We're adding writers in the US-Cuba, Puerto Rican and broader Latinx spaces to our equipo.
Author - Ken Deckinger
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.
If you eat one of his guava y queso pastelitos and aren't hugging him - like in the video below - please DM us. Yes, they're that good (or better).
Amigo Skate's Rene Lecour has been bringing skateboards into Cuba for a decade. Next up: he's planning the first ever cross island trek.
Carmen Pelaez's new romantic political comedy, The Cuban Vote, is partly personal and partly an investigation into the insane world of Miami politics.
The Miami based Cuban-American entrepreneur leverages scrappiness, community and passion to achieve her goals with the deck stacked (statistically) against her.
For both Latinos and non-Latinos, it's a place to connect with others and feel at home surround by traditional food, music and culture.
Even in New York City just ten years ago it was hard to find real Cuban food so are cities like St. Louis or Pittsburgh ready? I really, really hope so.
Startup Cuba's Jami Erriquez talks about volunteering for World Central Kitchen in Poland to provide food relief for Ukrainian refugees.
Things heat up as Russia suggests that it could send a military deployment to Cuba, the island's vaccine is inspiration to low-income countries and more in this week's...
Guerra, the 3rd generation behind the family business welcomed us behind the scenes of the Cuban-American icon.
Mall Santa, all I want for Xmas is to interview Ana de Armas. That's all I need to believe in the miracle of the 1995 shopping mall Santa.
Curator Elizabeth Goizueta talks to Startup Cuba about Mariano Rodriguez's multi-decade exhibit at the McMullen Art Museum in Boston and soon the PAMM in Miami.