devLatino’s goal is to share knowledge and information with the Latino community from leaders in science and technology, and the digital space. We will showcase contributions from Latinos and Latin-Americans including bloggers, marketers, entrepreneurs, startups, social media experts, web and app developers, engineers, scientists, and educators. devLatino seeks to promote industry experts making strides in these areas. We will ask the experts to share their journey so that we call all learn from their successes and failures.
About the Host
Hey, my name is Jason Mazier. I currently reside in South Florida, but I was born and raised in New York City (Uptown baby!) and make it “up north” often. I decided to start this devLatino journey simply out of curiosity. The idea began when I launched my own marketing practice. As a small business owner, it is important that I stay well informed on the latest digital marketing trends. I read just about everything written by the top online experts, became involved with the local WordPress community (shout-out to WPMIA) and began networking with loads of smart people. My professional network grew to include bloggers, marketers, social media experts, developers, engineers, and photographers – all very bright people with whom I enjoy working. But, as it’s been well documented, the technology and digital space can be one that is dominated by white males. I thought to myself – surely, there have to be Latinos and Latinas who are making waves in technology. My curiosity got the best of me and I decided to start a journey to learn about and connect with other Latinos and Latinas working in technology.
The road to this podcast was a bit unexpected. I initially bought the devLatino domain in 2013 thinking it would simply be a blog. But it wasn’t until I attended a WordPress Miami meeting which focused on podcasting that the idea for devLatino truly began to take shape. The presenters at that meeting were Jared Easley, host of Starve the Doubts, and Ralph Quintero, founder of Happy Someone. They gave a great presentation and discussed their passion for podcasting. I immediately made the connection: podcasting + interviewing amazing and influential Latinos in Tech would be much more interesting than simply writing a blog about the subject. I definitely owe a huge THANK YOU to Jared and Ralph as their presentation planted the seed of what has grown into this blog and podcast show. I definitely want them to be on the show!
In addition, my good friend Rafael (Ray) Collazo began a podcast in 2013 and listening to his shows really inspired me. I saw how he bravely jumped head first in the podcasting game and he has interviewed some of the most amazingly talented people on the planet. If you have haven’t heard Ray’s Podcast, I HIGHLY recommend it. I recall when he first started the show, I rushed to call him simply to tell him how COOL he was for starting this. I really applauded him and asked tons of questions. Ray often mentions on his show that more Latinos and Latinas need to lift our voices and start spreading OUR stories and successes. I took Ray’s advice to heart. I’m proud to say Ray has been a good friend for years, and he deserves a giant thank you for being a great ally and mentor as I began my podcasting journey. Ray has honored me by being my first guest!
As I mentioned earlier, I own and operate a marketing practice, Maziermedia, therefore I plan to interview some awesome people who are experts in Search, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, email marketing, web design/development and more. I have some great guests lined up for the show and couldn’t be more excited to continue reaching out to my long list of interviewees. Thank you so much for joining me in this journey! I guarantee that you will learn something new, grow your network, and be entertained. I have no idea where this Digital Empowerment Voyage (D.E.V…get it? dev!) will take us but that is the fun part. Wherever we go, I’m sure it we will all be better for it! Truly, a giant THANK YOU for listening to our podcast and reading our blog.
Follow me on Twitter: @jasonmazier