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Miguel González Herranz

  • Gender: Male
  • University: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • University: Télécom ParisTech
  • Undergraduate Degree: Engineering
  • Graduate Degree: MS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • University: University of Pennsylvania
  • Graduate Degree: MA, International Studies
  • Graduate Degree: MBA
  • Organization: FounderNest
  • Position Title: Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer/Chief Product Officer

According to an Entrepreneurs featured interview posted by The Alumni Society, a Latino networking organization, Miguel had his first brush with entrepreneurship as a child, by spending spent time with grandparents who were entrepreneurs. “[They] ignited in me the entrepreneurial appetite,” he said.

In the interview, he credits his parents and brother, Felix, for having been his “best teachers,” by passing on a host of invaluable life skills. “They have taught me to be ethical, transparent, to value and love family,” he said, “to respect everybody regardless of who they are, how they are, and where they come from, and to build and treasure long-lasting relationships with authentic individuals.”

Adding knowledge to the wisdom passed down by family members, he pursued a higher education and earned four degrees. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, through a joint program at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Télécom ParisTech. Several years later, he attended The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), where he earned a master’s degree in International Studies. He later returned to Penn to receive an MBA from The Wharton School.

In The Alumni Society piece, Miguel noted how large a role his education played in helping him develop some critical entrepreneurial skills. “During my engineering studies,” he explained, “I faced many situations in which I had to come up with solutions given very limited information, high uncertainty, and a tight deadline. From this, I learned to be creative and to manage high levels of pressure.”

Having mastered four languages, he was able to pursue a global career spanning six countries. After launching his career at Telefónica in France, he began working for Google in Ireland and, later, in the US and Colombia. He told The Alumni Society that during his time at Google, he further expanded his entrepreneurial skillset, learning “how important it is to create a culture of empowerment and constant innovation—always staying creative and proposing solutions to my daily challenges while creating a culture that encourages others to equally innovate within and beyond their scope.

While still at Google, he co-founded JuntoSalimos, a nonprofit designed to help Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs succeed in the early stages of their businesses’ development. After five years at the organization, he teamed up with his brother to launch FounderNest, where he is currently the chief operating officer and chief product officer. The company’s mission is to use technology and data to make startup fundraising more efficient for both founders and investors.

When asked by The Alumni Society about his plans for the future, Miguel said,

“I would like to see FounderNest achieving our vision to enable investors to deploy their capital in the hands of deserving founders, and to enable founders to spend their time in what truly matters, building products and services that improve the lives of all of us. In the long run, I would like to find myself spending my day-to-day putting my experience and expertise at the service of those who can benefit from it. I still have received much more than I have given back.”