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Silicon Valley 2X founder / 10 yrs building AI / $10M VC raised

founder/CEO OF ILUMA


Predictive AI for CEOs & Leaders - Foresee & prevent customer churn, talent turn-over and failed partnerships. 

$16B in founder exits 
40 American LatinX founders running billion-dollar tech companies by 2040



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Ricardo is a seasoned Silicon Valley tech founder (10 years & $10M venture backed). Currently, he is the founder & CEO of ILUMA, predictive AI for CEOs & Leaders
to foresee & prevent customer churn, talent turn-over and failed partnerships. 

Ricardo is the founder of two of the most influential private communities in Silicon Valley; the YC Alumni (2,000 top tech founders that went through the YC program) and the Top American Latinx Tech Leaders in the US ($16 Billion in founder exits, $120 Billion to invest). He is a founding equity partner of Acrew Capital and active angel investor through his family fund, Nilo Ventures. Ricardo is an Aspen Institute tech fellow and an NYU stern innovation fellow. He was recently recognized as a Silicon Valley Top Diverse Tech Leader.

Ricardo is a founding governance member of one of the leading and most influential tech DAO funds; the Orange Fund/DAO ($80M & 1,500 YCombinator alumni).


Previously Ricardo was the founder of VOIQ ($7M raised) backed by YCombinator.

and other top Silicon Valley investors, building Conversational AI software. 

Prior to his two tech startups, Ricardo was an associate at the NYC Mayor’s office under Michael Bloomberg developing the technology roadmap for New York City. He also was campaign CTO to Mayor Angel Taveras; the first Latino mayor of the city of providence, RI.

Ricardo has an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, and an undergraduate degree in politics from NYU. He is a advisor fellow of the World Policy Institute. Ricardo is also a consortium fellow, a Management Leaders for Tomorrow (MLT) fellow, and a Council of Urban Professionals fellow. He is also the former president of the Scarsdale Alumni Association and was recently a guest at the White House reception for latino leaders. Ricardo is also an Aspen Institute Latino Tech Leader.

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featured events

ILUMA - Techstars Demo Day

Ricardo presented ILUMA AI at Techstars Demo Day
2023 in front of over 300+ tech leaders.

YC Alumni Off-The-Record Series

Ricardo is the founder of the YC Alumni community ($600B in valuations & 4,000 alumni). He hosts the Off-The-Record Series where he invites the most successful founders and influential VCs as special guests. 

Top American Latinx Tech Leaders

Ricardo is the founder of the American Latinx Tech Leaders group ($16B in founder exits, $120B AUM by VCs). They get together for an off-the-record conversation with the most influential VCs. 

EthDenver - How to Leverage AI to Combat Information Asymmetry

Ricardo spoke at ETHDenver on a panel next to Jessica, ILUMA’s co-founder and COO. The panel touched upon how communities can leverage AI to gain the edge of information asymmetry and the unique value that Orange DAO brings to portfolio companies.

YCombinator Alumni
Top American Latinx Tech Leaders

Global Keynotes & Speaking Engagements

Fostering a DEI Community as a Latin Leader - Power To Fly

Fostering a DEI Community as a Latin Leader - Power To Fly

Audience: 5,000 live

In this powerful discussion, Ricardo talks about how he, as Latin leader, is advocating for his community.

AI Voice Insights with Ricardo Garcia-Amaya

AI Voice Insights with Ricardo Garcia-Amaya

Audience: 2,000+ Chatbots Life community members

Ricardo shares his vision of AI Voice, how it will affect the way we run our businesses, and the top 5 Voice innovations that will have the biggest impact on the way businesses function.

Panel: The Startup Match-up

Panel: The Startup Match-up

Audience: 10,000+ world-class CEOs, economists, entrepreneurs and industry leaders

Ricardo cohosts the Startup Match-up at L’ATTITUDE with Ebetuel "Beto" Pallares, who led the effort of matching latino founders with over $2.5M of capital deployed on stage and invested, alongside a great panel of Latino VCs.



Raising $50 Million to Invest in Web3 Founders

September 29, 2022

Ricardo spoke on Bounty Hunter podcast by BanklessDAO about Orange DAO‘s 50-year vision, web3 investments, web3 imposter syndrome & how his company ILUMA uses AI to filter out the chatter in your communities and provide you with only the most important information/insights.

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DeFi en Español - Invirtiendo en WEB3 a través de Orange DAO

July 21, 2022

Ricardo introduces the Orange DAO (1,200+ Y Combinator alumni building the future of web3) to the Latam community on DeFi en español podcast with fellow Orange member Orlando Espinoza. The podcast focuses on providing a deeper insight into DeFi and web3 by the top leaders in the ecosystem.

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This Week in DAOs with Ricardo Garcia-Amaya

April 1, 2022

Ricardo was invited to speak on This Week in DAOs (web3 podcast), to talk about his learnings as founding governance member at the YC Orange DAO.

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