Daniel is an Argentinian entrepreneur with a career spanning over twenty-five years. Feeling unfulfilled, Daniel felt the “need to do something different with life.” The result of this feeling thus far has been the creation of two new companies, Trans TI and Inclusiva, workplaces with a unique touch: only transgender individuals are employed there.
By Nicolette Gullickson
Unfulfilled is something that many feel at points in their careers. For Daniel, this feeling left him wanting to do more, to make more of a “social impact.” Luckily for Daniel, around the same time, the Argentinian feminist movement started to balloon, and both he and his partner got involved. Introduced to more work with, and concepts about, gender, Daniel met more and more people, and these (importantly) included transgender individuals. These fateful meetings let him see the “horrible” statistics about the experiences of the transgender community in Argentina, and so he set out with his partner to learn more and find ways to contribute to the well-being of the transgender community in Argentina. The path to making a positive social impact was there, and Daniel knew it, culminating in his creations, first Trans TI, and later out of Trans TI the new company Inclusiva.
Trans TI was founded in 2018 and is focused on providing employment opportunities for the transgender community. Despite some initial business models falling flat, after a year and a half Daniel was able to focus on two core aspects of work: virtual assistance (VA) and information technology (IT). The VA focus of Trans TI is to offer a “rainbow” service of digital tasks such as data entry or inbox maintenance that can be contracted out to the company. The IT aspect of the work focused on the creation of a network operations center, which “monitors software” as well as “servers” that are in the “cloud,” helping to make everything flow smoothly. The two aspects of work employ three and six transgender individuals, respectively, and works to help other companies in Argentina and abroad have smooth service. This isn’t all that Daniel wanted to focus on, however, and what he realized is that training people to get skills in these sectors can open doors to employment possibilities for community members.
With that in mind, the secondary objective became clear: beyond employment, there should be training involved that helps people remain employed or get better employment. Ranging from more basic skills like IT, software, digital tools, and accounting to more advanced software training like “Robotic Process Automation [RPA],” Daniel was able to help get transgender individuals the skills to be employed across a vast selection of industries. These trainings also help to spread awareness of the good they were doing within the community, and on the coattails of the success of Trans TI came another company idea: Inclusiva.
Launched recently on the International Day of Transgender Visibility, Inclusiva is a “confluence of Trans TI and Flugel” a company that was made by previous employees. These employees, realizing how useful the NOC (Network Operations Center) could be, reached out and with Daniel they created this new company, which now employs six transgender individuals and has already picked up one client.
The two companies have had a lot of work put into them, but Daniel feels that they are important to have around. Instead of just “sending money” elsewhere to other organizations, which Daniel notes is of course important, what the two companies are doing is providing a stable workplace for a marginalized segment of society. Even with the success so far of helping provide employment opportunities for transgender individuals, Daniel hasn’t limited his vision of helping people and growing the company. He and his new associates at Inclusiva are currently exploring options for an expanded amount of remote work, which would enable transgender individuals across Argentina and abroad to work for the company without having to move to urban areas while enabling outreach to a much larger population. As well, they want to grow the business model internationally, exploring ways to replicate the business model across Latin America, which has a large population of Spanish and English transgender speakers ready to work or be trained to work.
By combining his passion for entrepreneurship and his desire for a positive social impact, Daniel has formed Trans TI and Inclusiva into two successful companies, and he wants everyone to remember that not only do the companies act as a place of positive social impact like a charity, but that they’re also “good at what we do.”