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Manolo Almagro, Technology Futurist

Manolo Almagro, Managing Partner of Q Division, is our seventh guest of Humanizing Software, where we explore the concept of software and its relationship to humans. Manolo has over 25 years of experience in retail technology. At Q Division, a transformative tech consultancy, Manolo is responsible for a global team of business management consultants, digital commerce, and transformative tech experts who help companies choose the best strategies, find the right technology, and accelerate digital transformation. He also co-hosts the company’s podcast, Q’s Tech Talks, focusing on emerging tech, digital acceleration, and consumer trends.

International Technologist

Manolo is a sought-after Filipino-American tech leader with an international reach. He has lived and worked all around the world, most notably: Manila, Barcelona, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Maryland, Dallas, and Austin!  

With so many different work experiences across the world, naturally, his insights offer a unique and well-informed perspective. Manolo’s views are highly valued in the industry, that’s why he is continually invited as an industry speaker and commentator for global trade events such as CES, NRF, Aviation World, Infocomm, Euroshop, DSE, and the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles and Barcelona.

Manolo’s expertise is in digital marketing, big tech, e-commerce, digital commerce, and digital strategy.

One of the earliest ventures in his career started with Clockface & Creole Communications, a technology startup he founded. With a team of 6 people, he developed business models and sold strategy and strategic partnerships to print houses and large publications.

From this experience, he catapulted into a diverse digital career working in a multitude of executive positions at Mobile World Capital Barcelona, National Retail Federation, TPN, Jollibee Foods Corporation, Globe Wireless, Zenith Optimedia, Show+Tell, MarketForward A Publicis Company, Frankel & Company, and Schawk Inc.

Among his technical achievements, Manolo is a named inventor on retail software patent US #6038545.

Continued Contribution

Currently, Manolo is involved with a couple of organizations in the tech industry as an advisor and mentor. In particular, he offers his experience as a mentor at REVTECH Accelerator, an organization aimed at making the technology evolution of restaurants based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area easier. Manolo is also an Industry Advisor of Commerce for Open Voice Network (OVN), a group committed to making the standards of voice assistant warrant user trust. Since 2015 he has participated on the advisory board in the Agency Practice department at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE), the largest trade show showcasing innovative digital display and interactive technology services for employee and customer communication.

Manolo was recognized in 2017 by Infocomm/AVIXA as an inaugural Emerging Trend Fellow for Digital Signage.

By engaging with the latest digital innovation and thinking about how people can move forward into the future with optimized technology, Manolo is the prime example of our “people first” mission. We enjoyed our conversation by learning more about Manolo’s ideas.

Catch the October 12 Livecast episode with guest Manolo Almagro and host Andrew Tull on their lively conversation about human-driven technology on Humanizing Software!  

Watch Humanizing Software Ep. 7 with Manolo Almagro!

Meet the Author

Anahit Poturyan is a writer, art educator, and digital marketer based in LA with a strong focus on technology, research, history, and culture. She received her B.A. in English Literature and an Art History minor from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an M.A. in Aesthetics and Politics from the California Institute of Art (CalArts). She has worked at the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice, Italy; the 58th Venice Biennale, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Hammer Museum, Artbook @Hauser & Wirth, and Otis College of Art and Design. She has lectured at numerous conferences across the world, such as the Nordic Summer University in Faro, Sweden, and the Western University of Australia, Perth, Australia. Her writings have appeared in the LA Review of Books, MediaTech Ventures, Whitehot Magazine, among others.

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