Sandra Ponce de Leon

Sandra Ponce de Leon is a Columnist at Grit Daily. She is a veteran start-up executive who 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.

Jeremy McKane Using Superpowers for Ocean’s Good

What happens when the artist can no longer sit back and play the passive observer in his creations but becomes compelled to become part of the art itself? That much happened to Jeremy McKane, a former startup executive, turned artistic photographer that realized creating stunning photography was not enough, he had to do more to inspire action, create innovative solutions and unite a fragmented ocean community to work together to improve our oceans’ health. Action is exactly what the ocean...

Alternatives To Plastic Are On The Rise

Alternatives to plastics are on the rise, and that’s a good thing! We’ve all heard the sobering and depressing statistic that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish, which is not surprising considering we are dumping the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute. Annually, over 300 million tons of plastic are produced and 50% of that is meant for only a single use, such as the plastic utensils used for a take-out meal or the top of a...

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...

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