|Founder and CEO of Easy Solutions|
Early life and education
Ricardo Villadiego was born in Cartagena, Colombia, a city in the northern part of the country. He was raised there until the age of 15, when he moved to Bogotá to study engineering.
Villadiego has an honors degree in Electronic Engineering from the Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas in Bogotá, Colombia.
Immediately after his college graduation, Ricardo Villadiego went to work for Unisys Corporation, where he had worked while still in school. During his first year with Unisys, he built software for ATM machines and devices. While writing that software, he soon realized that the TCP/IP protocol was going to create numerous security issues as adoption of the protocol increased. At that moment, Villadiego started down the security path that he is on today.
After Internet Security Systems acquired IBM, Villadiego, together with his wife and best friend from college, started Easy Solutions in Bogotá with a vision to be the global leader in electronic fraud prevention.
Awards and recognitions
- In 2013, Villadiego was named the Afro-Colombian of the Year
- In 2014, he was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
- In 2015, Villadiego was given the American Dreamer Award by the Hispanic Unity of Florida.
- In 2016, he received the Pillar World Award for Founder or Entrepreneur of the Year (Gold).
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