Victor Abundis

Victor Abundis

Co-Founder & COO


Interpreter Tap

Chicago, IL USA


There are not enough women and people of color in tech. Historically, we’ve been taken out of every major movement, but you have to reject the idea that history is going to repeat itself.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL.
His parents were immigrants from Mexico—his first language is Spanish and didn’t learn English until he got to kindergarten.
From the age of six, says he inadvertently became an interpreter because knowing a little English meant he could help his family communicate better.
After high school, started working in a hotel and went to college for one semester, but his hard-partying lifestyle eventually forced him to drop out.
As he got older, realized he needed to get his life back on track, so he returned to his passion for helping others bridge the language divide.
He has been a certified interpreter for over 12 years and has worked in legal, medical, immigration, and government settings.
After seeing the injustices and inequalities that certain groups face as a result of the language barrier, began working with a friend to solve the problem of access to interpreters.
In 2016, co-founded Interpreter Tap, an app that provides thousands of certified interpreters authorized to interpret hundreds of languages on demand.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
certification
Certification/License
Spanish Language and Literature
Career

Career

Co-Founder & COO

I created a mobile app that connects you to a live interpreter via video conference or voice call.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

I connect with certified/trained interpreters and I connect with attorneys and community organizations to help them gain easier access to language service professionals.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Cultural awareness, world history, bi/multi lingual.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Start drawing up a business plan, however simple you want to make it, always be ready to make adjustments, and never ever be scared to ask questions or ask for help. It's also a great idea to start searching for mentors that will help you as you get older.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Finance, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Project Management
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You're a Latino male from the South Side of Chicago. Your destiny is pretty much already set: dead, jail, or addict."

I make sure that I never ever forget where I come from, and why I do what I do. Most importantly, remember who you are doing it for: yourself and/or others.

Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence
Gangs / Violence

I grew up in a very dangerous neighborhood. At one point, there were more people dying in the neighborhoods of Chicago like mine than soldiers were in the Iraq War.

Drugs / Addiction
Drugs / Addiction

After high school, I partied a lot and was leading a very wild lifestyle. This led to me dropping out of college. I eventually got my life together and, with the help of my dad, I became an interpreter.

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

My parents are immigrants from Mexico. Even though I was born in the U.S., my first language is Spanish and I didn't learn English until I got to kindergarten.

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