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We Have Latinos To Thank For Some Of America’s Biggest And Strongest Businesses

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Latinos may have given us Hot Cheetos and Zumba Fitness but there are so many more companies, products, and businesses that were created and influenced by Latinos as well.

In fact, a lot of successful American brands and products you love and use on a daily basis were in fact founded by Latinos. From beauty products, clothing brands, and Fortune 100 companies, the influence of Latino’s is endless.

According to a report from Fortune, 73 percent of senior executives in Fortune 500 companies are white. “The rest are 21 percent Asian, 3 percent Latino/a, 2 percent Black, 0.6 percent two or more races, 0.2 percent Native American and 0.1 percent Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.”

While there’s still a long way to go in regards to the Latino community earning as much money as their white counterparts and holding positions of power within a company, we’ve rounded up 10 Latinos that have paved the way for future generations to thrive.

Check out these 9 companies and brands you didn’t know were influenced by Latinos.

1. Facebook

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CREDIT: Photographer: Nicky Loh for Bloomberg.com, December 6, 2017

Yes, you’re reading that right – Facebook was co-founded by a Latino.

Brazilian born entrepreneur and investor, Eduardo Luiz Saverin is one of the co-founders of Facebook and as of this year, he owns 53 million Facebook shares. According to Forbes, he has a net worth of $11.1 billion.

Currently, Saverin lives in Singapore after moving there to become a venture capitalist. He renounced his U.S. citizenship which might have been in part because he wanted to avoid paying taxes.

It’s also been reported that he had gotten into disputes with Mark Zuckerberg over shares of the Facebook company, according to Bloomberg.

All in all, however, we have the successful 36-year-old to thank for bringing us one of the most popular companies and social media networks.

2. Hot Cheetos

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Of course, this is by far the best invention in the history of the humankind.

Without further ado, the mastermind behind the iconic red bag that has us lickin’ our fingers clean is Richard Montañez. You’ve probably heard this story before, but if you haven’t, here’s a little refresher: he worked as a janitor at a Frito-Lay plant for years before becoming the Executive Vice President of Multicultural Sales and Community Activation for PepsiCo.

Now, Montañez might finally be able to tell his story on the big screen. We can’t wait to sneak Hot Cheetos into that theatre.

3. Instagram

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Thirty two-year-old, Mike Krieger is a Brazilian entrepreneur and software engineer who co-founded Instagram along with 34-year-old Kevin Systrom.

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Kriger moved to California in 2004 and attended Stanford University. That’s where he met Systrom as well. Six years later, the two co-founded one of the fastest-growing mobile apps.

According to Industry Leaders Magazine, within two years of Instagram’s launch, the social media platform was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012.

Now, Instagram is currently valued at $50 billion.

4. Zumba Fitness

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The Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Pérez created the fitness program Zumba in the 1990s. If you’ve never taken a class, you’ve probably heard of someone who’s done Zumba.

The aerobic and dance exercise is accompanied by music from various genres such as hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, tango, flamenco, merengue, and mambo.

Zumba is a high-energy, fun, and kick-ass workout that involves martial arts moves, squats, lunges and other aerobic techniques.

So if you ever want to get some cardio in or simply polish up your dance moves, make sure to book a class ASAP.

5. Shazam

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From 2010 to 2013, Mexican businessman Carlos Slim was ranked the richest person in the world by Forbes.

Slim is a Mexican business tycoon, engineer, investor and philanthropist. The 78-year-old has derived most of his fortune from his holdings and control in various Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso.

Mexico, however, isn’t where his influence begins or ends.

In July 2013, he invested $40 million in Shazam – the music recognition app – for an undisclosed share.

As of June of this year, Slim has been ranked the seventh-richest person in the world, according to Forbes.

6. Budweiser

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Ever heard of Anheuser-Busch InBev? It is one of the world’s largest beverage and brewing companies.

If you’ve ever popped open a cold Budweiser, Corona, or Stella Artois then Anheuser-Busch InBev is where these beverages come from.

Anheuser-Busch InBev is based in Belgium but also has locations in São Paulo, New York City, London, Mexico City, and more.

Aside from brewing beverages that are popular in Latino households, one of AB InBev’s investors is Brazilian. Marcel Hermann Telles is a board member of the company and increased their equity by one billion dollars, according to Forbes.

7. Heinz

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Born in Brazil, Carlos “Beto” Sicupira is a businessman and a partner in 3G Capital.

Most of his wealth, however, comes from his shares in Anheuser-Busch InBev – the world’s largest brewer – where he owns about 3 percent of stakes.

As a partner of 3G Capital, he also owns and has major stakes in companies and brands like Burger King, H.J. Heinz Company and Lojas Americanas.

8. New York Times

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It’s no surprise that one of the richest men in the world, Carlos Slim, would make this list twice. It’s clear that his influence and mark in successful American brands and companies will continue to be.

