Pedro David Espinoza is a TED Speaker, entrepreneur, tech investor, and author. In 2014, Pedro became the founder & CEO of SmileyGo, an app that helps companies invest smarter. Incubated at SkyDeck, his startup gained funding from 1517 Fund, Frank Baxter, Jack Larson, and Haas Seed Fund. In 2017, Janet Napolitano awarded Pedro The University of California Entrepreneur Winner. In 2018, Pedro founded Pan Peru USA, a venture that empowers women to become entrepreneurs. With the support from KPMG, Bristol Myers Squibb, MSCI, Western Union, and First Republic Bank, Pan Peru has scaled from empowering 1 to 60 women. In 2019, Pedro wrote a book with Jorge Titinger with contributions from Eric Schmidt, Reed Hastings, and Dan Schulman. Pedro's book Differences That Make A Difference attracted 150 executives as writing contributors such as Pat Gelsinger who wrote the foreword. His book received The Latino International Book Award #1 Business Book. Educated at Berkeley and Stanford, Pedro began his career as a mechanic. In 2010, Pedro launched his singles on Apple & Spotify. Pedro is a venture investor in tech companies such as KiwiBot, MoCaFi, NadineWest, and Feed. FM. In 2021, The Silicon Valley Business Journal recognized him as a Latinx Business Leadership Honoree. In 2016, Pedro became an inclusion speaker, management consultant, and corporate lecturer. Oracle, Visa, and Cisco are some of the companies Pedro has helped them create a culture of belonging. Pedro has given workshops for ERGs and leadership teams to help them attract and retain diverse talent. Pedro became a Special Advisor to Blue Shield’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Cruz. In 2021, Pedro became a lecturer at Tecnologico de Monterrey. Pedro is working on his second book, The Real ROI: Return on Inclusion. Michael Dell, John Hennessy, and James C. Morgan, are some of the leaders he’s interviewed. Pedro has been profiled in Nasdaq, Univision, Telemundo, Hispanic Shark Tank, Times of Israel, KRON-TV, Fox and Forbes. In 2017, The Voice of America named Pedro "The Robinhood of Technology”. Pedro serves on the boards of Hertz Peru, Autoespar, GESA, and the Silicon Valley Tech Academy. In 2021, Pedro joined SVLG as the Vice President of Business Development to lead the 100 Startups Initiative and Launch Circuit to support diverse founders through funding, resources, and corporate partnerships. In 2022, Pedro became a Global Shaper in the Palo Alto Hub by the World Economic Forum. Pedro has received recognition for his success, he has received the 2022 HITEC 100 Award – which features the 100 most influential global Hispanic executives in technology.
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Pedro David
Sillicon Valley Leadership Group
Vice President of Business Development

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