Our holiday store is online and LOADED with stocking stuffers for the calvo y guapos in your life this season!
startup cuba store besos

One day about two years ago I was looking to spread a little love so I made a t-shirt with one of my favorite words on it; BESOS. I’ve since worn that shirt with pride everywhere from the market to the airport. I love the smiles people give me when I walk through the terminal, with my big teeth glaring at the world in all my KISSES glory.

You can find everything in our holiday store from coffee mugs to beach towels and of course, our beloved t-shirts.

Fast foward to 2022 and I made another t-shirt. This time in anticipation of hanging out with my friends Mari and Yoel last June. Yoel and I are both bald and of course, very handsome (our mothers say so). So, naturally we needed a t-shirt to let the world know that.

Thus, CALVO y GUAPO was born.

Over the past six-months many of you have asked us where to get these t-shirts. We’re not necessarily in the t-shirt business so for a limited time, we created a holiday store. You can go here to get all the besos you want this holiday season. And, claro, we hope you want to give a lot of them this year. There’s more though; we went way overboard. You can find everything in our holiday store from coffee mugs to beach towels and of course, our beloved t-shirts.

On behalf of all of us at Startup Cuba I want to wish you a very happy holiday season filled with lots of love, happiness and besos with the calvo y guapos in your life.

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Ken Deckinger is the co-founder and CEO of Startup Cuba and the executive producer and host of its namesake docuseries. A native of South Florida, Ken has been an entrepreneur for his entire professional career. Previously he was co-founder and CEO of HurryDate, pioneering the global concept of speed dating to 45 cities throughout the US, UK and Canada. HurryDate eventually evolved into online dating and was acquired by Spark Networks, the parent company of ChristianMingle.com and JDate.com. Ken is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Florida, where he was honored with the University’s Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Under 40 award and sits on the Board for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He actively advises entrepreneurs and is a two-time protagonist of a Harvard Business School case study. Ken’s filmmaking and journalistic journey is inspired by a love of travel and authentic connections with other cultures. He believes that the more we know about each other, through stories, the closer we can become — thus the mission of Startup Cuba: to amplify the voices of the people sharing stories in the Latinx space. After living in New York City for 15 years, he encouraged his wife to move their family to Miami to get back to his South Florida roots. Needless to say, it was a short discussion and he and his family now call Boston, where his wife grew up, their home.

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