Orlando shares his journey from finance, Peace Corp, back to finance and then breaking into tech by writing a jingle.
Despite having an MBA and finance background, it took him over 8 months to break into tech.
To stand out from the crowd, Orlando wrote Jingles and leveraged Twitter to directly connect with companies.
Orlando Gomez is a First-gen Mexican-American from Chicago’s South Side. Parents are from Guanajuato and his Dad settled here as a steelworker after working the fields in California. He brought my mom over and I was born here.
Orlando received his Bachelor’s in Business Management from Robert Morris University-Illinois in Chicago, then went to work at a Walmart store in Columbus, Ohio. He realized retail wasn’t for me and soon after switched to finance. He recieves his investment licenses at Charles Schwab in Indianapolis, then moved back to Chicago to work in Private Wealth (Credit Suisse).
After private wealth, he joined the Peace Corps and lived in the sierra of Peru for two years advising small businesses, teaching youth entrepreneurship, leading financial literacy workshops, and starting a baseball little league.
He came back to the US and started business school at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and that eventually took him to Investment Banking in NYC (CS – Industrials).
The shift to WFH enabled him to return to Chicago where he set out to explore opportunities in Tech and eventually landed at Drift helping build out their Drift for Startups program