Privacy Policy, Compliance, and Disclosures

Last Revised January 1, 2022

Pursuant to new FTC regulations, I've put up this handy, all-encompassing page of disclosures so that it's perfectly clear when I'm writing on behalf of someone else. These are my own thoughts, generated by me, representing me. They – and this blog – are in no way affiliated with 1863 Ventures or any other company that I have any involvement in.

Steven A. Rodriguez


Any opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer. Co-writers incorporated herein by reference and their opinions are also their own and do not express the views or opinions of their employers. This shall not constitute an offer to buy, sell, or solicit securities.

All information provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon to make an investment decision and does not intend to make an offer or solicitation for the sale or purchase of any specific securities, investments, or investment strategies.

Nothing contained herein constitutes investment, legal, tax or other advice nor is it to be relied on in making an investment or other decision.

This may contain forward-looking statements and projections that are based on our current beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available that we believe to be reasonable. However, such statements necessarily involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions.

Investments involve risk and unless otherwise stated, are not guaranteed.

In considering any performance information contained herein, you should bear in mind that past or projected performance is not necessarily indicative of future results, and there can be no assurance that any entity referenced herein will achieve comparable results or that return objectives, if any, will be met.

All of the information herein is subject to change without notice. Information is provided as of the dates set forth herein. Current or future characteristics and other information may vary significantly from those provided herein and the poster undertakes no obligation to notify anyone of such variances or update the information herein.

The poster does not represent that the information herein is accurate, true or complete, makes no warranty, express or implied, regarding the information herein and shall not be liable for any losses, damages, costs or expenses related to its adequacy, accuracy, truth, completeness or use.

The charts, tables, and graphs contained herein are not intended to be used to assist the reader in determining which securities to buy or sell or when to buy or sell securities.

People Who Employ Me

I am the Director for Latinx Programs at 1863 Ventures, founder and board for SUEGO™ (including the BloomShift™, BOGOWEEK™, and BRIJX™ brands), and Innovate Coalition Inc. (herewith “ORGS”). All content which features the ORGS inherently provides me direct and indirect financial benefit. Clients I represent through the ORGS will be marked or tagged as clients for disclosure purposes.

People Who Consult With Me

Various organizations, conferences and events pay me to speak. If I’m promoting a conference that I’m speaking at, assume I’m being paid to speak and that any promotion of the conference isn’t vain egotism, but is in fact crass commercialism.

  • I am a Mentor for iNNpulsa Colombia, which means I receive recognition from iNnpulsa Colombia and non-financial compensation.
  • I am an Ambassador for CEmprende, which means I receive recognition from CEmprende and non-financial compensation.
  • I am a Mentor Coach for America Needs You (ANY), which means I receive recognition from ANY and non-financial compensation.
  • I am a Consul for InterNations, which means I receive recognition from InterNations and non-financial compensation.
  • I am a Startup Advisor for the Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC), which means I receive recognition from EWC and non-financial compensation.
  • I am a Startup Advisor for SEED SPOT, which means I receive recognition from SEED SPOT and non-financial compensation.
  • I am a member of Startup Champions Network (SCN), which means I receive recognition from SCN and non-financial compensation.
  • I am a Coach/Mentor and Contributor for WeWork Labs, which means I receive recognition from WeWork and non-financial compensation.
  • I am a Coach/Mentor for 1863 Ventures, which means I receive recognition from 1863 Ventures and non-financial compensation.
  • I am a Contributor for Technical.ly Media, which means I receive recognition from Technical.ly Media and non-financial compensation.
  • I am an Ambassador for Startup Genome, which means I receive recognition from Startup Genome and non-financial compensation.
  • I am a Certified ExO Ambassador, which means I receive recognition from OpenExO and non-financial compensation.
    • This includes ExO Meetup // ExO Washington DC
    • This includes ExO Economy
    • This includes ExO Builder
  • I am a Chapter Director for FoundersBoost (formerly Startup Boost), which means I receive recognition from FoundersBoost and non-financial compensation.
    • This includes BoostX // FoundersBoost Washington DC
  • I am a Community Organizer for CMX Hub, which means I receive recognition from CMX Hub and non-financial compensation.
    • This includes CMX Connect // CMX Connect DC
  • I am a Techstars Startup Programs Organizer and Global Facilitator, which means I receive recognition from Techstars and non-financial compensation.
    • This includes Techstars Startup Week // DC Startup Week // BOGOWEEK
    • This includes Techstars Startup Weekend // Startup Weekend Washinton DC // Startup Weekend Bogotá
    • This Includes Techstars Startup Digest // Startup Digest Washington, DC
  • I am a Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Kauffman) program Organizer and FastTrac Certified Facilitator, which means I receive recognition from Kauffman and non-financial compensation.
    • This includes Kauffman FastTrac
    • This includes 1 Million Cups // 1 Million Cups Washington DC
  • I am a Hackers/Founders (H/F) program Organizer, which means I receive recognition from H/F and non-financial compensation.
  • I am a Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) program Organizer, which means I receive recognition from GEN and non-financial compensation.
    • This includes Global Entrepreneurship Congress
    • This includes Global Entrepreneurship Week USA // Global Entrepreneurship Week Washington DC
    • This includes Startup Huddle // Startup Huddle Bogotá
  • I am a StartUPCON program Organizer, which means I receive recognition from StartUPCON and non-financial compensation.
    • This includes StartUpCON Bogotá
    • This includes ScaleUP Bogotá

