My name is Angelo Rodriguez, and I am a husband, father of 3 (2 boys & 1 girl), entrepreneur, and Emerging Technologies Consultant at Verizon in Southern California. Family is my foundation, and the primary motivation for everything I’ve accomplished. I have lived in 5 states in the last 10 years (Pennsylvania, Florida, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and California). When I am not working, I love spending time with my family, watching UFC, playing video games, and traveling. I am passionate about technology startups focused on Internet of Things, and teaching people how to use emerging technologies to improve their lives and businesses.
Spending the majority of my early years in the rough side of Harrisbug, PA–the tiny capital of Pennsylvania that resembles many former industrial towns like Cleveland or Buffalo–certainly went a long way in shaping the man I grew to be. I grew up in the culturally diverse, but poor neighborhood of Allison Hill. My parents were middle class, but stayed in the neighborhood to be close to family. Growing up in that neighborhood provided me with a grit and a “never back down” attitude that has served me well throughout my career.
I was the second oldest of 5 kids and the oldest son. My family has always been very close, which is likely a product of our cultural background (my father is Puerto Rican). To this day my siblings are incredibly close and carry the “us against the world” mentality that is common where I am from.
When I was 18, I moved to Florida to follow my dream to work in visual effects. I majored in Computer Animation at Full Sail University, but soon realized that as jobs in the field were being exported, that a career in that field might not be lucrative enough to pay the bills. I met my wife in Florida and my beautiful step-son. After we married, we moved to New England where I started working in Verizon Wireless’ business to business sales team in downtown Boston. While in Boston, I had an incredible opportunity to study Business Administration & Marketing Management at Harvard University’s extension school, where I completed my undergrad. The 4 years that I spent on campus at Harvard transformed my life, and provided the opportunity to build an incredible network.
Since then, we’ve moved to California where I am tasked with bringing new products to market, and developing a model to successfully penetrate the Southern California sub-market with emerging technologies. I am always looking forward to meeting new people and exploring new opportunities, so feel free to connect with me on Twitter @TheIoTExpert or on LinkedIn.