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Brainfood Speaker Series Featuring Gaston Taratuta

Gaston Taratuta (Speaker)

CEO and Founder of IMS Inc. Internet Media Services a Sony Pictures Television Network company.

450 Employees / USD150M

Gaston Taratuta is a seventeen-year veteran of digital marketing in Latin America. As the founder of IMS, Internet Media Services, Inc. (IMS), he brings his expertise in media, marketing and digital platforms to create solutions for global clients seeking to grow their businesses throughout Latin America. Today’s focus is to help fast moving companies to develop their business in Latin America.

Gaston founded IMS in 2005, over the last 12 years, jointly with his team, created the largest independent digital marketing company in the region, helping Netflix, Twitter, Spotify, Waze, Linked-in, Foursquare, Twitch, EA, VEVO, Snapchat and Yahoo to develop their business in the region. Currently, IMS has 450 employees across 12 different countries, serves 1800 advertisers and 570 advertising agencies across 17 different countries.

In July 2015 Sony Pictures Television acquired 51% of IMS,making this transaction the largest transaction in digital media services in the region.

Prior to IMS, Gaston spent six years at Universo Online, Brazil’s largest ISP and digital publisher. He began as an e-commerce development manager out of Miami, was promoted to head of sales and finished his career with UOL in 2004 as the company’s President of International Operations in Miami. Gaston holds a BA in Marketing from Fundacion Altos Estudios in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and a Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Florida International University, and MBA from Florida International University, fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Laura I. Maydón (Moderator)

Laura is the Managing Director of Endeavor Miami, whose mission is to select, mentor and accelerate the growth of high-impact entrepreneurs in South Florida. Endeavor Miami currently supports 14 companies. Prior to joining Endeavor, Laura was at Visa where she held several roles, including product development and management in the B2B sector, as well as negotiating and structuring new business opportunities, and monitoring strategic investments.

Laura has a strong M&A and private equity background. Prior to Visa, she was Head of Investor Relations and a Senior Financial Analyst, M&A for Panamco, a US$3.6 billion Coca-Cola bottling Company sold to FEMSA and an Analyst at Banc of America Equity Partners.

Laura has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Economics from I.T.A.M. in Mexico City. Laura serves on the Board of Advisors of Miami Dade College´s Idea Center. As a current Board Member of the HBS Club of South Florida, she has helped raise funds for scholarships for South Florida non-profit leaders to attend an executive program in HBS for the past 11 years.

Brainfood is a monthly, hands-on discussion with localentrepreneurs who share the secrets of their success. These monthly gatherings will help Miami startups and entrepreneurs understand the opportunities and challenges of launching and growing a business. Every participant will leave with a wealth of new ideas and key, practical advice to advancing one’s own entrepreneurial career. Brainfood is presented by Endeavor Miami and takes place at The LAB Miami in Wynwood, generally on the last Tuesday of each month.

Presented in collaboration with:

  APR 18, 2017 @ 6:30PM – APR 18, 2017 @ 9:00PM
  The LAB Miami