Roberto has over 20 years of experience working in high tech and business. He has held executive roles in General Management, Operations, Marketing, Product Development, eCommerce and Sales, and is a business advisor and board member at several technology companies. He has international management experience and strong technical knowledge.
He is the CEO of Fractal River, a management consulting firm that helps emerging growth companies (“growups”) and private capital clients improve their strategy, create scalable structures and improve their operational execution.
He is also the VP of Products at ChaiOne, where he leads all products and solutions for the company including GamePlan, a Sales Enablement solution, and ContextHub, a Platform-as-a-Service product that enables developers to quick and easily add contextual capabilities to their distributed mobile applications with only a few lines of code. It enables the creation of smarter, unique and engaging user experiences leveraging sensors from both their mobile phones and the Internet of Things.
He believes in innovation and value creation through startups, and works with several as mentor, investor or board member. He participates in the technology startup ecosystem in a variety of roles, including seed accelerators (Surge Accelerator), angel investor networks (Houston Angel Network), non-profit business incubators/accelerators (Houston Technology Center), universities (UoH RED Labs, Rice) and venture capital groups; as well as specific events such as South-by-Southwest (SXSW) and 3 Day Startup (3DS).
He created Softtek’s InnoVentures program, a corporate-sponsored idea competition and internal seed accelerator that gathers the best ideas from internal entrepreneurs to launch them as corporate initiatives and/or independent startups, backed by venture and institutional capital.
Roberto started his career developing software, and became the General Manager of one of the largest software and IT service providers in Mexico at age 23. He led a startup pioneering electronic fund transfers and telecom solutions in Mexico that grew to $50M US, and later joined Compaq Computer which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2002.
At Compaq/HP, he led several functions at the Mexico, Latin America, and Americas level, including managing Operations for HP’s $9B direct business in the region (US, Canada, LatAm). From there he led a $450M global business where he successfully executed the integration of Neoware, a company HP acquired, created a variety of innovative software and hardware products, and extended HP’s share leadership to 30% of the worldwide Thin Client market.
He has participated as keynote speaker and panelist at numerous industry events (Comdex, InternetWorld, ExpoManagement), written a monthly column on Unix & Open Systems for the Personal Computing magazine and been the radio host for a weekly program on IT News and Trends.
His academic background includes computer engineering and software development studies at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico as well as numerous leadership programs at a variety of US universities. He taught computer science at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and was a collaborating author of the “Computers & Programming” college textbook.
Roberto is continuously looking for ideas and exciting technology companies that are changing the world. He believes in technology and education and continues to have fun developing mobile apps and open-source websites as time permits.