Fuente is a startup working to revolutionize data-driven decision making in cities all over the world. Our work started more than 5 years ago as Flocktracker, a research project of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology‘s Future Urban Mobility research group, and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.
Jenny and Daniel met at MIT in 2017 while participating in an MIT innovative entrepreneurship class and have worked on primary market research and building a business plan for Fuente ever since. In fall 2018, they completed the US National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps program where they engaged in over 100 primary customer interviews with potential partners and customers. They officially registered Fuente as a company at the end of summer 2020.
More cyclist than human, Daniel Palencia is a Civil Engineer from UNAM and a Master’s in City Planning from MIT. He is currently based in Singapore and focuses his efforts on the relationship between urban environments, their denizens, and technology. He is especially interested in crowdsourced data collection and participatory planning in developing countries like Mexico, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. He leads the Fuente team and technology design.
Jenny Wang is a final year Ph.D. candidate at MIT. Her thesis focuses on moving objects with sound, and she is well versed in model design and reducing complex systems to their key features. She has experience in community building and a deep interest in how communities form, and how to curate a welcoming and inclusive culture. With a minor in technology commercialization, she is the business development lead at Fuente.