Avi Zolty, YC Alumni & Serial Entrepreneur

Avi Zolty, YC Alumni & Serial Entrepreneur

From a young age, Avi has been passionate about becoming a successful businessman; he created his first company when only sixteen. Within the next year, he established a multitude of popular teen nightclubs, which led to the foundation of the largest dub step promotion company in the south-east and a position as marketing director at one of the nation's top nightclubs. By 19, he had already amassed an impressive list of awards from various local and state competitions for his various software startups, including phishyourfriends, Tabbster, ActivitySplash, OhYah Media, and one of the first Facebook Apps - IRecommendIt as well as selling a domain to Paypal Execs before his 21st birthday.

After graduating from Y Combinator in winter 2013 Avi moved to LA to focus on a music-analytics platform called Beatdeck, which has since been acquired. While in LA he also c0-founded Skurt. His specialties lie in marketing, hacking and startup-building. 


Nati Rodriguez, M.Ed, Stanford University

Nati Rodriguez, M.Ed, Stanford University

Nati will stop nothing short of denting the world of education. The DNA of her passions and experience are uniquely comprised of project based learning and entrepreneurship.

Nati spent 6+ years at Stanford, graduating with a B.S. in Science, Technology and Society and an M.A. in Education. Under the mentorship of master teachers from the Stanford Teacher Education Program, she taught math at traditional and charter high schools.  In addition, Nati has researched bilingual child development at Stanford’s Psychology Department.

Curious about the business world, Nati jumped into private equity, while partnering with a subset of LA's artist community to launch their creative ventures. Despite successfully failing with a number of these endeavors, the entrepreneurial bug bit!

Eager to invest in her business acumen, Nati completed her MBA at the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship. Her studies took her to consulting social enterprises in South Africa, backpacking throughout Patagonia, and studying entrepreneurship at HEC Paris.

Nati is a devout meditator and enjoys hikes, spin, and yoga. She serves on the board of STEMed Labs, a 501(c)3 non profit focused on Computer Science education.


Aaron Altamura, Startup CFO & CPA

Aaron Altamura, Startup CFO & CPA

Aaron is a nut for all things entrepreneurship and has a "full-stack" financial pedigree. His entrepreneurial passion was kindled during an invite only university course taught by Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko's, who challenged him to question everything he previously took for granted.

After graduating with dual degrees in finance and accounting and passing his CPA exams over a summer, he accepted an offer from Wells Fargo to participate in a 3 year, elite financial analyst program. Twenty months into the program, boredom and stagnation drove him to hit the eject button, from which he immersed himself in the budding tech world.

Aaron began operations and financial consulting work with the founders of venture backed, high-tech startups and hasn’t looked back. He has now spent the past 2+ years developing his consulting business and has intimately worked with many of the country’s most innovative startups. He also has taken his share of startup lumps with a failed FinTech venture.

Aaron's passion for teaching was sparked while mentoring a promising young teen through Minds Matter of Los Angeles. He currently serves as the treasurer of Beautify Earth, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Agustín Cervantes, M.Ed, Stanford University

Agustín Cervantes, M.Ed, Stanford University

Agustín Cervantes currently serves as Director of Student Services for the Charter College of Education at Cal State University, Los Angeles.  He is responsible for the management and leadership of all functions pertaining to outreach, community relations, advisement, and credential operations.  Agustín also teaches courses as a contributing faculty member. 

Previously, Agustín Cervantes served as a National Accounts Manager for Laureate Global Products and Services. In tandem, he served as the Director of Outreach and Enrollment Services for The National Hispanic University. Agustín is responsible for guiding the complete field team for The National Hispanic University (NHU), including recruitment and community relation efforts throughout California.

Originally from east Los Angeles, Agustín Cervantes lived in the Bay Area for over 10 years and worked for the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Stanford University, In 2012, Agustín was named “Educator of the Year” by the Association for Mexican American Educators, Inc. – Silicon Valley Chapter. Agustín Cervantes holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Urban Studies and Spanish and Portuguese, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Stanford University. He has taught classes at The National Hispanic University and co-taught a student initiated course, researched social capital in Latino communities, and served as a Residential Advisor with The Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford's Upward Bound Program.


Josh Horwatt MA.Ed, Educational Therapist

Josh Horwatt MA.Ed, Educational Therapist

Josh is an educational therapist and educator in the Los Angeles area.  He works with children who don't fit into the traditional educational box and sometimes fall through the cracks.  These students often display incredible talent and ingenuity in other realms, but traditional schooling has trouble creating an environment that fosters their growth and learning.  Committed to creating a space for children who are often overlooked, yet brilliant, he co-founded Teen Startup Academy to empower teens to build businesses using the talents they already possess.  

Josh has his M.Ed in Special Education/Educational Therapy from California State University Northridge and his B.A. from U.C. Davis.  He has diverse experience in the educational realm, including, teaching in the classroom, running a cognitive therapy program for children with learning differences and directing the education support department at a Los Angeles private school.  Josh has since left traditional education to launch his own private practice as an educational therapist and to help youth build their confidence while learning to forge their own path to success.