Ariel is a serial entrepreneur, cofounder and CEO of NXTP Labs, a seed-stage fund and business accelerator focused on Latin American companies.
Since 1995, Ariel co-founded I-Solution (e-builder), OK-compra.com (ecommerce), Vcommerce (emarketplace), and BizStorming (Internet Marketing Agency).
In 2003, he co-founded Digital Ventures and InZearch and grew the business to become one of the leading Ad Networks in Latin America. Both companies were acquired in July 2007 by Fox International Channels, a News Corp. company (NASDAQ:NWS). Post-acquisition, Ariel not only focused on the successful integration of the operation, he also helped shape the international expansion strategy for the ad network (now rebranded as .Fox Networks), increasing revenue four-fold and significantly expanded its global operation from three offices in Latin America to 21 offices spread across 4 continents.In 2009 he founded Nextperience, a creative agency, and in 2011 he created NXTP Labs.
Ariel has a particular interest in companies focused on the internet and online media industry. As an angel investor, he owns equity and holds board positions on 22 internet startups.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Ariel was born in Buenos Aires. He graduated as an electronic technician and is a college dropout. He later studied management at Harvard Business School and graduated as part of the Owner/President Management Program (OPM). He is now an active member of the Harvard Club in Argentina and the HBS Angels Club.
Ariel serves actively with NGOs such as Endeavor, Red Solidaria, Junior Achievement, Un Techo para mi País, and Kiva. Ariel and his wife have two children, Zoe and Ignacio, and in his spare time he enjoys running, diving and blogging at ArielArrieta.com.
As a member of Class 18, Ariel performed his fellowship at NXTP Labs. He was later a mentor to Class 20 member Francisco Coronel.