Speaking History

Moderator at Money20/20 2016

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Rodolfo Gonzalez

Partner
Foundation Capital
Speaking History

Moderator at Money20/20 2016

Session Information

What he does:  Loves working with financial services innovation and consumer technology

Gonzalez joined Foundation Capital in 2013, and is fascinated by financial disintermediation, marketplaces, and bringing transparency, flexibility and simplicity to the consumer experience. As a kid, he wanted to be a professional soccer player or a filmmaker; but found a passion for promoting economic growth through financial inclusion.

The best part of his work is: Working with ambitious, talented, and extremely driven entrepreneurs who are bent on changing the world for the better!

He was 17 when he co-founded his first startup, Mexplosion, to host the Mexican qualifiers for the World Cyber Games e-gaming competition in 2001. His second and more recent entrepreneurial venture was Youvest, a crowdfunding platform for social enterprises.

At McKinsey, Gonzalez worked with the top financial institutions in Latin America - banks, insurers, asset managers, and payments processors. He participated in growth, economic development and financial inclusion projects, and coauthored several papers on retail banking, payments, and SME banking in Latin America. In 2012, Gonzalez spent the summer with Open Capital Advisors in Nairobi, Kenya, advising renewable energy, agribusiness, and health care startups.

Best advice he ever got: “Work hard, and when things are going well, do everything you can to bend the universe your way!”

Profile: Gonzalez geeks out on movies, philosophy, history, concerts, cooking and coffee. He is an avid wanderer, and has lived in Mexico City, North Carolina, Orlando, Melbourne, Boston, Nairobi, and Bangkok. He is now based in San Francisco, on a permanent quest to find the best espresso in the city.

“When traveling alone I’m often saved by complete strangers with whom I can barely communicate. It’s remarkable how similar people’s needs and values are at the core, below seemingly huge cultural and linguistic differences. That’s how we all connect.” 

Training: MBA from MIT Sloan. Marketing from ITESM. International Relations from UNAM.