Ariel is a Managing Partner at Brainstorm Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm whose exits include OpenTable, Zappos, and KIO Networks in Mexico City. He is a Kauffman Fellow and Mentor. Ariel is also the Vice President of Pacific Community Management, a growth equity impact investment firm, and sits on the boards of several of its portfolio companies. Ariel serves on the board of Defy Ventures, a nonprofit that provides entrepreneurship training to incarcerated people. Ariel is the co-owner of Palau Moxó, an 18th century palace in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.
Previously, Ariel worked as a consultant at the Bridgespan Group, an affiliate of Bain & Company. He advised clients, such as the Gates Foundation and Hispanic Scholarship Fund, on their investment and growth strategies. Ariel briefly led the United Nations Development Programme’s Growing Sustainable Business Initiative in Venezuela. Prior to business school, Ariel worked in various capacities at Intel Corporation. Ariel received his MBA from Wharton and holds BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering from UC Berkeley and Georgia Tech, respectively. Ariel is a native Spanish speaker and New Yorker.