Lorenzo Gomez III has served as CEO of Geekdom, Texas’ largest coworking space, and is cofounder of The 80/20 Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to investing in the future of San Antonio.
Despite having little college experience, he used valuable lessons from his entry-level jobs to catapult himself into high-impact positions. At the managed-cloud provider, Rackspace, he worked closely with co-founder Graham Weston.
Prior to 2017, Lorenzo was tasked with converting a dying downtown sector into an attractive tech district. He recruited startups, evaluated competitive coworking spaces, convinced civic and government leaders to support tech companies considering relocation and asked academic institutions to supply talent. The goal of this work was to establish and develop a tech district in the heart of San Antonio, one that did not exist yet.
Lorenzo’s driving passion is his love for his city, San Antonio, Texas. It is truly a city on the rise. His goal is to enable others to see the vision and help advance the seventh largest city in the United States into a world-class center for startups, especially in the tech industry.
Toward that end, Lorenzo collaborates with a network of professionals to fortify growth of the tech district in downtown San Antonio. He is a cofounder of Techbloc and serves as board member, advisor, and mentor for a variety of local and national tech and entrepreneurial endeavors.
Lorenzo has helped convert a dormant section of downtown San Antonio into a new, thriving entrepreneurial hub, populated with hundreds of small businesses, tech groups, prominent accelerators and non-traditional educational organizations.
Geekdom is a new kind of collaborative coworking space, where entrepreneurs, technologists, makers, and creatives help each other build together.
The 8020 Foundation strives to transform San Antonio by issuing grants to public charities in three strategic areas. To find out more, request a meeting with CEO, Alex Frey.
Techbloc is changing SA economic landscape with a tech ecosystem that’s producing new jobs and generating millions in economic impact.
Lorenzo is an engaging public speaker, especially on the subject of the viability of downtown San Antonio’s tech district, helping to reframe assumptions about San Antonio as an entrepreneurial hub made by civic and government leaders, investors, accelerators, and entrepreneurial organizations.
Lorenzo has a driving passion for national and international tech communities, incubators and coworking spaces. He speaks to their thriving cultures and communities, while, at the same time, sharing best practices he learned while growing Geekdom from an abandoned building in the heart of San Antonio to one of the largest coworking/incubator sites in the country.
You don’t need an MBA to get ahead in business. You don’t even need a college degree. All you need is intelligence, drive, creativity, courage and The Cilantro Diaries.
Lorenzo went from the stockroom of a grocery store to the boardrooms of two private companies without a formal higher education. In his inspiring and humorous true story of hope and accomplishment, he shares the steps he took up the ladder and the guiding principles that got him to the top.
The direction and motivation Lorenzo provides in The Cilantro Diaries will help you find a mentor, build a network, establish a reputation, rise above the competition, and move far beyond entry-level jobs into a profitable and satisfying professional career.
Even if you don’t have the interest or the means for pursuing a university education, you can be a success. Lorenzo did it – now you can, too.