About GigCoinGigCoin was created by Julie Diaz-Asper and Ana Roca Castro – two mom entrepreneurs with a lot of experience hiring folks for gigs with big brands: community managers, survey participants, blog post contributors, designers, and SEO experts. Tired of all the red tape and time involved to find, manage, and pay for talented people, they created GigCoin because they needed it themselves. That’s where GigCoin comes in, offering not only the opportunity to tap into a diverse community of talent, but also a simple solution for hiring, managing, and paying them. We also think everyone should have a side hustle nowadays. Times are tough, and a couple of gigs can add up fast.
Julie Diaz-AsperJulie Diaz-Asper is the CEO of GigCoin and responsible for overall strategy and day-to-day operations. She has spent more than 20 years helping large organizations to innovate and pursue new market opportunities. As a strategy consultant at Booz Allen and Coopers & Lybrand, she focused on leveraging new technologies to create market opportunities for telecom and media companies. She later worked with American Express on using the Internet to innovate how to reach, service, and engage its commercial card customer base. She recently worked with AARP on a financial literacy 2.0 site called LifeTuner that leverages community, interactive tools and social media to reach 20 and 30 year olds to help them better manage their finances. She has managed a wide range of research projects including usability labs, online surveys, private community facilitation and focus groups. Julie’s community activities include serving as Chief Researcher for Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) DC Metro region and on the board of the Organization of American States Art Museum of the Americas. Find her on Twitter: @Juliediazasper
Ana Roca CastroAna Roca Castro serves as Chief Technology Officer and heads up all development efforts for GigCoin. She is a social entrepreneur. Her career started with Columbia University where she managed technical projects for the School of Public Health. She then led the implementation of Oracle Systems at the United Nations. In 2007, Ana started Premier Social Media, an Application Development and Brand Management firm. Ana and her team have developed internal Social Networks, over 50 Facebook/My Space applications, 34 iPhone apps, more than 100 widgets and over a dozen Twitter applications. Some of her clients include Toshiba, Walmart, Fedex, the World Bank, and Nickelodeon. Ana partners with PR/Marketing companies to serve their client portfolio with all their Social Media needs. In the last three years with her company, Ana has created over 200 jobs in the social media industry. These include Community Managers, Chief Bloggers, Social Media Developers, Marketers and Researchers. Ana is the founder of Latinos in Social Media (LATISM.org), the largest organization of Social Media professionals of Hispanic origin. Find her on Twitter: @AnaRC