StartupSB : Starting Up Santa Barbara Message Board › Jeffrey Peterson, Founder of QuePasa, to talk at UCSB Tonight (open to the p
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Jeffrey Peterson, founder of QuePasa (QPSA), will be speaking to my Entrepreneurial Marketing class at UCSB tonight from 6 to 8 at UCSB in the CHEM 1171 room.
The event is open to the public.
Please join us, and pass the information below to others that might be interested.
What: Jeffrey Peterson, founder of QuePasa, will speak with students at UCSB
Where: CHEM 1171 on the Campus of UCSB
When: Monday, June 4 from 6pm to 8pm
CNN Financial News named Peterson the pioneer of the Hispanic internet sector in the United States. A Santa Barbara native and computer enthusiast since childhood, Jeff learned about programming from the emergent technology community at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the early 1980's. A decade later, he started his career at Wall Street brokerage firm Lehman Brothers, where he learned about Corporate Finance.
In 1998, he founded Quepasa.com, which became the first nationally branded online community for Hispanics. Investors included Gloria Estefan, football star John Elway, Sony Corporation, and Telemundo. Quepasa raised $150 million and quickly grew to over 200 employees and nearly $500 million in market value, while sustaining top audience and user growth metrics in principal regions of Latin America. As a public company, Quepasa logged hundreds of millions of dollars in monthly trading volume with a shareholder base of over 50,000 shareholders. In 2007, Quepasa was acquired by an investor group led by billionaire investor Richard Scott, who now serves as the Governor of Florida.
Peterson currently serves as Chairman of Inter123 Corp., an investment fund focused on early-stage technology companies. In recent years, he has made co-investments alongside Paypal founder Peter Thiel and the developer of Google Adsense, Georges Harik. In 2008, Peterson executed a significant business transaction with Richard Rosenblatt, Chairman of Demand Media.
In the business sector, Peterson served on the Hispanic Committee of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) in New York. In the public sector, Peterson served as a technology and business adviser to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard. In 2003, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano first named Peterson to the board of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. In Latin America, he served as a technology advisor to the federal governments of Mexico and Costa Rica. He continues to address international technology issues in the border region.