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John is a retired Partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he spent 12 years and was CEO of the Latin American region. He has 30 years of experience in capital markets and banking, primarily in Latin America, and is currently an advisor to and director of a New York-based fund focused on that region. John is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Endeavor, the leading non-profit focused on entrepreneurship in the emerging markets, the Board of the Cuba Study Group and the Council of the Americas. Cuban-born, John holds a B.A. in Economics from Princeton. He resides in the New York City area.
Jon is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, whose investment interests and experience include enterprise software, consumer-focused products and online services, and energy technology. Jon currently represents the firm on the boards of Digital Lumens, Open English, and Virtual Computer, Inc. He also previously sat on the boards of Eka Systems (acquired by Cooper Power Systems), GamerDNA (acquired by Crispy Gamer), and ZING Systems (acquired by Dell). Prior to joining Flybridge, Jon served as Director of Product Marketing at OATSystems, an RFID software company. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Juan serves as Executive Director of Grupo Comercial de Comunicaciones (GCC), Central America’s leading network of ad agencies and specialized marketing units. He has over 10 years of experience analyzing and investing in companies across a wide variety of sectors in Latin America. His most recent venture was leading the Series A investment in FoxyP2, Inc. (Open English), and starting the company’s marketing and distribution platform for Spanish speaking Latin America. Juan currently serves on the board of the Department of Economic and Social Studies (DEES) of Fusades, El Salvador’s leading think tank, and of two non-profit organizations: Funpres and Glasswing International. He holds a B.A. in Economics from The University of Chicago and has an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
Nicolás is the co-founder and managing partner of Kaszek Ventures, a venture capital firm that focuses on the technology industry inLatin America. Before launching Kaszek Ventures, Nicolás was an advisor for Tiger Global Management and CFO at MercadoLibre (Nasdaq: MELI), which is LatinAmerica’s largest online commerce and payments platform. Nicolás currently sitson the board of several internet companies, such as Netshoes, Netmovies, OQVestir,Axeso5, Restorando, PedidosYa, Eventioz Zupcat, and SaferTaxi. He is also aboard member for Endeavor Argentina, where he received the “Endeavor Emerging markets Mentor of the Year” award in 2011. Nicolás earned his Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Buenos Aires, and a MBA from Stanford University.
Andres Moreno is the Founder, Executive Chairman, and CEO of Open English, the leader in internet-based English language instruction.
Growing up in eight countries spanning three continents, Moreno managed to learn four languages on his own. He began his entrepreneurial career in his native Venezuela, co-founding Optimal English, a company that provided English-language training to Latin American executives at Fortune 500 companies, such as Procter and Gamble, Sun Microsystems, and Cargill. In 2005, Moreno left the traditional English language training company and teamed up with his classmate and friend Wilmer Sarmiento in Caracas to design a different type of online English course.
They rejected the traditional brick and mortar model and decided to create a system that would allow students to learn English online, with native English-speaking teachers from their home or workplace 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Currently, Open English has enrolled more than 400,000 students and has raised over USD $120 million in venture capital to drive the company’s expansion throughout the globe. Andres has also become the face of his own brand for appearing in the company’s television commercials, which have aired extensively since 2009 in over 20 markets.
Besides his role as engaged CEO and occasional TV ad actor, Moreno is a multifaceted entrepreneur involved in a myriad of projects of global impact. In 2013 he was appointed member of the Board of Directors of Endeavor Miami, a leading global promoter of entrepreneurship in emerging markets present in more than 16 countries, including 6 in Latin America. He is also a member of YPO Americas Gateway chapter, the world’s leading network of Chief Executives. Moreno also travels frequently to Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries to hold conferences on success and entrepreneurship.
In 2014, Andres Moreno founded his latest incursion, Next University, an online higher education institute that is bringing job-ready skills to the emerging middle class in Latam.
The explosive growth of Open English and Andres’ thriving entrepreneurial role have resonated with the international press, being thoroughly featured in The Wall Street Journal, CNN, El Mercurio, Globo, El Tiempo, 0 Estado de Sao Paulo, The Miami Herald and other top media across the Americas.
Jeff Lieberman is a managing director at Insight Venture Partners, a prominent international equity and venture capital firm located in New York City. Over the last 14 years, he has worked closely with consumer internet and application software companies, some of which include the Daily Deal (acquired by Google),GetPaid (acquired by SunGard Systems), Hautelook (acquired by Nordstrom),Paisley (acquired by Thomson Reuters), and TicketMonster (acquired by Living Social). Jeff currently sits on the board or oversees investments in Shutterstock, Karmaloop,Threadless, Hotel Urbano, Cvent, Ecova, Dealfind, Trivago, Elo7 and HealthcareSource. He received dual degrees in systems engineering and finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Engineering and Wharton School of Business, where he graduated with honors.