Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Author and venture capitalist.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2023. 


Introduced the Pope to Twitter.


Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.


Diaz-Ortiz’s thought leadership has included books such as One Minute Mentoring (co-authored with Ken Blanchard), Twitter for Good, and Design Your Day. Her research explores the meaning, importance, and impact of digital innovation in business today, highlighting key organizational practices and strategies that some of the most extraordinary leaders are using, and exploring the link between dreaming an innovative reality and creating it. As a venture capitalist and angel investor, Diaz-Ortiz helps early-stage startups and founders by clarifying their innovation, implementing their idea with intentional messages, and building and amplifying a movement around it. 


Diaz-Ortiz has made 50+ investments in early stage startups, mostly in Latin America and the US. Most recently she was a partner at Magma Partners, where she started Brava, the first initiative of its kind to invest in women founders across Latin America. Diaz-Ortiz holds an MBA from Oxford University, where she was a Skoll Foundation Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship, and a BA and MA in anthropology and history from Stanford University. As one of the digital world’s earliest social justice activists, Diaz-Ortiz used Twitter to build awareness for AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa, leading to the founding of Hope Runs, a small nonprofit organization in Kenya that operated from 2006-2019.


Social Media Success for Every Brand (HarperCollins, 2019); One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work with a Mentor – and How You’ll Benefit from Being One (with Ken Blanchard, William Morrow, 2017); Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, and Live Life on Purpose (Moody Publishers, 2016); The Better Life: Small Things You Can Do Right Where You Are (Moody Publishers, 2015); Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption (Revell, 2014); Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time (Jossey-Bass, 2011). 


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“Pushing the boundaries of digital innovation to build and enhance movements for social impact.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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