Episode 36: Hispanic Heritage Month
In this episode, I'm speaking with Betsabe Botaitis, Head of Finance at Uplift. We will dig into Hispanic Heritage Month (from 15 September to 15 October) recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
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In this Episode 00:00 - Intro
01:25 - About Betsabe
09:30 - What does Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) mean to you personally?
15:30 - About Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM)
19:00 - Hispanic, Latinos, or LatinX - how are we define?
22:22 - Role of diversity in innovation
28:55 - Hispanic innovations across history
33:25 - Are their specific areas of innovation that hispanics can fill a gap?
37:05 - Why is blockchain coming up again?
37:48 - Betsabe’s tips for success for the hispanic community
About Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. During this month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners, share history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present.
I found a great article, "Highlighting Hispanic Inventors and Innovators" that pulls together great research of famous and not so famous hispanic inventors. Below is a small clip of the article:
Let’s start with inventor Victor Leaton Ochoa, who was a fascinating character to say the least. Born in Ojinaga, Mexico in 1850, he moved to Texas and later lived in New York and New Jersey, becoming a US citizen in 1889. His primary invention was the “Ochoaplane,” created around 1908-1911, which underwent several designs over the years, starting with a simple version mounted on two bicycle frames, with a small motor in between, that weighed only about 250 pounds. A later version, shown here, had a framework of steel tubing with wings that he wanted to construct so they could fold back and over the plane so it could be stored in a barn or garage. Other inventions he patented in the US included: a reversible motor (US Patent 718,508), a “pen for fountain pens” (US Patent 825,153), rail magnetic brakes (US Patents 867,147and 873,587), a windmill (US Patent 1,319,174), and wrenches (US Patents 1,417,196 and 1,454,333).
In addition, he was a journalist, writer, union leader, and political activist. Ochoa became most notorious as a Mexican revolutionary; in the 1890s, he had a $50,000 bounty on his head, to be delivered dead or alive to President Porfirio Díaz of Mexico! Ochoa ended up in prisons in the US for cross-border activities that violated US neutrality laws (he later escaped and was recaptured). When not in prison, he was busy filing for US and international patents and even incorporated the International Airship Company in Patterson, New Jersey, presumably to manufacture his Ochoaplane. In 1936, Ochoa returned to Sinaloa, Mexico, where he reportedly died nine years later. We are fortunate to have his papers in the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History. His life story would make a great Hollywood movie.
About Betsabe Botaitis
I have over 15 years of executive-level experience, which ranges from large financial institutions, fintech companies and a blockchain startup. I am a highly skilled visionary with practical acumen and intersecting expertise in multiple areas, including product and project management.
As a global executive at multiple organizations, I have led legal, risk and compliance teams that ensured local regulatory compliance. Throughout my career, I have leveraged numbers and technology to build forward-looking operational and financial infrastructures that facilitated data-driven decision making and continuous hyper-growth.
As a passionate advocate of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, I believe this technology is building a new economic paradigm that will eventually encompass all business and economies. I regularly participate in local and international blockchain conferences to promote mainstream blockchain and cryptocurrency adoption.