A social entrepreneur and mentor capitalist, Margarita Quihuis’s career has focused on innovation, technology incubation, access to capital and entrepreneurship. Her accomplishments include directorship of Astia (formerly known as the Women’s Technology Cluster), a technology incubator focused on women entrepreneurs where her portfolio companies raised $67 million in venture funding, venture capitalist, Reuters Fellow at Stanford, and Director of RI Labs for Ricoh Innovations. She is a researcher at Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab and co-directs the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab where she conducts research in behavior design, open innovation, mass collaboration, persuasive technology & the potential of social networks to change society for the better.
She is a recognized thought leader in the areas of innovation, emergent social behavior and technology and has been part of Deloitte’s On Social Roundtable and Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Open Innovation and Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology.
As Director of RI Labs for Ricoh Innovations she created a consumer facing innovation lab that focused on new market opportunities from generational behavior (Millenials), cloud and mobile computing, social technologies, crowdsourcing and open innovation.
Her past efforts include access to development capital through the productive use of remittances in Mexico and developing and advising mobile banking companies that serve the needs of diasporas. In 2004, Women’s eNews named her as one of their ’21 Leaders for the 21st Century’ and was one of WITI’s Women to Watch in 2003. She was named ‘One of The 100 Most Influential Latinos in Silicon Valley’ and received the Maestro Award by Latino Leaders Magazine.
Ms Quihuis has served as a consultant to the US State Department on entrepreneurship. She has been widely quoted in the Asian Venture Capital Report, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, US News & World Report, Forbes ASAP, CNN and CBS MarketWatch.