Entrepreneur, executive and investor in numerous U.S. and international technology companies, Oscar Salazar has made a big impact in the world of telecommunications and business. Alongside Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick, Oscar founded and was CTO of the enormously successful transportation and food delivery app, Uber, that became a universally recognised brand. Although he has now left the company, he still frequently acts as an advisor and is a large shareholder.
Oscar then spent three years at the Mexican social start-up, Citivox, that is committed to helping non-governmental and individuals to monitor and prevent electoral fraud, crime and infrastructure problems. In 2013, he moved on to create Pager Inc., a service which worked in a similar way to Uber, except instead of summoning taxis, the user summons certified doctors or nurses to look at anything from colds to sprains. Oscar says that all the start-up projects he is involved with ‘have a social impact’.
He also states that he does not build companies, but ‘helps people build companies’, meaning that once he has helped a brand start-up, he is on to the next project. Indeed, most recently he has launched Ogon LLC, an advisory company that provides strategic, marketing and technical advice to companies throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is currently working on another transportation app, Ride, that will enable companies to provide a carpool service to their employees, in a similar way as Uber. Oscar received his Masters from the University of Calgary in Canada and his PhD in telecommunications in Paris. He supports the fight against poverty, efforts towards gender equality but has a particular interest in education. He combines this with his interest in artificial intelligence, and is exploring the means of combining the two in order to provide education to children around the world.