Sandra Ponce de Leon

Sandra Ponce de Leon is an entrepreneurial marketer and veteran start-up executive that has launched and supported companies through several successful exits. She has a broad marketing background that crosses consumer and business markets. As a tech passionista, she has a focus on blue-tech and also covers topics such as blockchain,  SaaS, health-tech, mobile, iOT and AI. She is a startup adviser and outsourced CMO that leads corporate marketing activities to fuel growth. Sandra's long history in Silicon Valley has enabled her to forge friendships and business relationships with the industry's top tech leaders and influencers which inform much of her extensive body of work including the Popping the Bubbl podcast, and contributing to #LatinaGeeks where she actively writes about emerging tech trends.

Are we Entering a New Era of Regeneration?

Regeneration is a relatively recent idea that has been gaining traction amongst climate action circles worldwide. In contrast to sustainability, which aims to maintain a state that avoids continued depletion of natural resources in order to keep ecological balance; regeneration refers to restoration, renewal, and growth. In other words, regeneration does not sustain, but rather improves upon the previous state. The idea originally took hold with regenerative farming practices, which are a set...

Why It’s Time to Abolish Marine Theme Parks

It’s time to abolish marine theme parks – once and for all. Caging the Ocean’s Wild, a film presented by the International Ocean Film Festival is a tough, but important film to watch. The barbaric practice of putting the ocean’s most majestic creatures into small tanks for our enjoyment must stop. In the US, the movie Blackfish, as well as activist groups like PETA have created awareness about the cruel practices of this industry. This consumer awareness has impacted Seaworld’s bottom...

Innovation drives the Blue Economy at Oceanology International 2019

Last week’s 50th anniversary Oceanology International conference in San Diego hosted a unique gathering of scientists and technologists working in partnership to preserve and grow “The Blue Economy”. The Center for the Blue Economy, a leading research agency defines the blue economy: The economic activities that create sustainable wealth from the world’s oceans and coasts. — Center for the Blue Economy. And the World Wildlife Fund estimates the total value of the blue...

Ocean Economy Takes Center Stage at Davos

The “ocean economy” was on center stage last month at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos — arguably the most important economic conference in the world — this year. While scientists have been sounding the alarm about climate change for awhile, it seems the world is suddenly taking notice. Perhaps it was last year’s report from the IPCC that laid out a bleak future for humanity if we don’t change our ways, with the alarming reality that we have less than...

At CES, A.I. Robots Can Read Your Emotions

Technology to help predict human emotions has been evolving over recent years and it only continues to grow more accurate. During my time at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, I was able to get close up and personal with one of these bots. Specifically, one that interacted with me, danced, and held somewhat of an engaging conversation.  Meet the Emotibot Born from the joint collaborations between Neurodata Labs, an emotion-A.I. software developer, and Promobot, a commercial robotics manufacturer, the...