Ray Garcia

Managing Director

Buoyant Capital

Tech Entrepreneur

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Ray Garcia is the managing director of Buoyant Capital, a global peer advisory think tank addressing the growth challenges of small to medium sized enterprises. The firm coordinates its team of experts to help its clients improve competitiveness through talent management, global market expansion partnership access, technology asset management, capital investment and restructuring. Buoyant Capital was founded in 2000 in New York City and has helped launch several start-up companies and works as an advisory to company founders, CEO's, and their investors. Ray has over 20 years of experience as a technology entrepreneur, as company CTO co-founder, for four venture-backed companies. Earlier in his career, he worked as an executive for major banks including, Citicorp, Republic National Bank (now HSBC), Bank of America, and as a technology consultant to several large US multi-national corporations. In 2008, he was elected to serve as an executive in resident at MIT Media Lab. Since 2010 he serves on the advisory board of Baruch College Field Center for Entrepreneurship. From 2011 to 2014, he taught an accelerated course in entrepreneurship at the University of Pisa, Italy, School of Economics, to PhD candidates and International MBA executives with a focus on innovation, technology transfer and venture spin-offs. In 2015 he is serving as a business expert to EU Commission Horizon 2020 SME innovation instrument where he will evaluate commercialization grant proposals of technology ventures.


Venture Growth Advisor

Buoyant Capital
January 2000 - present

Entrepreneurship Lecturer and Curriculum Coordinator

University of Pisa
April 2011 - May 2014

Executive in Residence

MIT Media Lab
August 2008 - September 2009

Research Advisor

University of Arizona
October 2005 - March 2009


SMART System Technologies
May 2002 - September 2005


Clearcross Inc. (now Kewill Intl.)
January 1997 - January 2000

VP Technology

January 1996 - January 1997

VP Technology

Republic National Bank (now HSBC)
January 1994 - January 1996

Director of R&D

Syntra Technologies Inc (became Clearcross Inc)
January 1992 - January 1994

Technology Consultant

Sybase Inc.
January 1991 - January 1992

Director of Information Systems

Restaurant Associates (now a division of Compass Group)
January 1986 - January 1991


Baruch College
June 1988 - September 1989


City University of New York, City College

1981 - 1985





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Do greater blocks of european vacation time create opportunities for european entrepreneurs to conduct R&D for themselves (for new ventures) while working with their existing employers?

American tends to think of the Europeans as having vast amounts of vacation time from their employers. If true, do greater blocks of european vacation time create opportunities for european entrepreneurs to conduct R&D for themselves (for new ventures) while working with their existing employers? 
1/6/2017 11:41:58 AM,
Ray Garcia replied:
It potential could but I have not found that this is the case at all.  It has to do with the cultural priorities where down-time with family is taken very seriously and is sacred therefore when on holiday people completely turn-off.   This is a generality so it is possible to find examples where this is not the case, a young person who is not in a committed relationship and is living away from their immediate family.  For example, if someone decides to move to Berlin from another city and they work for a company but they have a focus to be there to create a business themselves.  These are the exception, not the rule.

The broader question is one of whether a social safety net, regulated labor conditions, can foster entrepreneurial activity when the circumstances leave time to work on goals that are beyond the primary employment.  I have observed that this seems to be the case in some countries but it is more a function of adversity versus opportunity.  Adversity is a strong motivator, often much more than opportunity.