Rafael is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Cometa (formerly VARIV Capital). Founded in 2012, Cometa is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies doing business in Spanish-speaking markets worldwide. Some investments within Cometa's portfolio include $1BN+ companies like Cabify and Wallapop, post-series B platforms like Bitso, Conekta, Gaia and Kueski, and global Hispanic fintech players like Bnext and Welcome Technologies. He currently serves as Board Member of AMEXCAP (the Mexican Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) where he is the Chairman of the Venture Capital Committee.
Rafael teaches a fintech course for undergraduate students at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), Mexico's most renowned business school. He is also Co-Founder of Lifedots, a New York-based software company.
Before Cometa and Lifedots, Rafael was an investment-banking associate in the M&A Group at JPMorgan in their London office, an associate attorney at the New York law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, and a consultant in international trade at SAI, a consultancy in Mexico City.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Rafael studied law at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, specialized in international law at the Universite Pantheon-Assas in Paris and the Universite Jean Moulin in Lyon, has an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business in New York with coursework at Peking University in China, and specializations in private equity and venture capital from Harvard Business School.
He speaks English, Spanish and French fluently, as well as basic Portuguese.