24 episodes

Did you know that only 1% of startups that have achieved unicorn status are led by Latin American founders? Drift's co-founder and CTO, Elias Torres, is on a mission to change that. Every other Tuesday, he has honest, inspiring, and authentic conversations with underrepresented leaders in tech. Hear from people who have achieved their own version of the American Dream, as well as those who are creating a more equitable future for the next generation.

The American Dream with Elias Torres Drift Podcast Network

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Did you know that only 1% of startups that have achieved unicorn status are led by Latin American founders? Drift's co-founder and CTO, Elias Torres, is on a mission to change that. Every other Tuesday, he has honest, inspiring, and authentic conversations with underrepresented leaders in tech. Hear from people who have achieved their own version of the American Dream, as well as those who are creating a more equitable future for the next generation.

    Mentors Matter: A Conversation with Drift's First Gen at Drift Employee Resource Group

    Mentors Matter: A Conversation with Drift's First Gen at Drift Employee Resource Group

    "I was so dependent on that program in high school that I didn't realize that there's not really something for that in college, and there's definitely not that type of support for post-grad and being in the working world...It would be nice through this ERG or on a larger scale for first-generation professionals to have some other network of support of other mentors who are in higher positions who have navigated corporate America and all that that entails."

    For so many us, we feel supported through high school, have some mentorship through college, and then get to the "real world," where we're left floundering with, at first, no mentors at all.

    This statement is felt 10x for first-generation employees, who not only have to navigate corporate America for the first time, but who also have to overcome the feeling of being the other while learning financial literacy.

    That's why Drifters John Cole and Ezinne Ogbonna founded the First Gen at Drift employee resource group -- a dedicated space for first-generation Drifters to come together, find mentors, and to learn from each other. In this episode of The American Dream, John and Ezinne tell Elias more about the mission behind the First Gen at Drift ERG, why they think mentors matter, and they share the stories that shaped them into who they are today.

    Be sure to hit the subscribe button to get new episodes when they drop every other Tuesday.

    In the meantime, be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with Elias on Twitter at @eliast and @DriftPodcasts, and Ezinne and John on LinkedIn.

    For more learnings from Elias, check out his quarterly newsletter, The American Dream. You can subscribe at https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/american-dream/

    • 37 min
    Unlocking the Power of Community with Snowball Wealth's Pamela Martinez

    Unlocking the Power of Community with Snowball Wealth's Pamela Martinez

    "People are dealing with imposter syndrome, we're dealing with kind of a lot of these struggles, so having that extra encouragement and reminding them that they can do it, and they will do it if they put their minds to it, and if they're doing well, making sure you remind them of that and recognize them, that can really help propel those people."

    For Pamela Martinez, the co-founder and CTO of Snowball Wealth, community is the fuel that drove her to her CTO role today, and it's why she's hyperfocused on the power of community at Snowball Wealth.

    Moving from Mexico to Texas in elementary school, Pamela experienced a community shift early in life. Being one of the only girls in an engineering program at high school brought a whole new community experience, and then attending Stanford University for undergraduate school brought yet another new community. After spending some time at Microsoft, Pamela decided it was time to enter the startup world, join a new community, and empower the community of underrepresented individuals through financial assistance.

    In this episode of the American Dream podcast, Pamela explains why she joined and almost left, the computer science community, why she and her co-founder started Snowball Wealth, and the early results Snowball Wealth is seeing by empowering individuals to take control of their finances.

    Be sure to hit the subscribe button to get new episodes when they drop every other Tuesday.

    In the meantime, be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with Elias on Twitter at @eliast and @DriftPodcasts, and Pam on LinkedIn.

    For more learnings from Elias, check out his quarterly newsletter, The American Dream. You can subscribe at https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/american-dream/

    • 36 min
    Making the Jump from Big Tech to Startup with Bexi.io's Cuco Vega

    Making the Jump from Big Tech to Startup with Bexi.io's Cuco Vega

    "I always wanted to start my own business. I think that's just because growing up, that's how I saw my parents. And the reason I love the name of your podcast is because I feel like every time I talk about my experience, it's like this experience is really the continuation of my parents' American Dream."

    What's it like to go from working your way into big tech, just to pivot and start your own company?

    Cuco Vega, and host Elias Torres, know first-hand.

    Cuco immigrated to the United States from Mexico as a young adult, and he worked in a variety of engineering agencies. When he decided to switch his career to product design, he also made the jump into big tech. But after a few years, Cuco realized it was time to fulfill his ultimate dream -- to start his own company, and Bexi.io was born.

    Bexi.io is a tool that helps small businesses create and launch landing page social campaigns in minutes -- something Elias has experience in as well. In this episode of the American Dream, Cuco and Elias swap stories about what it feels like to try to make a name for yourself in US tech as an immigrant, the reality of building a company from scratch, and what the motivating forces are behind everything they do.

    Be sure to hit the subscribe button to get new episodes when they drop every other Tuesday.

