Oscar Salazar

Disruptive Innovator

Disruptive innovator Oscar Salazar is the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Tech venture Pager, the company is set to redefine the medical care industry by bringing the medicine to you. With Pager one can summon a “Board-certified doctor or nurse to treat anything from colds and flus to sprains and strains.” The start-up has over $20 million in funding to date.

Oscar has been a part of several successful ventures. He is the founding Chief Technology Officer of Uber, as well as the VP of Technology at Ride and CEO of CitiVox.

Salazar doesn’t work full-time or daily at any of these start-ups. “I don’t build companies, I help people build companies,” says Salazar. “Its part of my strategy to work with companies like Uber, because I can do my job faster and I want to have value to add.”  They all share a narrative, Salazar says. “All the projects I’m involved in have a social impact. That’s where start-ups can change the world faster.”

Oscar speaks on emerging technology, artificial intelligence, and the changing landscape of bio-tech.

One of Oscars primary focuses and new product ‘Ride’, aims to revolutionize the way we commute: A company signs up to be part of Ride and advertises the service to its employees. Each participant declares where they live, what type of car they drive and whether they prefer to be a driver or passenger, or either. Ride uses algorithms to group workers together based on where they live and when they commute to and from work. In each group, the person farthest from the office geographically is designated as the driver and picks up colleagues along the route, using directions from the app. Ride believes it will help companies reach their sustainability goals and improve carbon footprints. Commuting together means fewer cars on the road.

Salazar was born in Mexico and got his master’s degree in Canada at the University of Calgary and his PhD in Paris. Salazar also has contributed to the tech scene back in Mexico by working from executive positioning in social start-up, Citivox.

Keywords & Topics

Artificial Intelligence, AI, Disruptor, Disruptors, innovation, Environmental Consciousness, CSR, sustainability, Entrepreneurship, connectivity, Start-ups, social impact

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