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Joe Maristela III
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Maristela giving a financial technology awareness talk in the province of Tarlac, his grandfather's hometown, Paniqui.
BornJose Ofrecio Maristela III
(1979-09-05) September 5, 1979 (age 44)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Other namesJojo and Joe Maristela
💼 Occupation
Founder, Managing Director, Co-founder, Manila Angel Investors Network (
👩 Spouse(s)Kharen Mamaril Maristela
👶 ChildrenJoseph Mamaril Maristela
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Joe Maristela III (born Jose Ofrecio Maristela III) is a Filipino-American Serial entrepreneur, Angel investor and co-founder of the Manila Angel Investor Network (MAIN). He’s the grandson of late Jose Concepcion Maristela Sr...[1] Maristela also owns CoinTelegraph Philippines, which is an independent publication covering financial technology and news related to it.[2] He is a notable writer on financial technology and a prominent proponent of the benefits of new financial technologies, especially as it relates to greater financial and economic inclusion.[3] Aside from his tenure in the investment industry, Maristela is also a licensed physician in the State of California.[4]

Early Life and Education[edit]

Joe Maristela III was born on September 5, 1979 in San Francisco, California and was raised in Atherton, California. He was born to Ofelia Ofrecio Maristela M.D., a physician and professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and to Jose Co Maristela Jr, an executive of AT&T which was then called Pacific Bell. Joe Maristela has two siblings. His sister, Olivia Maristela Rebanal, is a graduate of Brown University and is a lender at the Capital Impact Partners (a social enterprise).[5] While his brother, Jonathan Ofrecio Maristela, is a chef in Portland, Oregon.

He attended primary school in Menlo Park, La Entrada and finished his secondary education at the Woodside High School (California). He then went on to get a a degree in Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine (University of California, San Francisco - School of Medicine). Maristela also holds a degree in Economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific, a degree in Microeconomics from Santa Clara University, and a degree in Systems Science and Theory from Portland State University.

Financial Technology in the Philippines[edit]

In 2010, Maristela began employing financial technologies across his distinct companies and its subsidiaries as a means to electronic “micro-IOUs” as he called it in realtime[6]. This system allowed his various offices in the network to lend to each other in order to help normalize the ebbs and flows of more dramatic business cycles. While working on perfecting this internal system for micro-IOUs, Maristela came to meet with local startup founders in the Philippines, where many of his outsourcing offices were headquartered. This is when he began supporting and championing in earnest, financial technology (or "fintech") adoption in the Philippines.

Maristela had continued to help develop the fintech community in the Philippines by co-founding the Bitcoin Organization of the Philippines back in 2015[7]. He also mentors organizations regarding Bitcoin and funding here in the Philippines through attending seminars for the Young Entrepreneurs Society back in 2014, and GoNegosyo in 2015[8]

Katalyst. ph and Prominent Angel Investments in the Philippines[edit]

Maristela said that financial technologies present the greatest potential for the Philippines and developing economies in general, which led him to establishing back in 2015. serves as a front-facing office to receive and study opportunities in the Philippines. It also works to deploy funds on behalf of family offices in Hong Kong and the United States.

He points to the accessibility of the technologies, being an open source technology, as being one of the main reasons why financial technologies have great potential to help the economy of the Philippines develop. He also notes that the potential of these technologies can only be realized if the Philippines, especially it’s traditional businessmen will invest in these startups and Blockchain technologies.

His interest in these startup tech companies lead him to become the first investor in some angel investments, such as with Qwikwire[9] and Satoshi Citadel Industries— two prominent financial technology companies in Southeast Asia. In 2015, he invested in $200,000 (USD) in Satoshi Citadel Industries. At the International Rice Bowl Awards in 2016, Maristela was the only private, sole individual investor to be nominated in the category of professional investor. He is also a medical advisor for VSee[10], a prominent Silicon Valley telemedicine startup company.

Contributions through investing[edit]

Maristela has been an active advocate for financial inclusion in the Philippines, especially for those Filipinos with no bank accounts or what he calls the "unbanked" Filipinos[11]. He believes that Bitcoin is an avenue towards social mobility that will help the public elevate their lives. He takes the task of promoting Bitcoin in the Philippines as his personal mission and joins efforts with other organizations that wish to make this goal of promoting financial technology in the Philippines a reality as well. This led him to becoming the first angel investor of Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI) with a $100,100 investment[12].

Through promoting the use of financial technology in the Philippines, Joe Maristela was able to make Rebit [13] corporation, the first Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas licensed virtual currency exchange in the country.

As a licensed physician in California, Maristela was an early member of AngelMD[14], a healthcare investment marketplace connecting a network of medical startups in the world with physicians and investors. He contributed to AngelMD with a notable lecture to its members about Performing a Comprehensive Appraisal of Prospective Investors in Digital Health in July 2016[15]


  1. " founder Joe Maristela supports startups with US$ 1M investment fund". Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  2. "The Philippines Receives Dedicated Cointelegraph News Outlet". Cointelegraph. 2015-07-04. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  3. "Serial entrepreneur backs PH start-ups". The Standard.
  4. "Dr. Joe Maristela, MD – Daly City, CA | General Surgery on Doximity". Doximity. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  5. "Small Grants Make a Big Impact in Increasing Healthy Food Access - Capital Impact Partners". Capital Impact Partners. 2016-11-08. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  6. "Faces, Places and Causes 0". Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  7. "Changing of the Guards: The 68th Annual George Washington Charity Ball". Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  8. "Go Negosyo and US Embassy Empower Young Entrepreneurs through YEDW". Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  9. "Qwikwire". Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  10. "Join the 1st Annual Future of Health: Telemedicine and AI Symposium in Ho Chi Minh City". Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  11. "Making Filipinos embrace Bitcoin". Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  12. "Healthcare Entrepreneur Invests In Satoshi Citadel to Increase Bitcoin Adoption in the Philippines". Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  13. "". Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  14. "AngelMD". Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  15. [https: "Healthcare Startups"] Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2018-06-05.

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