    In the meantime, be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with Elias on Twitter at @eliast and @DriftPodcasts, and Lisa on LinkedIn.

    For more learnings from Elias, check out his quarterly newsletter, The American Dream. You can subscribe at https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/american-dream/

    • 28 min
    How Do We Create Generational Wealth in Community? with Ganas Venture's Lolita Taub

    How Do We Create Generational Wealth in Community? with Ganas Venture's Lolita Taub

    "And the fact that we are Latino gives us an opportunity to understand the opportunities that are on the table, that's being left on the table; and that we have a unique perspective and that our lived experiences actually help us in being successful as founders, as investors in startups, or as investors in funds."

    Lolita Taub is the general partner of Ganas Ventures -- a fund that invests in pre-seed and seed Web 2 and Web 3 community-driven startups. Lolita's on a mission to create generational wealth in community, and her year-long tour of Latin America fuels this goal.

    Calling in from Santiago, Chile, Lolita and Elias discuss what Lolita's learned by living in Latin America, how she got involved with investing, and what it means to build generational wealth in community.

    Be sure to hit the subscribe button to get new episodes when they drop every other Tuesday.

    In the meantime, be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with Elias on Twitter at @eliast, @lolitataub, and @DriftPodcasts.

    For more learnings from Elias, check out his quarterly newsletter, The American Dream. You can subscribe at https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/american-dream/

    • 35 min
    How Do We Democratize Wealth? (with Infinity Venture's Mario Ruiz)

    How Do We Democratize Wealth? (with Infinity Venture's Mario Ruiz)

    Mario Ruiz grew up on food stamps in the Bronx. He credits this experience to being instrumental in how he's able to manage wealth and run his investing firm, Infinity Ventures, today.

    But, it's also an experience he hopes very few other Latinx people need to have. That's why, as co-founder and partner of Infinity Ventures, Mario is focused on investing in infrastructure and new companies with the mission to democratize wealth.

    In this episode of The American Dream podcast, Mario explains how reselling sneakers in high school taught him the basics of investing, why having the confidence to take risks is crucial to entrepreneurship, and what we all need to do to democratize wealth.

    Be sure to hit the subscribe button to get new episodes when they drop every other Tuesday.

    In the meantime, be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with Elias on Twitter at @eliast and @DriftPodcasts, and Lisa on LinkedIn.

    For more learnings from Elias, check out his quarterly newsletter, The American Dream. You can subscribe at https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/american-dream/

    • 36 min
    Helping More Students Walk Through Computer Science Doors with SVEF's Lisa Andrew

    Helping More Students Walk Through Computer Science Doors with SVEF's Lisa Andrew

    The secret to helping students succeed in computer science isn't a secret at all. They just need access to a high-quality, robust, curriculum.

    But opening those doors to an adequate computer science curriculum is easier said than done.

    Lisa Andrew, president of Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), has dedicated her adult life to working with students and teachers. Through her experience, Lisa has seen how a bureaucratic education system can create obstacles for certain community sectors. She and SVEF are on a mission to break down those obstacles by advocating for more doors to be opened for all students in California, and providing both students and teachers with the services they need to help them walk through those doors.

    In this episode of the American Dream podcast, Lisa explains how and why there's unequal funding for students in Silicon Valley, the importance of not only advocating for students, but delivering services to them, and how her own childhood experience, followed by her experience as a mother of biracial children, informs her work today.

    Be sure to hit the subscribe button to get new episodes when they drop every other Tuesday.

    In the meantime, be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with Elias on Twitter at @eliast and @DriftPodcasts, and Lisa on LinkedIn.

    For more learnings from Elias, check out his quarterly newsletter, The American Dream. You can subscribe at https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/american-dream/

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Marketingpro32 ,

Profoundly impactful and eye-opening

Elias Torres is one of those leaders that I admire deeply and profoundly because I am Latinx. However, I can see without a doubt that his impact on communities is transcendental, and for this reason, I was so excited to see that he launched the American Dream podcast. The first episode was nothing if not hard-hitting, impactful, and brilliant because it focused on the human element of rising above challenges and striving to create greater. In this first episode, Elias sets the stage by sharing honestly and vulnerably about his personal journey. Immediately, I was hooked because it felt as if I was right there listening and being an active participant in the conversation. The hallmark of an excellent podcast to me is one in which the lessons shared can be applied to your life and help make you not only a better human being, but a better professional by helping you unlock your potential. In this podcast, you will hear amazing stories covering the impact you can have when you lean into your life and aim to make a difference. I cannot wait for the second episode and have already listened to it a few times. Tune in because the first episode has already transformed my perspective through engaging and compelling insights. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Tony Lopez-Morales ,

Actionable insights + great guests

A lot of these types of convos can end up being fluff and motivational speeches but the American Dream has spent a lot of time getting into the nitty gritty of being Latin in tech (and America). Found myself keenly listening to each episode back when it was a webcast and now especially that it’s a podcast. Definitely worth a listen.

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