Ariel is a General Partner at Brainstorm Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm whose exits include OpenTable, Zappos and KIO Networks in Mexico City. He is also the Vice President of Pacific Community Management, a growth equity impact investment firm, and serves on the boards of several of its portfolio companies. Ariel serves on the board of Defy Ventures, a nonprofit that provides entrepreneurship training to incarcerated people. He is the co-owner of Palau Mox√É¬≥, an 18th century palace in Barcelona√¢¬Ä¬ôs Gothic Quarter.
Previously, Ariel worked as a management consultant at the Bridgespan Group, an affiliate of Bain & Company. He advised clients, such as the Gates Foundation and Hispanic Scholarship Fund, on their investment and growth strategies. Ariel briefly led the United Nations Development Programme?s Growing Sustainable Business Initiative in Venezuela. Prior to business school, Ariel worked in various capacities at Intel Corporation, including as a manufacturing engineer, pricing analyst and strategic planning manager.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Ariel received his MBA from the Wharton School in 2007. He also holds BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering from UC Berkeley and Georgia Tech, respectively. Ariel attended each institution on a full-tuition, merit-based scholarship or fellowship.
Ariel grew up in New York City and Los Angeles and is a dual citizen of Argentina and the United States. He loves to travel and has visited over 60 countries .
A member of Class 16, Ariel served his fellowship at Pacific Community Ventures under the mentorship of Managing Partner Eduardo Rallo. He has served as a Mentor to Class 20 Fellow Hana Yang and Class 24 Fellow Laura McCoolidge.