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Juan Vasquez
Juan Sebastian Vasquez is an Organizer at NationBuilder, pretend chef, amateur cyclist, and full-time rule breaker. He spends his day working at the intersection of community organizing+technology, and exploring Los Angeles. Past lives include advertising exec, unfulfilled political henchman, and odd-job juggler. Find him at @JuanSVas.

Entries by Juan Vasquez

Community Organizing and Technology Across Latin America

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 3:40 PM

Over the last few weeks, I've had the opportunity to connect with the bright men and women who are helping establish the tech community in Latin America. We're talking about go-getters -- those involved with local startups, co-working spaces, accelerators and social enterprise models in technology hubs across Colombia (my...

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South Beach Bringing Together For-Profit Resources and Social Enterprise Vision

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 9:53 AM

Business and technology move fast, no surprise there. Accelerators, hack-a-thons, incubators, lean enterprise, MVPs, blah blah blah are nothing new. With cities like Hong Kong, Telaviv and Washington D.C. making moves to catch up with Silicon Valley and New York, innovation is brewing in all parts of the...

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Organization Uses Coding as a Leadership Development Tool and Looking to Grow Impact

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 5:05 PM

One of the main philosophies at URBAN Teens eXploring Technology, the three-year old organization based in South Los Angeles, is that "nothing is hard, just a lot of work." The teens and staff live this mentality, making URBAN TxT's new crowdfunding campaign on Razoo that much more exciting as the organization...

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Understanding How the World Lives One Answer at a Time

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 5:39 AM

Before I ask a new or old friend the question "How do you live?" I set them up much like a point guard sets up his or her clutch three-point sharpshooter. "I am about to ask you a simple question, and I'd like you to note down your answer on...

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Paper Prototyping Turns Ideas Into Actions, and Does It Quickly

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 2:22 AM

Given two options - "do it" or "talk about it" - which do you choose? I usually go for the first, so when I had the chance to lead a breakout session during a conference with a group of motivated and curious college students and young professionals, I didn't question...

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Forget Rap and the NFL, this Watts Teen has iPhone Apps in Mind

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 6:35 PM

Jonathan is changing the culture and mindset in his community. The 15 year-old is a sophomore at Locke High School in South Los Angeles, and he is breaking all the stereotypes of what a kid in Watts would be doing in the 10th grade. He spends his free time finding...

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