Carlos is Chief Strategy Officer at Larta Institute, a Los Angeles-based mission oriented nonprofit that advises & mentors emerging technology-based founders, startups, and institutions (public and private) developing solutions that Feed, Fuel, and Heal the world.

Carlos and the Larta team are driven to unlock the right mix of resources, tools, and networks that effectively bring science-driven solutions into use for impact.  Larta has designed and deployed national-scale commercialization and translational research programs with an applied focus that have been adopted by leading agencies (NIH, USDA, DOE, NSF, NOAA, NIST, DARPA, etc.) to support thousands of grant awardees to maximize ROI of publicly-funded R&D.  In the course of its 25-year existence, Larta has built systems to generate science-to-market outcomes and an entrepreneur-in-residence network of 120+ subject matter/operational specialists in various sectors: bioscience, agricultural technology, energy, environment & sustainability, healthcare, IT, ed-tech, and materials science.

Carlos launched Larta’s industry liaison network, which includes technology scouts, alliance, and corporate VC leaders across various technology sectors. He led Larta’s international expansion to build innovation ecosystem programs for government/innovation agencies in Malaysia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Romania, and New Zealand. He has served as a consultant on World Bank science, technology and innovation missions to Croatia assessing innovation policy, capital infrastructure, and government mechanisms supporting high technology entrepreneurs.

Before joining Larta, Gutierrez was an early management team member and director of business development at, an idealab venture-backed digital media start-up.

Carlos received his bachelor’s degree from Cal State University, Northridge, and has an M.B.A. from the USC Marshall School of Business.