The 78-year-old owns stakes in Mexican construction, mining, and real estate companies, and he also owns 17 percent of The New York Times. Mexico’s richest man acquired shares to The New York Times in 2015 and became the largest shareholder of the paper.

As of April of this year, Slim started to sell his New York Times stock and shares which lowered his stake in the company to about 15 percent. That’s still about 24 million in shares. Not too shabby.

9. Amazon

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Amazon’s chief Jeff Bezos’s net worth is $149.3 billion.

He was also the first person to top $100 billion as number one on the Forbes list of World’s Billionaires.

You might be wondering why he’s on this list since Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in Houston, Texas. He was raised by Cuban engineer Miguel Bezos who arrived in Miami in 1962.

Jeff Bezos’s mother remarried Miguel Bezos after divorcing his biological father. Together, they raised the richest person in the world.


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Latinas Are Sharing Their Best Interview Tips For Those Of Us Ready To Be A Jefa

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Latinas Are Sharing Their Best Interview Tips For Those Of Us Ready To Be A Jefa

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There are few things as nerve-wracking as interviewing for a new job. The job hunt can be really stressful and the uncertainty of it can make the process even more difficult. However, we can’t deny how invigorating it feels when you get that job you’ve been aiming for. With this in mind, we wanted to gather some of the best interview advice our readers had so they can help their fellow Latinas get those jobs and start getting that bread. 

Here’s what they had to say about the interview process.  

 1. A thank you goes a long way. 

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“One day I interviewed 15 young ladies, 1 Latina on her way out handed me a thank you card!!!!! Never have I seen that. The card just hand written “thank you for taking the time to interview me“ her full name and number! I was impressed!” — @luciernaga825

2. Do a little research of your own.

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“Look up the company’s website and do your research! Believe it or not, a lot of people don’t do this before an interview. Get to know their history, products, etc. It helps in so many ways.” — @saidagua

3. Great advice from an HR expert. 

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“HR here- have someone knowledgeable of the company. Ask questions such as what does the training consist of? Other than the job requirements? What does the department manager look for in a candidate? What are the primary/daily tasks of the position? Why is there a vacancy? Who provides support to your position? Be confident, but not fake. Interviewers, believe it or not, can sense the BS from the get-go. Dress well and professional. Even if you are going to interview for a fast-food job or a cashier position, put on your best. It reflects well.” — @natadlcz

4. Confidence is the key.

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“Confidence but not overly confident – Bring a copy of your resume on resume paper- smile- short and concise answers – ask questions – arrive 15 mins early.” — @makeup_duchess

5. Don’t overlook the receptionist. 

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“Be nice to the receptionist! We always compare notes after the interviews to see if we got the same vibe.” — @gabyseeeta

6. You can never be too prepared. 

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“Come PREPARED! That means researching the place you’re interviewing at! Bring copies of your resume and carry a padfolio! Also, dress the part! Buy a suit if possible. There are always sales at outlet stores. And also PRACTICE! It’s obvious when someone hasn’t practiced before the interview. Visit the career center at your school if you’re in college, or look up YouTube videos. Practice with a friend or in the mirror! You can never be over-prepared!” — @getitgens

7. A whole treasure trove of advice. 

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“HR professional here! Some tips: come prepared with knowledge of the company and the position you applied to. Don’t be negative about previous bosses or workplaces (this happens so often and it’s usually when you get too comfortable in interviews). We are analyzing your answers, tone and body language. Be conscious of this the entire time! Come prepared with questions relevant to the role/company (I suggest writing them down the night before and bringing them with you) but don’t just google what questions to ask. Really think about what you’d want to know and how the job will impact you/your growth/quality of life. Being well-groomed is a no brainer – always dress professionally! Lastly, start looking up common interview questions online (I like the website The Muse for career advice) and start thinking about how you’d answer them by recalling different scenarios you’ve been in such as a disagreement with a coworker, a difficult project, a challenging boss, etc. Most importantly, be yourself!” — @danielaotto

8. Personal grooming makes an impact.

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“This might sound shallow but NAILS !!! 💅🏼Coming in with cracked nail polish or dirty fingernails tells a lot about how you carry yourself :/ I’ve personally been pushed in another direction when I’ve seen this and I’ve even seen others disqualify candidates due to this. They don’t need to be French tip acrylics but at least cut and clean!” — @marlenahhh

9. How will you contribute to the team? 

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“When I conduct interviews I like to use the behavioral method style, I ask questions that lets me in on the person you are & how you handle situations. Make sure you have questions to ask & how you will contribute to the team/ company, but most importantly why we should hire you, what is it about you! Relax, be yourself & good luck to all my hermanas out there!💗” — @ra_nay

10. Follow up with your thanks. 

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“Always, always, always send a post-interview thank you email!” — @cruzzie02

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A Woman In Mexico City Attacked Someone’s Car With A Metal Pole So Now She Is Lady Piñata And That’s Fair

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A Woman In Mexico City Attacked Someone’s Car With A Metal Pole So Now She Is Lady Piñata And That’s Fair

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There’s not much joy that we get on social media these days. It’s all devastating news from every direction. We do, however, enjoy when social media comes to bat for those who have been wronged in some way. “Twitter do your thing,” is the best way, if not the only way, to get people’s attention and call out terrible people doing horrific things. This simple call out on social media allows the world to see cruelty at its worst and hopefully make them responsible for their vile actions. That’s what’s happening in Mexico City following some horrible road rage.

