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Sergio Marrero

Change Agent, Startups, Strategist, Business Designer
UI/UX Design • General Business
Cambridge, US
Skills
  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Market Research
  • Business Analysis
  • Business Strategy
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Design of Experiments
  • Design Thinking
  • Entrepreneur
  • Excel
  • Financial Analysis
  • Management Consulting
  • Market Analysis
  • PowerPoint
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Start-ups
  • Supply Chain
  • User Experience
  • User Interface Design
  • Venture Capital
Experience

PeopleHunt • Co-Founder

Mobile app connecting people so they help each other to make things

CEO @Caila • Co-Founder

A virtual talent development adviser

Leyeph • Co-Founder

KORK • Co-Founder

KORK - Sustainable Fashion Products

Co-Founder @Plexx Unconfirmed

Amazing things Sergio's made
I have coached over 50 entrepreneurs from cities in the U.S. such as Boston, NYC, and Chicago to cities around the world such as Santiago, Chile and Vicenza, Italy and founded two start-ups previous to this start-up. My previous startup Plexx, a mobile application focused on job training and connecting individuals to jobs was one of my greatest projects. Here are links to some of our work:

Prototypes: goo.gl/MqyJ2D
Video on Plexx: www.youtube.com/watch

Over the course of a year I brought together a team, facilitated over 150 user interviews, led our product development with a designer and developer, executed a pilot over 10 weeks, fundraised about $47K, and together we launched a product. After pushing the product for a few months and not getting traction, we discontinued the product, but we were proud of the lives we effected and product we created.

More on our Start-Up Chile accelerator program, our pilot, and development: bit.ly/sergioswork
Education

Northeastern University

Industrial Engineering

Harvard Business School

Masters of Business Administration Aug 2012 - May 2015

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Masters of Public Policy Aug 2011 - May 2015

Recommendations

Zak Schwarzman Senior Associate at Gotham Ventures recommended Caila where Sergio is Co-Founder

I was Sergio’s supervisor during his MBA internship with Gotham Ventures during the summer of 2015 and it quickly became apparent that he possesses many of the characteristics that Gotham prize in our investment and entrepreneurial talent.

My decision to hire Sergio out of a pool of top MBAs was influenced in large measure by the conviction he showed in taking a year off from HBS to pursue his prior EdTech startup.

Sergio’s project that has had the most lasting impact is the thesis on the importance of design and design-thinking in startups. He mapped the design ecosystem here in New York, identifying hidden pools of entrepreneurial talent that we now monitor.

Sergio’s design thinking approach to entrepreneurship have been evident in ALEX. Sergio is placing himself in his customer’s shoes and solving backwards. Sergio's mix of purpose and conviction are both characteristic of how he approaches challenges and hallmarks of the entrepreneurs we seek to invest in at Gotham.

William Sanchez Co-Founder at CoolChip Technologies recommended Caila where Sergio is Co-Founder

+1 for this team! Sergio is going to disrupt education. He’s been fiercely committed to doing so for many years. The founder passion and his mission scale are off the charts.

ALEX is Sergio's latest venture. Behind closed doors we’ve discussed far out, game-changing ideas. I bet he’d be willing to share some when you meet him.

Sergio can offer a lot to Techstars founders. Frankly, for society’s benefit, I think Sergio can gain tons as an entrepreneur by spending a few months enduring Semyon's brutally honest 1-on-1’s! Ditto re mentor madness.

All-star co-founder, Anabell, spent 5+ years at P&G before catching the startup bug. Dip @ Ecovent poached her a year ago. If you know Dip, then you know how picky & selective he is with talent! Unfortunately, Ecovent went through harsh layoffs recently :/ It wasn’t long before Sergio recruited Anabell.

Btw, they're brilliant! :-D

Highly recommend the team! They’d benefit immensely. They’d be an awesome asset for Techstars!