On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Adrian Mendoza, Founder and General Partner at Mendoza Ventures.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, and founded in 2016, Mendoza Ventures is women-owned and the first LatinX-owned venture fund on the East Coast. They are an early-stage and growth fintech, AI, and cybersecurity venture fund that provides an actively managed approach to venture capital. They focus on diversity as playing an important role in their investment decisions, as roughly 75% of their portfolio consists of start-ups led by immigrants, people of color, and women.
After having two VC-funded startups in Boston, Adrian started Mendoza Ventures to address the funding gap in the pre-seed investment stage for underrepresented founders. Born in Los Angeles to parents who immigrated from Mexico, Adrian moved to Boston for graduate school at Harvard. He has spent the last 20 years leading technology teams and building products for financial services and fintechs. He is the author of “Mobile User Experience”, a book on mobile user experience published by Elsevier in 2013, adapted industry-wide as the standard for mobile user experience education, and of the video series “CSS for designers” published by O’Reilly in 2015.
Adrian earned his Bachelors from the University of Southern California and his Masters from Harvard University.
Adrian advises investors and startups in the fintech space, discusses the evolution of the industry, his criteria for investing, and more.
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