“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” Albert Einstein
Aurora Chisté, a proud immigrant but a perennial vagabond, is a native Italian currently based in San Francisco. In Silicon Valley, Aurora has pursued her passion for entrepreneurship, education and growth: devoting herself first to the startup world as an active entrepreneur, advisor, mentor, and in her current capacity as CEO and Co-Founder of Hack for Big Choices. Aurora also acts as innovation strategist to various companies, helping them to define new innovative strategies that help them to optimize their assets and improve their growth. Photography is her favorite tool to observe the world and tell stories that help us see a different reality because she believes that what we can see and imagine in our minds can also be projected into the world around us. Her work includes I’m a Woman project.
Hack for Big Choices is a global movement using the power of entrepreneurship to tackle the issues that stifle and block a country’s development. Hack for Big Choices empowers talented people to solve local problems by helping them to develop innovative products and launch new businesses. Hack for Big Choices also works alongside government entities and the private sector to build strong partnerships that can provide resources to these talented people.
Aurora Chisté is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, CEO of Hack For Big Choices. She’s a proud immigrant based in San Francisco, but she spends most of her time traveling the world to develop new business opportunities across communities to discover new technological innovations that create meaningful impact on people’s lives. Aurora also acts as innovation strategist to various companies. She uses photography as a tool to observe the world and tell stories that help us see a different reality because she believes that what we can see and imagine in our minds can also be projected into the world around us. She’s has been recently profiled in the book “The Silicon Valley Mindset“.
During her travels, Aurora has been struck by the visible underutilization of our potential as human beings due to the way we currently live. She has grown up in a world where the advent of the internet has brought unprecedented change. Yet, humankind has created progress it has not fully adapted to. This is where she sees a huge opportunity to make a substantial difference.
While pursuing her passion for entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley the past 7 years, Aurora has observed how remarkable innovations get created to only serve a subset of society, namely those citizens in positions of privilege. Even though access to information and technology has been democratized and the entry barrier lowered, the innovation divide is still vast. Innovation is not only about having access to technology, it is also about how we adopt and use it in a sustainable way that can address the issues of local communities. Aurora believes this is the missing part of the cycle to fully unleash technological potential in order to create a better standard of living for everyone. Her work as business developer has always been characterized by her commitment to create a cultural shift of innovation that promotes inclusion, equality, sustainability, and good policy around the sciences.
In 2013, Aurora co-founded Hack for Big Choices, a global movement using the power of entrepreneurship to tackle the issues that stifle and block a country’s development. Hack for Big Choices empowers talented people to solve local problems by helping them to develop innovative products and launch new businesses. Hack for Big Choices also works alongside government entities and the private sector to build strong partnerships that can provide resources to these talented people.
As CEO she is leading Hack for Big Choices with the clear vision of bridging the Global Innovation Divide. Aurora wants to positively impact communities, facilitate opportunities for local peoples, and empower communities towards solving key issues that block their economies from providing better standards of living. All of this can be done by negotiating across foreign cultures with a fluid and nimble mindset, along with a willingness to learn and integrate into a cultural context in order to communicate agendas and build strong business partnerships. Sustainable businesses that raise global standards of living are possible if we envision them together.
In February, 2015, she organized the largest hackathon ever to be held on the continent of Africa. It was an unprecedented event and has set the stage for the rapid expansion of Hack For Big Choices in Africa and across the globe.
Prior to Hack For Big Choices, Aurora worked with Beintoo (Winner LeWeb 11′) creating a successful loyalty program for apps and websites. She helped Beintoo scale to over 350 million users, convinced independent developers and companies to adopt Beintoo’s loyalty program for user engagement and monetization, and created partnerships with startups and fortune 500 companies.
Aurora’s photography includes “I’m a Woman” project, inspired by the need to break down obsolete parameters of how society sees women, and a special collection, “Entrepreneurs Underwater”, inspired by the absence of gravity underwater that makes our bodies free to move in any direction and explore new limits like entrepreneurs do.
“I’m a Woman” is an ongoing collection, created over the last 10 years, that captures all the possible multi-dimensions of women, with the intent of providing a more complete definition of who we are.
As innovation strategist, she is focused on helping corporations to innovate by working side by side with startups, identify new models that make companies more agile and open to change, match them with opportunities and partners worldwide, and building communities. While with startups, she specializes in growth hacking, connecting them with potential partners and investors, and strategy on how to launch new products.