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Chris Mendez

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Los Angeles Area, US

Product owner, manager, and Internet nerd. Most of the projects I currently produce revolve around music discovery, journalism and travel.

Product owner, manager, and Internet nerd. Most of the projects I currently produce revolve around music discovery, journalism and travel.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Marketing
  • Product
  • UI/Design
  • Front End Engineering
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Part-time now, full-time if it takes off

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
  • • Front End Engineering

Involved In

Advisor

Classical KDFC
Startup Toolshop
The Tiziano Project
Impact Hub Los Angeles

Positions

Director of New Media USC Radio Group August 2010 - present
Pro-bono Startup Technology Advisor Impact Hub Los Angeles January 2012 - January 2016
Director of Technology The Tiziano Project May 2009 - December 2012
Senior Web Application Developer University of Southern California June 2007 - July 2010
Senior Web Developer Channel One News November 2004 - May 2007

Education

University of Southern California Communication Management 2009 - 2011

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Fundraising
Advisor With
  • • Venture capital
  • • Business model
  • • Business Development
  • • Electronic Payments
  • • Geolocation and Mapping
  • • Local Commerce
  • • Music Industry
  • • Travel
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Education
  • • Fashion
  • • Hardware
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • Travel
  • • Travel

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

JQuery • Node.js • Non-profit • Digital Strategy • Music Production

Key Accomplishments

I have 10 years experience creating brands and user experiences for desktop, mobile and other Internet connected devices. Some notable accomplishments include two Webby Awards and three honorable mentions, a SXSW award, Online News Association Award, Gracie Award and a Peabody. As a software engineer, I aim to help start-ups spend their technical budget effectively and as a brand manager, I help companies use brand strategy as a tool to help build quality design.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Offer advice on what not to do.

As an Advisor

The B2B industry today thrives on ignorance. Therefore, it's very likely that there are better, faster, cheaper ways to accomplish a goal but a certain development shop might prefer you pick a certain technology because they have a surplus of Python developers on staff. My strength stems from my ability to think deeply about how to use technology to accomplish an MVP or version 2.0 with the most effective return on investment but it requires trust and a willingness to re-think the problem from a different point of view.

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Chris exemplifies the perfect synergy between ingenuity, intellect, and compassion.