originally published in Caribbean Business 

SAN JUAN – A Puerto Rican entrepreneur who developed one of the highest-rated mobile meal planning platforms will be followed by a venture capital investor shared their experiences with the local community of startups free-of-charge Thursday as part of April’s Startups of Puerto Rico Speaker Series.

The creator of Food on the Table, Manuel Rosso, shared details of how his daily life was the trigger to create his application. His platform, designed to provide a weekly meal plan, was acquired by Scripps Networks Interactive, and has been a success on the Food Network, one of the media company’s brands.

Having earned a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rosso is currently VP of Commerce Platform at Scripps Networks Interactive. Before this, he had devoted 20 years to strategy development, marketing and leadership positions in the food industry and to his passion, technology.

“We are very pleased to welcome for the second consecutive year, Manuel Rosso. Manuel is a local entrepreneur who has succeeded abroad, selling his startup to Scripps Networks Interactive, and is an excellent example and inspiration for local entrepreneurs,” said Sofía Stolberg, founder of Piloto 151 and co-director of the local chapter of Founder Institute, which organizes a series of talks with speakers of international caliber who also serve as mentors to entrepreneurs interested in scaling an idea globally.

On April 14, the speaker series continues with Jason Shuman, analyst at the Corigin Ventures firm. “Shuman is a successful, young entrepreneur who has deciphered the power of the culture of innovation. Prior to his position at Corigin Ventures, he founded Category Five, dedicated to the design and sale of specialized men’s shoes, specifically, boating shoes,” added Manny Morales, who along with Jonathan González co-directs the local chapter of the accelerator.

The Startups of Puerto Rico Speaker Series continues throughout the year and is open to the general public free-of-charge. Besides Founder Institute, it is sponsored by several members of the local startup ecosystem such as the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust; Piloto Labs; the Ferraiuoli law firm, Spanglish Films; and Parallel 18.

For more information or to reserve a space for the speaker series, go to www.piloto151.com.