May 16, 2014

Carlos Antequera – Washburn

Pursuit of Greatness
Carlos Antequera – Washburn

Carlos Antequera is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Netchemia, LLC, a company that was recently named one of the Greater Kansas City Chamber’s 2014 Top 10 Small Businesses.

Netchemia provides Web-based platforms for school districts to conduct performance reviews and do recruiting. It recently acquired SchoolSpring Inc., based in South Burlington, Vt. Since its inception, Carlos has been responsible for setting the vision and strategic direction of Netchemia. He has a solid understanding of financial and business issues along with an in-depth knowledge of Internet technologies and trends. His experience includes system design and architecture, project management, and software development.  

Carlos is a former executive board member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and a member of the Kansas City chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. He was accepted into the prestigious Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and also received a KTEC Pipeline Fellowship aimed at developing technology entrepreneurial talent. Carlos received a computer science degree from Washburn University and an MBA in international business from the University of Kansas.
“A lot of people talk about improving the educational system in the United States, but at Netchemia we don’t just talk about it. We make it happen,” says Antequera.

“When we started in 2001, we were just a bunch of fresh-faced entrepreneurs excited about the impact we were going to make in the business world. Little did we know that a year later we would find ourselves in a school auditorium in Topeka, Kansas, being applauded by 300 educators. Our first education project, netIEP, allowed school administrators to bring their special education forms and daily processes online while staying compliant with IEPs. At that moment, we learned that education was where we could make a true impact.”

“But we were not done. After several years of working with districts across the country and learning about the challenges of education, we realized that for too long the focus has mostly been on the student-side of learning. We believe that schools can dramatically impact student achievement if they recruit, hire, develop and retain the best teachers and school leaders. 

“From this realization, we developed intuitive cloud-based talent management software for K-12. The TalentEd K-12 Strategic Talent Management Suite delivers simple, innovative, and affordable talent management solutions for applicant tracking and hiring (TalentEd Recruit & Hire™), performance evaluation (TalentEd Perform™), and personnel processes and records management (TalentEd Records™). Now districts and schools large and small can work smart to improve the quality of the talent at their schools.“

“For more than a decade, our work has given us the experience to help school districts achieve improved educational results.”

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