Roberto began his career as a software developer, cofounded a startup pioneering electronic fund transfers in Mexico that grew to $50M in revenue, and later joined Compaq (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), where he spent 15 years in multiple roles. He created HP’s eCommerce business in Latin America, managed Operations for HP’s $8B direct business in the Americas region as the Vice President, Americas Volume Direct Operations; scaled HP’s Desktop Solutions Global Business Unit into a $450M USD global business as its Vice President and General Manager and successfully executed the $240M acquisition and integration of Neoware, Inc.
Roberto is very active in the startup community where he is working with community leaders, mentors, accelerators, angel investor networks & universities to grow the Houston entrepreneurial ecosystem. He has been a speaker and coach for the past few years at SXSW, lectures at the Entrepreneurship MBA at Rice, led Ventures & Innovation for Good Works Houston, a startup accelerator focused on social entrepreneurship, and is the creator of Venture Launchpad, a program to mentor and teach early stage startups. He is an active angel investor, and is currently supporting the buildout of Station Houston’s infrastructure and offerings through an Executive-in-Residence engagement at Fractal River.
Roberto lives in Houston with his wife and continues to develop mobile and web-based applications, and create VR games as time permits.
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"Roberto is an exceptional leader who is a great communicator and motivator. He develops strategies that drive growth and customer satisfaction and is one of the few strategists who can drive implementation. Roberto is one of the most exceptional leaders I have ever had the priviledge of working with."Christina Hanger
"Roberto drives business results and improvements with intensity, passion and lots of personal energy. He builds carefully thought strategies, communicates extensively. He has a deep knowledge of his field, is a strong leader, and enthusiast about what he does. This blends into a superior performance and he exudes an always positive, supportive personal charisma, reinforced by a keen ability to collaborate with others. He is analytical, measurement-driven and rigorous in driving for results. "Bernard de Valence