Jose Suarez is the CEO of TEDMED, LLC and a partner at Walker Digital, LLC and Silver 8 Partners, LP.
TEDMED is the non-profit health and medicine edition of the famous TED Talks. TEDMED is best known for its annual event, where a thousand Delegates from within and outside the field gather for 3 days of intellectual engagement. The event seeks to amplify the work of undiscovered researchers and innovators and important industry influencers. TEDMED Talks are simulcast live around the world, ultimately touching millions of minds.
Prior to TEDMED, Mr. Suarez served for many years as President & COO of Walker Digital, a privately-held, innovation laboratory based in Stamford, Connecticut, founded by prolific inventor Jay Walker. Now as partner of Jay Walker and the firm, Mr. Suarez serves in an advisory role. Walker Digital is best known as the creator of Priceline.
Mr. Suarez is an investor in technologies and start-ups that solve large problems, leverage the power of networks, and can scale rapidly. As General Partner, he co-founded and co-manages Silver 8 Partners, the #1 Technology Hedge Fund for 2016 by Net Return to Investors as ranked by BarclayHedge. Silver 8's investment thesis is at the intersection of finance and technology (a sector known as "FinTech"). Mr. Suarez believes the financial services industry will be reshaped by the confluence of three main technical forces: blockchain, mobile solutions, and big data (including machine learning), and that this will lead to the creation of a powerful peer to peer economy worldwide and a reliable financial infrastructure to the billions of underbanked or unbanked people around the world.
Mr. Suarez has started, operated and sold numerous businesses, including an electronic payment processing company and manufacturing plants employing thousands of people throughout Central America. A former real estate developer, Mr. Suarez started his professional career at GE – creating computer simulation models of manufacturing plants around the globe and then as a manager in GE Capital's venture group for private label credit cards.
Mr. Suarez serves as advisor and patron of various philanthropic organizations. He was born in El Salvador and emigrated to the United States during his country's civil war to attend college. He graduated valedictorian from Virginia Tech holding a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Suarez enjoys adventure travel and has participated in expeditions to both the Arctic and the Antarctic. He is an avid ultra-runner. In 2007 he completed the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run across the Sierra Nevada in 27 hours. He repeated the feat again in 2010, this time finishing in 23 hours to earn the race’s coveted Silver Buckle.
Jose and his wife Trish live in Connecticut and have one son studying Machine Learning at Stanford University.