Luis is a Manila-based a software architect and entrepreneur specializing in cryptocurrencies, and has been focusing on the Bitcoin remittance space since 2014.
Luis has been building tech startups in the Philippines for nearly a decade.
Early in his career he built web applications for Ayala Land International Sales, Asian Eye Institute, Red Ribbon, National Bookstore, and the SM Group of Companies. He was previously a cofounder at syndeolabs, and is the creator of several shiny social apps — (featured on TechCrunch and DownloadSquad), (featured on MakeUseOf, Google Blogoscoped, Mashup Awards and Killer Startups), and a whole bunch of others, such as a web startup called
He was a Co Founder at and Head of Product at Satoshi Citadel Industries. He popularized the term “rebittance”​ to describe the Bitcoin-to-cash solution that many similar young businesses around the world are currently offering.
With his startup Bloom, Luis helps money transfer businesses improve their processes with Bitcoin and the blockchain and focuses mainly on bringing blockchain technology to small and medium-sized money transmitters around the world.
As an avid blogger his writing on Bitcoin and its impact on remittances and mobile money has been featured on Techcrunch, Quartz, The Next Web, Tech in Asia, and Rappler.
Luis is a great speaker too and has presented on these topics at Inside Bitcoins Singapore, the International Money Transfer Conference (IMTC) in Las Vegas and Miami, the MTBIT Innovation Forum, BlockFin Vietnam, and the Brookings Blum Roundtable in Aspen. He is now the Co-Chair of the Judging Panel in the RemTECH Awards, bringing innovation in the remittance industry.
Now he has authored Reinventing Remittances with Bitcoin in 2017, which collects learnings about an improved remittance business process, as well as stories about the many startups around the world that are pioneering this new landscape.
He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Visual Communication (2002) and the University of the Philippines Integrated School (1997). Luis enjoys indie rock, criticizing bad movies and dreams about changing the world.