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Latino panel focuses on entrepreneurship
May 15, 2013, 05:00 AM By Julio Lara Daily Journal

Michael Lopez

A thousand-mile trip starts with a single footstep.

And entrepreneurs like Michael Lopez understand that, in many ways, that first step is the most important one.

So that is why Lopez, along with a who’s-who of experienced Latino entrepreneurs will impart their knowledge during “Latino Entrepreneurs: Their Visions and Journeys” — a panelist-led discussion at Runway, a startup tech incubator in San Francisco.

The three-hour discussion is part of San Francisco’s Small Business Week and will be hosted by the LAM, a Redwood City-based network of Latino influencers and trendsetters that is quickly reaching 6,000 Bay Area members.

Lopez, a Stanford University graduate, is one of six panelists to speak Thursday evening starting at 6 p.m.

“People have to know that these things are obtainable,” Lopez said. “And it’s not magic and it’s not wishful thinking. You have to do something and, when you do something, you can achieve these things.

“Part of it is simplifying and demystifying the process. It’s not rocket science. And that’s what a large part of this panel is going to be about. Yeah, you have a dream to be an entrepreneur, here’s how you do it.”

Lopez knows a thing or two about being entrepreneur. Currently, Lopez is the president of Solid Ground US, a business consulting and media relations firm based in Silicon Valley. His clients include the Wikimedia Foundation (operators of Wikipedia), Ricoh Innovation labs, modu, Trustware and Onset Technology to name a few.

Lopez will be joined by other Latino visionaries with ties to the Bay Area — Alejandro Velez, co-founder of Back to the Roots, Alicia Morga, founder and CEO of No. 8 Media, Inc., Lorena Flores Chatterjee, co-founder and vice president of marketing at Leap Commerce, Daniel Dalarossa, CEO and founder of Zymi Group and Chris Moreno, vice president of global partnerships and development at Drop Locker.

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