Bio

Carlos R. Colon is a Brooklyn, New York native whose diverse professional background is comprised of software development, design, entertainment, and marketing. Carlos completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. At the University of Rochester, he held many professional development roles including Editor in Chief and Creative Director of the Messenger, a cultural publication and sound engineer/DJ. After graduating, Carlos took on a freelance opportunity with The Connection Magazine, start-up music, fashion and cultural publication geared towards the Reggaeton genre. He started as a graphic design but eventually became Creative director and Editor in Chief. After producing 5 issues, he decided to move on to a bigger Creative Director opportunity with one of NYC biggest event promoter and urban marketing guru, John “Gungie” Rivera at Victory 2 Multimedia. Carlos was also a member Society of Professional Engineers NYC professional Chapter, a non-profit professional organization that promotes Hispanic leadership in Corporate America where he held the Creative Director VP role for two years. While working with John, Carlos acquired skills in urban marketing and branding. He utilized his background in Computer Science to develop custom web applications that enhanced Victory 2’s productivity. In addition, he designed branding and identity campaigns for major events at venues such as the Madison Square Garden, the Las Vegas Hilton, Jones Beach and Lincoln Center. His work has been showcased on newspapers, subway billboards, flyers, and websites.  After working with John for almost 3 years, he decided to pursue a software development opportunity at MindSpark owned by fortune 500 company IAC, which was also owned popular brands such as Ticket Master, Home Shopping Network (HSN), Match, ASK and among others.  By adding his expertise and past experiences he continues to bring considerable value to his team. In 2010 Carlos decided to kick off X-Interactive Media, a startup company that specializes in developing custom applications. Ultimately, his long term goal is to work on this endeavor on a full time basis.


Statement

I got the pleasure of meeting Cristian when I was working with Gungie and from the first few seconds of hanging out with him, I knew he was in a league of his own. Cristian was so advanced I called him a Little Einstein. He knew what he wanted and was determined to get it. This is a great quality that even some adults fail to acquire in a lifetime. Cristian’s smile would light up any room; in fact, he made such an impact in my life that I told my wife Joanne if we ever had a boy we would name him Cristian. Even though Cristian is not physically with us, his spirit continues to make us smile and inspires us to accomplish great things. I had the opportunity to design and develop the original Cristian Rivera site and helped develop the foundation site. I am very pleased to become an integral part of the Cristian Rivera Foundation and look forward to putting forth my part in finding a cure for Pontine Glioma. Full Steam Ahead!