Juan Diego Calle
Juan Diego Calle, a serial entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of .CO Internet S.A.S, the company that runs the .CO top level domain. Under Juan's leadership, .CO was launched internationally in July of 2010, and has quickly become one of the most successful domain extensions in history, with more than 1 million domain names registered by people and companies in 200 countries worldwide.
Attracting the attention of major brands, small businesses and startups alike – hundreds of thousands of individuals and businesses are building or extending their online presence on the .CO platform – including companies like Angel List (Angel.CO); Twitter (using T.CO as its official URL shortener); Google (recently launched G.CO as its official shortcut for all Google products and services); and 500 Startups (500.CO).
At the age of 20, Juan co-founded TeRespondo.com, the largest pay-per-click network in Latin America. The company operated in USA, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, prior to being acquired by Yahoo, Inc. in 2005. Subsequently, Juan founded FederatedTravel.com, a large, global network of premium travel websites, including popular destination sites like ParisHotels.com, NewYorkHotels.com and LondonHotels.com, among others.
Some notable and other not so notable achievements:
-An increasingly competent first-time Dad (2010 - ongoing)
-Entrepreneur of the Year (2011, South Florida Business Journal)
-Technology Executive of the Year (2011, Miami Chamber of Commerce)
-Barely finished the Escape to Miami Olympic Triathlon (2010)
- in various ventures through STRAAT (2005 - ongoing)
-Graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner-President Management Program (2005 - 2007)
-Unsuccessfully studied Industrial Engineering / Finance at the University of Miami (2000 - dropped out)