Team

Managing Directors

Ariel Arrieta
Founding Partner

Ariel is a serial entrepreneur. Since 1994, he is involved in the Internet/Online Media Industry. He founded Digital Ventures, Directa Network, Performa Network, Afiliados Hispanos and InZearch all online advertising companies acquired by FOX in July 2007. He is a frequent speaker at AdTech, IAA, IAB, Online Marketing Europe, OMD, Marketing 2.0 and AMDIA among others. Ariel has completed OPM at Harvard Business School.

Pablo Salazar
Managing Partner

Pablo was a Co-founder at Naranya Ventures, and Principal at IGNIA Partners, the world’s biggest impact investment fund. Before, he held different positions in companies like McKinsey and Company, British American Tobacco, and Cemex. Pablo has been an entrepreneur at Latinstocks Mexico, Fresh House Deli, and Prepworks. He is a board member at Fagro, Ver de Verdad, Provive, and Doc Solutions; and an active member of Endeavor. He holds an MBA from London Business School, and a BA and masters degree from Tecnológico de Monterrey. Pablo has studied innovation and entrepreneurship at MIT and Harvard Business School. He is a fellow at the Society of Kauffman Fellows program of the Center for Venture Education. Was selected Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015.

Gonzalo Costa
Founding Partner

Gonzalo has experience in private equity and venture capital. He has been providing consulting services related to management and strategy focusing on venture creation and financing in Emerging Markets. He has participated as angel investor in several projects. Gonzalo has an MBA from Duke University, and is an Industrial Engineer from Universidad Católica Argentina.

Magnus Arantes
Managing Partner, Brasil

Magnus is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who has developed a few companies from foundation to exit. He is currently Venture Partner and responsible for operations at NXTP Labs in Brazil. Magnus is Founder and Managing Partner of LM-Invest, a holding company dedicated to creating and providing initial resources to startups. Additionally, he manages investments in a few start-ups where LM has stakes, as well as a few other angel investments, where he serves as advisor or board member.

Marta Cruz
Founding Partner

Marta has worked for more than 8 years at MRM Worldwide, the McCann Worldgroup digital agency, as Latam Regional Director, managing accounts likes of HP, Intel, Coca-Cola, GM, Hilton Hotel, Nortel and MasterCard. Marta has a BA degree from Buenos Aires University- and a postgraduate specialization in management from IAE, Austral University. She is also professor at San Andres University (BA) and ADEN Business School.

Francisco Coronel
Founding Partner

Francisco expertise focuses on corporate finance, managerial reporting, budget control, economic analysis, tax planning, and legal ramifications. Francisco was recognized as Global Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2007. He is an Advisory Board member in several leading companies. He has an Economics major from Buenos Aires University and a Corporate Finance Master Program from the University of California at Berkeley.

Ventures Partners

James Haft
Venture Partner, USA

Entrepreneur and Merchant Banker with broad experience in all aspects of forming, managing, advising, fund raising, and biz dev for entrepreneur-powered businesses, including, business strategy and M&A. Significant and relevant experience with Internet apps and platforms, integrated media, on-line advertising, on-line metrics, mobile apps, telecom, energy, emerging markets, financial consulting, real estate and venture capital. Co-Founder of PALcapital, PALgenesis Fund, NXTPLabs, Condo.com, Houses.com, and GoChime.com.

Pablo Garfinkel
Managing Partner, Uruguay

Pablo is a serial entrepreneur and an active entrepreneurial investor who has been involved in VC since 1994 as a GP. Based in Uruguay, he invests mainly throughout Latam. He has been an active participant in Aconcagua Ventures since 2007, Tokai Ventures since 2009, NXTPLabs since 2012, Harvard Angels Alumni of Brazil since 2014, Alianza del Pacífico since 2015 and other local AI Clubs. He has ample experience working in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, among other markets, where he also has investments in the Entertainment Industry. Pablo used to work in Import-Export trading with Far and Near East. He has been a judge at Harvard B School and Google Cloud Challenge Competitions as well as a speaker at various events such as ACA Summit in DC, BS at Technion, Israel; Harvard Business School Alumni, Pablo is also a Board Member at Endeavor, the Amcham, and Founder of Fundación Dar a Luz.

Team

Teresa Amaral
Legal & Compliance

Lawyer (UBA) and a Bilingual Teacher, specialized in English. She worked as Assistant to Legal Advisor and Grupo Roberts (Argentina) Board of Directors’ Secretary and continued as Assistant to Legal Affairs’ Director and Board of Directors’ Secretary, within HSBC Group Argentina. Then she devoloped as Assistant to CEO & Director of Prosperia – GREA Real Estate with Investments’ Projects both in Argentina & Uruguay. He is Responsible of Legal and Compliance at NXTP Labs.

Catalina Gutiérrez
Operations Manager, Colombia

Catalina Gutiérrez was part of the founding team of Ruta N, the Innovation and Business Center of Medellín, which promotes new knowledge-based businesses with a global vision and strengthens the science, technology and innovation ecosystem. During her work in Ruta N, she led strategies to support high impact entrepreneurship and made part of the team that planned and developed the first acceleration program for science-based startups in Colombia. Business Administrator, majoring in marketing and candidate for a Master in Management from EAFIT University.

Nora Palladino
Regional Marketing Manager

Nora graduated with a degree in Communication Science from the University of Buenos Aires and continued her education as an apprentice at the Gino Germani institute. She was selected for the National Mentor Program of Emerging Leaders of the NGO Vital Voices in 2011, and worked on the development of the Technology District of the City of Buenos Aires. Co-organizer Founder Friday and Startup Grind in Buenos Aires.

Pablo Ruiz
Entrepreneur in Residence

Pablo Ruiz is an experienced entrepreneur with more than 8 years of experience in product development. In 2010 he co-founded InfinixSoft and grew the business as it’s business developer, reaching more than 1 million dollars in annual revenue. In 2015 he exited the company to become an independent consultant for non-technical entrepreneurs. Pablo is a published author on games development and regular contributor to several entrepreneurial and technology sites.

David Alvo
Operations Manager, Chile

David is an Industrial Engineer specializating in Information Technology. He also has a Master's degree in Business Engineering from the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. David has founded LookUP (Lead Generation for mobile phones), Autored (SaaS for automotives), eBrands (eCommerce Agency), and Alaska Foods (Logistics & Distribution). He is defined as a Project Manager who emphasizes Equipment Management, Operations, Sales and Online Marketing. Currently manages NXTP Labs operations in Chile, investing in startups with spectacular teams in early-stage growth.

Aigul Safiullina
Content Strategist

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Cynthia Szwec
Administration & Finance Manager

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Alejandro Estivariz Barilati
Legal & Compliance

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Leila Klein
Network Coordinator

Francisco Garzon
Porftfolio Manager

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Ciro Echesortu
Program Coordinator

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