César Salazar is a Partner at 23 Design, a leading product strategy and interaction design firm headquartered in Mexico City. Most recently, he was also a Partner at 500 Startups, the most active venture capital firm in the world. From 2011 to 2015, he lead investments in over 90 early-stage companies in Latin America, Europe and the United States.

In 2014, Revista Expansión –the most prominent business outlet in the country– recognised his contributions and potential, featuring him on the cover of its “30 Promesas en los 30” issue.

As a speaker, he has been invited to present in forums such as EmTech by MIT Technology Review, Google, Stanford, Kellogg, Wharton, Harvard, and Spain Startup and Investor Summit.

César was founding partner of Mexican.VC, the first Silicon Valley seed fund dedicated to Mexican startups. 500 Startups acquired Mexican.VC in 2012 and brought César in as the 6th member of its investment team.

Additionally, César is an Endeavor Mentor and a Regional Advisor to UP Global, the largest entrepreneurship education initiative in the world.