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Today we got to sit down with my good friend, Oscar Pedroso. In this episode we dive deep into Oscar’s passions to help youth gain access to hands on engineering kits and models. We deeply talk about his approach to life and positive thinking, and we hear about his early life, his struggles, and what it took to get him through the obstacles in his life that were put in his way. We also have some great shout outs to Oscar’s Dad, and other friends of ours in the Valley Venture Mentor crew.
Oscar is founder / CEO of Thimble.io – an education technology business founded in 2015 and based in Buffalo, NY. He hails from New York City and was introduced to Western New York upon his enrollment at the University of Rochester where he graduated with degrees in Math and Economics. He is a first generation college graduate and entrepreneur.
After graduation, Oscar worked in higher-education as a college admission officer at his alma mater; his focus there was recruiting students of color from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue engineering as a possible major and career option. Oscar has since started multiple businesses in the education space – including a private tutoring business, an online project journal tool for student engineers, and now Thimble which helps children learn engineering and coding skills through hands-on kits. Oscars spends his spare time rowing for Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association, taking care of his pitbull (willow) and silver lab (cooper), and helping other entrepreneurs realize their potential. Here are 3 things most don’t know about Oscar:
1) Do not tell him you’re interested in starting your own business. He will make sure you eventually quit your full-time job to realize your dream.
2) He is inspired by various DJs and has created his own mixes. One day he hopes to play his music for large groups of people.
3) He speaks fluent Spanish and French, and is moderately proficient in Russian and Catalan.
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You can contact Oscar at : Oscar@thimble.io