Victor Chapela


San Francisco, California, US

Co-founder & CEO at Suggestic
Victor's Skills
Product Management

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

About Victor

I have cofounded and lead 6 startups and have successfully grown and exited 4 of them. I have also invested in many more.

But most times real accomplishments lack glimmer. One of the unsuccessful companies I led failed as a consequence of the Internet bubble burst (as well as most of my investments at the time). I lost everything and was deep into debt (after being set for life). The most challenging period of my life was the following months where I had to pick myself up and start all over again. I had no option since my second child had been recently born. But even though it was the most difficult thing I have done, it was also the most enlightening. In that year or two that followed, I learned more about life, happiness and humility than in all my previous "successful" life.

After this event I partnered once more with a great group of people and built two more companies Sm4rt Security Services (acquired by Kio Networks) and Sm4rt Predictive Systems (acquired by a consortium of banks). I believe I may have never been able to endure and build these two companies if I had not failed before.

Work Experience

Co-founder & CEO


July 2014 - December 2016