On October 2013, Hector Rodriguez and Maria Luna were hiking in beautiful Southern Utah. At the end of their nature walk, they found themselves in a common daily predicament, they did not have cash in the pocket to tip, honor and thank their hiking guide. Then, BRAVO was born; they came up with a simple idea to get paid and to find a person, tap a button and pay.
Bravo Tip or Pay is changing the mobile payment industry by replacing complexity with simplicity; there is no need for swiping devices, no need to claim and transfer your money and no need to share your personal information to pay (send) or get paid (receive money). Bravo vet users and allows creation of a free merchant account in less than 3 minutes; then, it uses a patent pending technology to privately connect users in the back end without exchanging their information.
Bravo started as a gratuity app in Arizona but has expanded into other U.S. cities and verticals and is available nationwide. Bravo is the “new thing” to empower every human to pay and get paid; it represents a new socially conscious technology to earn money and make a living!
Bravo is an international (no translation needed) shout of approval for a job well done!
Maria Luna, CEO & Co-Founder
MBA from McCombs Business School (UT, Austin) and over 22 years of experience in brand management and new product launches. She has worked for Nabisco in Mexico City, Abbott Pharmaceuticals where she launched in Puerto Rico, Humira, the fastest growing anti-TNF therapy, Bristol Myers Squibb where she directed Marketing for Plavix, the then #1 drug in the local market and later did Business Development for Mayo Clinic before starting her own strategic marketing consulting business, Parla, LLC and now the startup Bravo, LLC.
Dr. Hector Rodriguez-Luna, COO & Co-Founder
Dr. Hector Rodriguez-Luna is an enthusiastic and innovative entrepreneur with more than 10 years of successful business ownership. He co-founded four profitable business enterprises, including the second largest privately own gastroenterology group merger in Arizona, where he currently serves as a vice president. With a keen eye for ideas and simple solutions influenced by his “physician problem solving” approach, Hector co-founded Bravo Tip or Pay, the first GPS payment gateway to capture loss of revenue when consumers have no cash for gratuities or payments. He developed Bravo while working as a full-time physician recognized by his patients, peers and the Phoenix-Magazine as a Top Doctor in 2013-2015. In 2015, Hector was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal with the AZ Top Tech Executive Award. Hector has proven leadership and good business acumen with strength in the ability to identify talent, create good working teams and execution of ideas into real concepts. When not learning code, Hector enjoys research, teaching and helping his patients. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.
Marcel Valenta, Legal Counsel
Advises entrepreneurs, private equity sponsors and businesses of diverse industries in full range corporate governance and transactional needs. He has spent a portion of his career as counsel to Hewlett-Packard's Industry Std Server and Software Business and was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto (CA) where he specialized in M&A, VC funding and corporate representation. He serves as General Counsel to the ASU Foundation. A side note, Marcel is an avid competitive tennis Pro willing and waiting for a match!