Financial Holdings and Conflicts of Interest

  • I am an investor in Snap Inc. (SNAP).
  • I hold a variety of index funds for retirement purposes, including an S&P 500 Index Fund, managed by Blooom.
  • I am a Mentor at Founders Institute with a shared equity liquidity pool.
  • I hold nine cryptocurrencies: Cardano, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dai, Ethereum, Litecoin, Lumen, Rally, and USD Coin.
  • I hold four utility tokens: EXOS, JOW, RUTA, TILT.

Statement on Affiliate Marketing

I’m going to try to make money off of you. Let me repeat that. I AM GOING TO TRY TO MAKE MONEY OFF OF YOU. I’ll post stuff for sale on which I get paid a commission. I’ll post stuff for my employer to benefit my salary, so assume a bias there. I use Amazon, Linkshare, Commission Junction, Shareasale, and anyone else who will shovel cash my way. You should too. Assume that I’m getting paid by someone, though I’ll use in-post disclosures when and where I can.

My only promise to you is that I won’t market crap to you. If I try to sell you something, at least it’ll be the good stuff.

Statement on Content

This is my blog. It’s like my living room, only online. I do with it as I like, as you should do in your own living room. If you were to come into my living room, demand free beer and chips, then crap on the floor and break the windows, I’d probably put your porch lights out, if you know what I mean. If you do the digital equivalent, I’ll do the same.

Plain English: I reserve the right to do whatever I want on my personal blog with content, including updating, editing, and deleting without warning or notice.

Statement on Unsolicited Items

You’re welcome to send them to me, but they’re not coming back. Ever. Especially if a pet gets to it.

By sending me something to review, you understand that I may or may not review it, and I do not guarantee any outcome of the review. I also do not guarantee a review in a timely manner unless you want to pay for a review.

If your product sucks, I’m going to say so in no uncertain words.

If it’s delivered electronically, I may never even see it due to spam filters.

If it’s tangible, there’s a distinct chance it’ll get lost in my office somewhere and I won’t find it until months later, possibly after you’ve gone out of business. I’ll still review it and lament your passing if that’s the case.

If I do review something, I will disclose it, no exceptions.

If it’s great, I’ll tell people about it. If it’s terrible, likewise. If it’s mediocre, there’s a good chance it will make so little an impression that I’ll forget to review it entirely.

Be awesome, okay?

Comprehensive Privacy Policy

Who we are

The web site you have entered (stevenarodriguez.com, its sub-domains and any services available therefrom, including any mobile versions of the web site or mobile applications) (the “Site”) is independently operated by Steven and his team (“we” or “us”). We respect your privacy rights and recognize the importance of protecting information collected from you and about you. This privacy policy (the “Privacy Policy”) describes how we collect, use, and share that information. Your use of the Site constitutes your acceptance of this Privacy Policy.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Personal information such as email addresses and IP addresses are collected for marketing purposes. Visitors opt-in to my email newsletter and optional fields such as name, title, company, and other information are collected at time of subscription. This information is collected to send a weekly email newsletter and for retargeting purposes for digital advertising.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


This website uses analytics software from Google Inc., principally Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, and Google Optimize. Analytics software compliance is governed by these organizations.

Who we share your data with

We share anonymized cookie data for retargeting with the ORGS.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. Please use the contact form on this site to request personal data or the right to be forgotten under GDPR.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please email us at [email protected].

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

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