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Ricardo Garcia-Amaya


Founder & CEO






Ricardo is the founder & CEO of ILUMA (the AI dedicated to unlocking business opportunities for leaders and companies), founder of the YCombinator Alumni group ($600B valuations & 25 Unicorns), founding Governance Committee member of the YC Orange DAO (1,000+ YC founders building the future of Web3) & founder of the group of the Top American Latinx Tech Leaders ($16B exits by founders & $120B to invest). He is a founding equity partner of Acrew Capital and active angel investor through his family fund, Nilo Ventures.

ILUMA’s AI surfaces real business opportunities (partnerships, events, talent, funding, careers) from interactions, knowledge, and data scattered across internal & public data (Slack, Discord, social media conversations, meetings, documents, and more) and applying generative AI to provide actionable insights.

Previously Ricardo was the founder of VOIQ ($7M raised) backed by YCombinator and other top Silicon Valley investors, building Voice Conversational AI products.

Ricardo is recognized as a Silicon Valley Top Diverse Tech 40 Under 40. Ricardo is an Aspen Institute Tech Fellow and an NYU Stern Innovation fellow.

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