Investing in digital media startups for Robert Downey Jr.'s venture fund. Founded the fund, formed investment thesis, sourced and evaluated companies. Leveraged Team Downey's...more entertainment experience and industry network to help and grow portfolio businesses. Worked closely with portfolio company Maker Studios from early investment through multiple financing rounds to acquisition by Disney.
Juan built Epoxy product after researching YouTube stars at Team Downey and realizing video creators and networks need a multi-platform publishing and social media software...more suite. Juan raised seed and series A venture rounds, built the engineering, design, marketing and account teams, negotiated partnerships with MCNs, lead the initial software iterations and remained deeply involved in the product experience throughout the evolution of the company. Sold to Vemba in 2016.
Founded the digital division of Robert Downey Jr's production company, Team Downey. Led the development of digital projects and tech partnerships. Taught traditional film...more and TV teams to work on transmedia projects that included gaming, social media and online video. Introduced Design Thinking, iterative design and technical product management techniques into theatrical development to increase efficiency and creative output.
Vice President, Los Angeles Studio
2008 - 2010 (about 2 years)
Founding Los Angeles studio VP for the global design and innovation consulting firm Continuum. Projects including hardware, software, UX, UI, industrial design, engineering,...more environments, branding and product strategy in industries ranging from mobile, consumer electronics and automotive technology to medical devices, retail and financial services. Engaged in PR, marketing, thought-leadership, speaking, and hosting design thinking innovation workshops to build presence in the west coast market.
Led teams of business analysts, designers and brand strategists in developing products and brands for entertainment, influencer and technology clients. Partnered with WME...more on celebrity products and Electronic Arts, RideMakerz and Interscope Records on tech and brand extensions.
Led multidisciplinary teams of 5-10 designers, engineers, researchers and strategists to create products, and services for companies including Apple, BMW, Handspring, Prada,...more Sony, Toyota and Tivo. Specialization in design research, product strategy, UX, UI, hardware/software integrations, mobile, automotive and retail tech. Focused on early stage emerging technologies requiring market research, product definition and iteration to find product/market fit. Led IDEO U workshops in Design Thinking.
At my core I'm a designer and product experience advocate. I've spent my career studying and developing methodology to solve difficult problems and produce compelling products. I have diverse experience to share including design, engineering, brand, business, automotive and entertainment.
1. Founded, built and exited the leading multi-platform publishing and social media software for digital video creators, influencers and multi channel networks (MCNs). Our web and mobile apps help creators edit and make video assets, publish content, respond to audience and understand insights across platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and more. With 80k+ top video stars and 87 MCN partnerships, Epoxy creators drive 15B+ video views per month. Epoxy partners at the time of sale include Maker Studios, Fullscreen, Awesomeness, BroadbandTV, Studio71, Machinima, StyleHaul, ScaleLab, Curse and Mitu. Founded in 2012 Epoxy was backed by UpFront Ventures, Time Warner Ventures, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Greycroft Partners, Advancit Capital and Robert Downey's Downey Ventures. http://epoxy.tv/
2. Achieved +7x returns for Robert Downey's venture fund Downey Ventures. Invested in leading digital media startups including Maker Studios (exit to Disney).
Interesting startups and entrepreneurs that I can help. Focused in digital media, online video, entertainment, consumer, fashion, lifestyle media, automotive tech and integrated hardware/software products.