Diego Gutiérrez Zaldívar

Diego is a veteran Technologist and Entrepreneur with a focus in Latin America and Argentina, having grown up there and along with various successful startups he built.

Diego’s track record includes being part of the founding teams of Clarín Digital (a top Argentina newspaper website), Patagon.com (a financial community eventually sold to Banco Santander), Internet Argentina (the first Argentinean ISP to provide ADSL), and Edunexo (a SaaS platform for educational institutions).

He also founded countless startups including: Xinergia (web development company), Cero a Cien (tutoring platform for entrepreneurs), Arraiga (IT training platform) and Restocoins (a payment system for bitcoin)

In 2011, Diego first encountered Bitcoin and feel in love with the technology and how it could benefit not only the world but Argentinean and Latin grassroots communities. This led to him co-founding Rootstock, the first open-source peer-to-peer smart-contract platform and payment network.

Diego is also a relentless community builder as one of the founders of the Argentinean Bitcoin Community with over 20,000 members in its online community. In addition, he organized the first bitcoin conference in Latin America (www.labitconf.com) which is rapidly becoming not only a top even in Latin America but worldwide.

His reach includes helping other grassroots communities in places such as: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Perú, Paraguay and Uruguay.

After listening to this episode you will learn:

  • How Diego and his team took Rootstock from an idea into a working testnet
  • How you can participate in what Rootstock is doing
  • How your reputation is your collateral with this system
  • How Diego’s solutions are being replicated across Latin America
  • Why community building is an often overlooked yet critically important activity for companies in the Blockchain space
  • The challenges the Blockchain ecosystem faces to see full adoption and build-outs needed to change society
  • How one of the most important takeaways is to follow your passions and let that be your guiding force

 

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Check out Diego’s TEDx talk in front of 10,000 people in Argentina (click “cc” for English subtitles):

 

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