Entrepreneurship is at an all-time high in the Latino community. Sure everyone knows about the Jeff Bezos, Carlos Slims and Artie Morenos of the world, yet there are other entrepreneurs that, although not as popular as the aforementioned, are still making some major moves. Here are some inspirational LLERO’s that have worked hard to build up their organizations and are on the rise.

Marco Gomes, Founder & CMO

Marco Gomes is the founder of the Brazilian-based, social media advertising company boo-box.com. The site reaches 60 million people in Brazil monthly with ads from clients like Google, Unilever, Volkswagen, Fiat, Ford, Intel and Microsoft.

Still in his mid-20s, Gomes has cornered the market in Brazil’s competitive ad industry with his business. As Brazil’s first tech advertising and social media company, boo-box’s technology classifies and categorizes ads across 430,000 blogs and websites. In 2012, boo-box was named one of the most innovative companies of the year by both Fast Company and Forbes.

At the 2013 World Technology Summit & Awards — held this past November in New York City — the Brazilian entrepreneur was a finalist in the Marketing Communications category, going up against comScore CEO Magid Abraham and Baidu, Inc. CEO Robin Li, among others. He was one of only two Brazilians nominated for an award. Gomes, who had stated that his nomination already made him feel like a winner, ended up taking home the gold in his category.

Words to Live By:

“Improve your networking, meet the decision makers and prepare to have long meetings.”

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About The Author

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Born to Dominican parents in NYC and raised in Passaic, NJ, in nearly a decade as an entertainment writer, Emmanuel Ureña has written for numerous publications, including VIBE, Latina.com, BET.com, LLERO, Urban Ink, Inked, and many others. When he’s not typing away on his MacBook, Ureña is reading fictional novels and comic books while enjoying ice-cold Blue Moon beers. You might also find him at a local tattoo shop getting some fresh ink!

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