Juan and Jose have built and exited a number of companies together as well as independently. STRAAT is their collaborative organization building startups, the BUILDING.co co-working space in Downtown Miami is their latest and .CO Internet was a +$100M exit in 2014.
Let's learn about attributes and practices that make these guys a winning team.
About this event
José Ignacio Rasco is the Managing Director of STRAAT and founder of BUILDING.co, Miami's premier collaborative workspace designed for growing companies and individuals serving the #MiamiTech ecosystem. STRAAT is in the business of building companies and is currently growing three startups in industries ranging from car restoration to health tech. Jose is responsible for all of the company’s holdings and provides strategic guidance to STRAAT’s companies. He serves on the board of directors of the companies and brings his experience in M&A, finance, accounting, international structures, and tax. In addition, he oversees the company’s growing urban real estate holdings.
Previously, Jose was CFO and one of the co-founders of .CO Internet, a top level domain business founded in 2009 and sold in 2014 to Neustar, Inc., a global technology and analytics provider.
Outside of work he answers to his wife and two kids. He was one of the founding Trustees of the Miami Chapter of Awesome Foundation and a former member of the Miami-Dade Public Schools Audit and Budget Advisory Committee. He is a CPA, graduated from the Wharton School of Business, and has a Master’s degree in Taxation from Florida International University.
Juan Diego Calle is a serial entrepreneur with successful exits for two of his past companies (TeRespondo and .CO Internet), and plenty of failures in between. He is the Chairman of STRAAT, a business in the business of building businesses. STRAAT is currently growing three startups in industries ranging from car restoration to health technology.
Some notable and other not-so-notable achievements of the fearless leader include:
An increasingly competent Dad (2010 - ongoing)
Entrepreneur of the Year (2011, South Florida Business Journal)
Technology Executive of the Year (2011, Miami Chamber of Commerce)
Barely finished the Escape to Miami Olympic Triathlon (2010)
Invests in various ventures with mixed success (2005 - ongoing)
Graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner-President Management Program (2005 - 2007)
Studied Industrial Engineering / Finance at the University of Miami (2000 - dropped out)