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Edrizio de la Cruz - Silicon Valley entrepreneur and 1st Latino Y-Combinator Visiting Partner

Edrizio de la Cruz - Silicon Valley entrepreneur and 1st Latino Y-Combinator Visiting Partner

Show Notes

In this episode of the Road to Growth podcast, we are pleased to introduce you to Edrizio de la Cruz. Edrizio is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the first Latino Y-Combinator Visiting Partner. He is most known for selling FinTech startup, Arcus to MasterCard, in its first Latin America acquisition. In 2013, Edrizio founded Arcus, a payments-as-a-service platform, secured $19M in funding from Y-Combinator, Ignia, SoftBank, and Citi Ventures, and grew the company to 100+ employees and 100+ clients, including Walmart, 7-Eleven, Santander, BBVA, and Rappi, before selling the business in 2021. Background wise, Edrizio is a Dominican immigrant who grew up in Harlem.

To make ends meet, he dropped out of college to work as an aircraft technician, but he later returned to get his degree, worked on Wall Street, and earned an MBA from The Wharton School. Edrizio is extremely passionate about supporting other founders of color to win in Silicon Valley and has established himself as one of the thought leaders on helping aspiring entrepreneurs fundraise and succeed. He has written a book titled Underdog Founder, which will be published in September. It is a practical, no-nonsense playbook for entrepreneurs that lays out seven key principles for rising above racism, poverty, imposter syndrome, and every imaginable and unimaginable startup obstacle.

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