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Ricardo Garcia-Amaya
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Ricardo is the founder & CEO of VOIQ - an on-demand call app, disrupting the call center space. This YCombinator-backed company allows businesses to qualify thousands of sales calls in minutes at half the cost of call centers by leveraging thousands of professional VOIQ on-demand call agents who work from the VOIQ app on their smartphone. VOIQ is the API of sales qualification calls online and will soon become the largest workforce of call agents worldwide.

Ricardo is a 2015 YCombinator fellow and was recently recognized as a 2015 Silicon Valley Top Diverse Tech 40 Under 40. He also founded the group of the Top 20 Latino Tech Leaders in the US. Ricardo is a member of the Board of Advisors to the World Policy Institute. He holds an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Politics from the same institution.

Prior to VOIQ, Ricardo served as an Associate to the NYC Mayor’s Office developing the 2015 technology blueprint for New York City. He also led the technology efforts for the mayoral campaign of mayor Angel Taveras; the first Latino mayor of the City of Providence, RI..

in 2012, Ricardo was selected as one of the top 25 young bright Latino leaders in NYC by Latino Leaders magazine. He is the president of the Scarsdale Alumni Association and was recently a guest at the White House reception for Latino leaders and a member of the delegation of the Department of State & the Aspen Institute set to meet & explore the investment and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Latin America.

Entries by Ricardo Garcia-Amaya

The True Cost of those Cold Calls (and how to get around it)

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 12:54 PM

Picture the iconic sales rooms in movies like Wolf of Wall Street, Boiler Room, and Glengarry Glen Gary Ross: young professionals are pounding phones trying to make a sale. It was a simpler time by definition; the more you dialed, the more money you made... Then came the internet.

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How a Silicon Valley/YCombinator Company Inexpensively Sources Thousands of Sales Leads

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 1:12 AM

At the very early stages of growth, startups should be emailing and/or calling thousands of prospects per week. As a startup identifies leads, they can feed them into automated drip email campaign software like PersistIQ (YC S14), Sidekick or Outreach; or, they can leverage on-demand call agents to make these...

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NYC Government -- A Century-old Hierarchical Culture in a Millennial World

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 12:14 PM

In an article published in The New York Times on November 9 titled "Embracing the Millennials' Mind-Set at Work," Tom Agan offers a refreshing point of view that brings to light the necessary changes in culture that large corporations are undergoing and must continue to embrace.

"With its...

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Saving Your Startup From Your Cofounder

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 5:54 PM

Six months ago I found myself in an elevator on my way to the 35th floor to request advice from Rich, a top litigation attorney and a partner at of one of the most prestigious law firms in the country. With each monotonous beep indicating I was creeping closer to...

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It's Time for a National Minority Angel Investor Group

(8) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 10:56 AM

Technology startups are the frontier of industry creation and industry disruption in the US. Unfortunately, minorities comprise less than 2 percent of founders of technology start-ups in the U.S. and less than 1 percent go on to receive VC funds. Over the past two years we have witnessed...

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Memorandum for the President: The White House CIO Fellowship Program

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 11:46 AM

On January 14, 2011, I submitted my application to the White House Fellows Program. The application asks the applicant to write a memorandum for the president making a specific policy proposal. I proposed the creation of the White House CIO (WHCIO) fellowship program. The program offers 5-10 talented technology leaders...

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Political Fundraising: Out from the Shadows into the Social

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2011 | 11:05 AM

Two years ago, the conversation at social gatherings frequented by 40- and 50- somethings included the question "why on earth would you share your life on Facebook?!" Yet only a year later, this same demographic was sharing its latest family vacation pictures on Mr. Zuckerberg's network. Not too long after,...

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