. Vittana’s offering to students is simple: microloans pay for the costs of a higher education can pull students out of poverty and through school.… more
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Biovideo captures the emotions of life’s first moments

Texans for Economic Progress | May 29, 2013 | 12:02 am
Mothers Day 2013 may have passed but one San Antonio-based company is finding a way to celebrate Moms and their newborns every single day of the year.  Biovideo Productions produces movies of a baby’s first day of life. Filming, editing and production is completed generally less than 48 hours after the baby is born so that parents can view and share the video directly from the hospital. Biovideo delivers more than 1,500 custom videos each month thanks to the ability to manage and control operations through an online interactive enterprise system which allows the start-up to monitor production status every step of the way, from anywhere in the world. … more
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Eva Longoria advocates for Latino biz owners

Elaine Rita Mendus | May 27, 2013 | 10:36 pm
Eva Longoria is not a name people associate with small business. The fiery Latina role she played on “Desperate Housewives” comes to mind for many, but not only is Longoria is a business owner — but she’s a small business owner advocate as well. Longoria was recently on Capital Hill to speak at the Senate’s Small Business and Entrepeneurship Committee to discuss expanding business opportunities for minority women, with the goal of helping and encouraging more Latina business owners with incentives to help them grow.… more

NuevoWorld is a social network just for Latinos

Sara Inés Calderón | March 25, 2013 | 12:25 am
Sofia Vergara isn’t necessarily a name commonly associated with technology, but last week she, along with her business partner Luis Balaguer launched NuevoWorld: a social platform in Spanish aimed at helping Latino celebrities monetize their online presence. According to Forbes:
The NuevoWorld social network launched this week and has positioned itself as the platform that will “redefine the celebrity, fan and brand relationship worldwide” by connecting Spanish-speaking celebrities with over 50 million fans on social media.
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Silicon Valley is thriving, not for Latinos and blacks

Sara Inés Calderón | February 14, 2013 | 9:44 am
A recent article highlighted the fact that Latinos and African Americans are not benefitting as much from the Silicon Valley’s growing and high standard of living as whites and Asians. The article, “Blacks and Latinos Aren’t Thriving in Silicon Valley’s Meritocracy,” breaks down the results of a recent report — Index of the Silicon Valley — which finds that Latinos and blacks lag behind benefits that whites and Asians are seeing in the region.more

Race and the tech industry’s immigration reform motives

Elaine Rita Mendus | January 17, 2013 | 10:44 pm
Comprehensive immigration reform was one of the goals of the Obama administration during the campaign, but the tech world is also strongly interested in seeing immigration revamped. However, it seems that the desire for immigration reform on the tech side of the aisle are often motivated by race and class distinctions. Immigration has been a racial issue since day one — many in both parties felt it was a “Latino issue.” It commonly is portrayed as one in the media.  However, it is not just Latinos who are involved with immigration and run the risk of deportation.… more

Google helping Latino businesses sell online

Sara Inés Calderón | December 12, 2012 | 1:44 am
Google is working to expand the number of Latino-owned businesses using their products to sell their products and services online, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. The company held a seminar sharing how Latino business owners could manage their websites and businesses using Google products in Los Angeles and Miami recently, according to the report. Part of the reason is that Google’s data shows that about “60% of Latino-owned businesses in California don’t have websites.” To read the whole article click here.… more

What’s the role of immigrant entrepreneurs?

Elaine Rita Mendus | November 26, 2012 | 10:19 pm
The Kauffman Foundation has released a new publication focusing on immigrant entrepreneurs in the United States. This study shows an interesting array of figures, which suggest that immigrant entrepreneurship has plateaued – something which may become a problem for the U.S. Firstly, data regarding origin of birth has not changed much from the 2000 and 2010 census data.  There has been a noticeable decline in all populations sending immigrants between 2000 and 2010, however, the order has not shifted much.… more

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