• My story

    I am a technologist and an entrepreneur, but above all I am passionate about building technology that makes sense beyond the obvious. The focus of my career has been on ideating products and companies that push boundaries using exponential technologies, often challenging the norms of both traditional industries and the "Silicon Valley way". This has often translated into building start-ups in the fields of cybersecurity, smartphone mobility, media and journalism; also advising European policy makers and advocating for privacy, inclusiveness and youth empowerment through community organizations like Global Shapers and Thousand Network.

     

    Over the past 8 years I've treasured experience in product ideation and strategy (8 smartphones designed and produced), go-to-market and business development (with launches in flagship mobile carriers across 3 continents), manufacturing and supply chain (partnerships with major ODMs and semiconductor companies) and general start-up lifecycle (growth, M&A and up to Series B fundraising).

     

    I'm always open to new projects or exchanging insights, so please feel free to reach out :-)

  • EXPERIENCE

    Blackphone (Acquired by Silent Circle)

    Chief Scientist, Co-founder Jan 2014 – Present

    Blackphone is the world's first smartphone to put privacy and control back in the hands of the user. It is headquartered in Geneva as a Joint Venture between Silent Circle, a leading encrypted communications provider, and Geeksphone, an innovative smartphone maker.
    Achieved extraordinary international recognition, with awards such as:
    - Fast Company's World Top 10 Innovative Companies of 2015
    - TIME Magazine's Best 25 Inventions of 2014
    - Popular Science's Best of What's New 2014
    - Best of MWC 2014 Award by PC Magazine
    - Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014 by MIT Technology Review
    - Red Herring Top 100 Europe

    Neupic

    Board Member, Co-founder Mar 2013 – Present

    Co-founder and member of the board.
    Settling down the technological base of the company and CTO organization, as well as key personnel resources. General company strategy & business plan development.

    BinaryKnowledge

    Digital Strategy Consultant Sep 2012 – Present

    Collaborating as a project-based consultant, in the fields of digital strategy planning, technology solutions assessment andorganizational change based on the implementation of new technologies.

    Geeksphone

    Co-founder, former CEO Dec 2008 – Present

    Geeksphone is one of the very first hardware start-ups in Spain. In our 7-year history, we have pioneered mobile industry in 2009 by becoming the first European brand to launch an Android-based smartphone, and in 2013 by launching the first Firefox-OS based devices worldwide, aimed towards developers, in collaboration with Mozilla Foundation, Telefonica, VIVO and Telenor.

     

    More recently, Geeksphone was a founding partner of the award-winning secure hardware company Blackphone, acquired in 2015 by Silent Circle.

    European Commission

    Adviser to Vice President, Neelie Kroes Mar 2012 – Feb 2013

    Selected as one of a group of young entrepreneurs from around Europe to regularly advise and inform the Commissioner and her staff on issues pertaining to the implementation of and engagement around the Digital Agenda for Europe.
    Invited to Digital Agenda Assembly 2012 at European Parliament
    Shared speech with Ms. Kroes at Mobile World Congress 2013 (Ministerial Programme)

    Opinno

    Columnist, Innovator Spotlight Dec 2011 – Nov 2012

    Guest Columnist in the section named "Innovator Spotlight", at Opinno -Open Innovation- Blog.

    TabSolutions

    CTO, Co-founder Dec 2011 – Sep 2012

    TabSolutions offers tailor-made hardware and software solutions based on Mobile Internet Devices (Tablets), for industry, e-health, fashion and educational organisations/enterprises.

    Unified Mobile Communications, LLC

    International Coordinator Jun 2008 – Dec 2008

    > Formerly Unified Telecommunications LLC.
    Unified Mobile Communications is a mash-up company which offered integrated mobile communication services from various internet providers, with an upfront layer of customer support and value-added services. Premium associate with ItsYourNet Ltd., HyperOffice, ZPhone, among others.

    Wix.com

    Translator & Community Starter Aug 2008 – Oct 2008

    In charge of initial community reach in Spanish-speaking countries. Translator of website, community, and API.

    Darkgate Softworks

    Founder Feb 2008 – Jun 2008

    Darkgate Softworks was an amateur 3D videogame design studio I set up with some friends. The original idea was to launch one of the very first online arena games with DirectX10 technology.
    The team was able to launch a first prototype ("Project Mayday") but the project was shut down because of the lack of full-time dedicated designers.

    Topkami

    Founder Oct 2007 – Apr 2008

    Topkami was the very first startup I founded. It was basically an online t-shirt store with self designed products with an indie style. Also offering custom t-shirts for events, amateur sport teams, groups, etc.

  • MANTRA

    Don't count the days, make the days count

  • EDUCATION

    Santa Clara University

    (GE3) Electrical & Computer Engineering 2013 – 2014

    Senior year as exchange student. GPA 3.8

    Best Design Project Award for my graduation project "Mobile Satellite Communications Station", co-developed with NASA and SCU's RSL.

    Universidad Pontificia Comillas, ICAI

    Bachelor of Science (BSc) Telematics/Telecommunications Engineering 2010 – 2014

    Extraordinary Award, Valedictorian

    Academic Excellence Scholarship 2011

    Diploma in Modern Languages & Communication Skills

    Activities: START_ Entrepreneurs Association (President)

    Bankinter Foundation for Innovation

    Akademia 360º Innovation Program 2011 – 2012

    Describe your studies, involvements, and accomplishments at this school.

  • Chat with me

    I try to read everything... if I don't respond, mail twice!

  • Where to find me

    San Francisco Bay Area