Connect Sparks provides advisory services, insights, and tools on go-to-market, data sciences, monetization, product strategy, and capital raising to Cause-driven Technology Startups and Nonprofits. We also advise Fortune 500 companies and large Foundations on how to structure Positive Social Impact Programs and go-to-market strategies that deliver results at scale.
We have launched over 30 Global Products and 7 successful Cause-driven Tech Startups. We can help you succeed and deliver a positive impact.
Resources for Startups, Nonprofits & Investors
Operational Support to Maximize Revenue, Impact and Investments
We use our proven models, proprietary tools, Databases, and methodologies to provide executive support on Data Sciences, Product Strategy and Roadmap, Channel models, Unit Economics, and Monetization Models, as well as due diligence for investments and M&A.
We have experience launching successful cause-driven technology companies, achieving $450K ARR in less than one year after launching the product. We deeply understand the $3T annual economy in the nonprofit sector, the flow of money, and their unique needs to help them deliver on their mission.
Impact Data to Guide Operations and Growth
We help define impact metrics and the data science work related to creating those reports; for example, this impact report from VidaNyx, the leading digital criminal evidence software.
These data-related strategies result in internal dashboards to guide prioritization and execution and identify opportunities to monetize data as a product.
Capital Raising and Alternative Funding
We assist in creating pitch decks and definitions of capital-raising strategies from angel investors, venture capital and private equity firms, foundations, and government sources
Digital transformation strategies include analyzing technologies to license or partner with, creating a product roadmap to deliver value and growth within nine months, and evaluating cloud and mobile strategies and teams.
60 Seconds that Inspire Us
Tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists proudly talk about the one-minute on the Internet. Every 60 seconds, we exchange over 250 million emails and instant messages, stream over 7 million videos, and swipe 1.4 million times, searching for love.
However, every minute in the US, one child is sexually abused, and we throw away over $300,000 in edible food while 41 million people experience food insecurity. Every 60 seconds, 44 million people struggle with mental health issues.
It is this “other” minute we do not talk about enough; we focus our Capital and IP creation on backing entrepreneurs inspired by this other minute.
We have experience building capital-efficient software companies that address social issues and deliver substantial value to clients.
ConnectSparks team and operating advisors have global experience in monetization and business modeling, capital markets, technology innovation, data sciences, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity, mental health, and social connectedness, among other areas.
As a Global Fortune 500 executive, Luis Salazar has led the launch of more than 30 global products in the consumer and business spaces at Yahoo, Microsoft, GMI, Xerox, and ABB. As a serial tech entrepreneur since 2011, he co-founded 7 Software as a Service, Consumer, and IoT companies. In 2017 he focused on Technology for Positive Social Impact, co-founding Giving Tech Labs. They launched 5 Tech Startups addressing Social Problems, went through 4 exits, and published or sparked 15 patents, research papers, government proclamations, and new legislation. Each company generated +$450K ARR during their incubation phase before an exit and generated returns of 0.8x to 12x while also delivering a positive social impact to over 400,000 individuals every month.
Dr. Ying Li, is a world’s renowned data scientist recognized for her substantial contributions to the practice and application of data mining and her outstanding service to the global Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) community. She led Microsoft’s first efforts on behavioral targeting, data mining, machine learning, Internet monetization, business intelligence, and online privacy. She has filed over 90 patent applications (3 of them with Luis Salazar) in data mining, machine learning, computational advertising, software performance optimization, computer program tracing, profiling, and analysis. She Chairs over 15 international conferences.
Alex Gounares, Founder of Poliverse, the worlds leading cybersecurity vendor of moving target defense technologies. Alex served as AOL’s Chief Technology Officer, and previously he was the Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft’s Online Services Division. Alex served for three years as Technology Advisor to Microsoft Chairman and founder Bill Gates, as well as Corporate Vice President of Corporate Strategy in Microsoft’s Finance Department.
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