A video on social media went viral in Mexico showing a woman assaulting another woman in a car with a stick. 

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The assaulter got out of her car and hit the victim’s windshield, her car door, and anywhere else she could reach with her stick. It clearly looked like some kind of road rage incident, but the victim who recorded the entire thing took to social media to express what happened. 

The victim is Viviana Garcia, and she expressed on Instagram that she got into a minor accident with the car in front of her, which is when the woman came out and began hitting her. The accident took place in Tlalpan Centro, in Mexico City and at first, she said, that everything seemed to be under control because police were already at the scene of the accident. 

Both parties were in the process of exchanging insurance information. In Mexico, representatives from the insurance company come to the scene of the accident and take documents of what happened themselves. 

Garcia said that her insurance representative was taking a long time to arrive. When they finally do, they informed her that they do not cover that damage. They told her she had to withdrawal $6000 (in pesos). She said once the officers left, and after her driver arrived for support since she’s a minor, a woman in the car began to record her and told her: “you’re going to remember me.” 

A video from the perspective of the assaulter’s family has also been released, and now we’re getting a clearer picture of why they were upset with her.

While they are recording Garcia, you can see the young women is scrolling on her phone on Instagram while she waits for the insurance respective. She was clearly behaving immaturely, but that is no reason to beat anyone up. Violence should be avoided at all costs. 

Garcia said their video proves they were threatening her from the very beginning. Garcia insists that the video shows she was not at fault and was simply waiting for the next step of resolving the accident. They claim, according to Garcia, that they accused her of being on the phone when the accident took place. 

The woman in the car comes out and points a gun at her driver, and that’s when the other woman came out to hit her with a metal stick.

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Garcia said that glass from the windshield hit her face and that she was also hit on her cheekbone. She ended her post by saying, “Please help me spread this, it is not possible that these kinds of things are happening in our environment, help me find them.” 

Social media did more than just investigate who this woman was. They tagged her Lady Piñata

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The entire video exposes that the assaulter was in the passenger seat in the back and was riding with her sister and parents. 

“Whose fault is it?” a person on Twitter asked. “The daughter who is a crazy and hysterical or the parents who look happily at their crazy and hysterical ‘doll'”?

People were able to find out who the woman was and it’s reportedly 35-year-old Erika Vanessa López García. The car she was in is registered under her parents Heriberto Lopez Buendia and María Elena Garcia Rico.

The incident is under investigation, but we have a feeling this sordid mess is far from over. Until then we’ll always have Lady Piñata. 

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Garcia thanked all of her followers for their help in locating her assaulter. And just think, what could have been solved with 6000 pesos (around $300) is now going to cause this deranged family a whole lot of money. Whatever they end up paying Garcia, their shame on social media will live on forever.

Watch the full video of the attack below!

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Hola, esto sucedió el día de hoy. Tuve un accidente automovilístico de un choque muy pequeño con una camioneta azul placas MYD-94-00 todo parecía estar bajo control ya que una patrulla estuvo al tanto de el accidente… llega el momento de los seguros de los autos. Los de la camioneta hablan a su seguro y solo están en espera a que el mío llegue…pasa el tiempo y el mío tarda en llegar, al fin llega y por cuestiones de tiempo mi seguro no cubre el daño y este se retira…siguiente a que tenemos que pagar 6000 en efectivo para poder retirarnos. Los oficiales se retiran y mi seguro igual. Solo quedamos mi chofer ( que llegó a los 20 min de mi accidente para brindarme apoyo ya que soy menor de edad), los de la camioneta (un señor de edad adulta, una señora de edad adulta y una joven de al rededor unos 20 años), el seguro de la camioneta de los señores y yo. La chica comienza a grabarme y a decirme que de ella me iba a acordar con junto a la señora de edad mayor agrediéndome a insultos…regresan a la camioneta y la señora de edad adulta apunta con la pistola a mi chofer advirtiéndole que no haga ningún movimiento y la otra chica baja con un bate metálico a golpear mi vehículo, al momento al que yo volteo a ver lo que la chica estaba haciéndole a mi vehículo los cristales entran a mis ojos y se clavan en mi pecho y cara, también recibí un golpe en el pómulo con en bate y ellos huyen conjunto al señor que atendía al seguro de su camioneta. Por favor ayúdenme a difundir esto, no es posible que este tipo de cosas estén sucediendo en nuestro entorno, ayúdenme a encontrarlos. Gracias a dios estoy siendo atendida por doctores y no pasó a mayores…hoy fuí yo y mañana puedes ser tu.

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