Rafael Marañón is currently CEO and Founder at Wavyn, a startup building technologies for autonomous vehicles.

Before he was a product manager at Amazon and Cisco System. At Amazon he built and launched the new Fire TV with Alexa, 4K and HDR support in US, UK, DE and JP. At Cisco he defined and developed the New Cisco Catalyst 6800 Instant Access and was responsible for defining Cisco Internet of Things (IoT) software strategy.

Rafael obtained a M.S., in Engineering-and-Management from MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM). At MIT Rafael worked as a Research Assistant in the Lean Advancement Initiative (LAI) at the Engineering System Division. Rafael’s research included system thinking, social networks for organization development, software process improvement and the management of labor migration. Early in his career, he served in software projects at the United Nations Headquarters, in operations at the Spanish Consulate in Moscow, and also worked as a product manager creating and launching the open source premier Voice Over IP product –VoIPFutura and dozens of enterprise API. He was also working as a teaching assistant for the system dynamics group at MIT Sloan School of Management. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Málaga. Rafael is also founder of the MIT Social Media Club and also created and co-taught course ESD.942, a case study approach to how social media is transforming health care, financial services, and other domains in both business and government. His co-founding of the MIT Social Media Club, for which he created the technology platform, derives from his belief that online communication represents an evolutionary leap in the power of people to collaborate. He describes his strategy for leading innovation at Cisco as “learning by doing and sharing.”

Rafael won in 2010 the MIT SDM Leadership, Innovation and System Thinking Award


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