About Us

Venture Traction came out of the experience of our founding team – working with startups.  We’ve worked with new ventures of all types, but always with a process based on short iterations, assessment and realinement. That is why, when the Lean Startup movement came along, it was easy for us to embrace. Much of what the practice described was already a recognizable part of the process we used with our startup customers. Through our work at Scio Consulting, we’ve been involved in several programs, helping dozens of entreprenuers navigate the startup process with reliable, repeatable approaches.

In our hearts, we are software developers, but with a definite entrepreneural slant. We use Lean Startup practices to extend our own services into new markets. Many of the tools we use, we first tested on our own ventures. And we recognize that we’re not done. As we launch Venture Traction and formalize our service offerings to startups, we know we will need to continue to evolve to better serve our customers and continue our standing in the market.

Our connection to Scio remains and is a synergistic part of our service offerings. The availability of the technical skills at Scio means we have direct access to a technical team with real world experience developing applications for all sizes of clients, from startups to Fortune 500, in many verticals. It means we understand the current technical landscape in ways that pure business consultants cannot because of their lack of hands on experience.

In addition, Venture Traction benefits from a bi-national team with experience through all the twists of the economic cycle over the last decade. Our development center is in Morelia, Mexico – which allows us to offer competitive rates and the real time collaboration capabilities only a team based in North Americia can offer US clients. Our team is highly qualified and because of the base of client projects we have engaged in with Scio, well aware of startup culture and the market environment.


Our management team


Luis Aburto


Pragmatic, strategic and disciplined – these words have been used to describe founder and President Luis Aburto, but they also reflect the company culture and our client service model. A veteran of  technical consulting for corporate and government clients in the U.S. and Latin America, Mr Aburto brings a passionate commitment to entrepreneurship, smart business planning, meticulous development processes and project management. A native of Morelia, Mexico who has traveled and lived across the globe, Mr Aburto holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master’s in Computer-aided Engineering Design from Strathclyde University in Scotland.


Michael Dunham

Principal Venture Advisor

Mike Dunham is a dynamic idea man with more than 20 years of experience helping major corporations and government agencies compete in an increasingly technical business environment. Mr. Dunham has worked in startups directly in Silicon Valley and as a consultant and advisor to entreprenuers throughout North America. A native of Sacramento, CA, he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Davis.

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