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Perry Ogwuche who was previously a YC founder talks to other founders from the YC community and beyond with inactive companies to learn from their stories and unique experiences with running a business that they eventually had to shut down. Lessons from a failed startup podcast focuses on the stories of entrepreneurs who have started businesses that are among the 95% of businesses that don’t quite make it to the finish line.
 
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Santiago Aparicio, Ontop: Transforming the future of work, Ep 158 The future of work is going to be remote and decentralized, according to Santiago Aparicio, Co-Founder and CEO of Ontop, a payroll software startup that allows companies to legally hire and pay anyone in the world. Santiago is a serial entrepreneur and sales passionate who believes i…
 
Maricel Saenz, Compound Foods: Coffee without Coffee Beans, Ep 157 People continue to experience how global warming can have devastating effects on the world. Crop yields have already started to decline from rising temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns and extreme weather events. Climate change is threatening the future of many foods, and that…
 
Juanma Gironella, Guros: Reshaping The Latin American Insurance Industry, Ep 156 The traditional insurance experience in Latin America is an inefficient, non tech process. Most people don’t want to buy it but know they have to. At the same time, customer expectations of instant digital transactions sustained seamlessly across digital channels are i…
 
Caterine Castillo, Neivor: Streamlining real estate administration in Latin America, Ep 153 In Latin America, a building manager typically has to handle thousands of apartment units and tenants. This means simultaneously dealing with building maintenance, reconciling payments, and meeting tenant and landlord requests. Currently, this is done manual…
 
Gonzalo Blanco, Quansa: Building the future of financial health in Latin America, Ep 152 For years, Gonzalo Blanco and Mafalda Barros have seen how the misaligned incentives in Latin American financial products push the average person to make bad financial decisions. Due to this lack of guidance, people improvise and spend money without realizing t…
 
Greatest Hits Episode: Marta Forero, Driving Economic Growth in Latin America via Corporate Education with UBits, Ep 149 ​​For this week’s episode of Crossing Borders, we’re revisiting one of our greatest hits episodes featuring UBits’ Marta Forero. As the only Latin American woman in her Y Combinator cohort, Marta Forero is helping break the mold …
 
Maribel Dominguez, Círculo de Belleza: Building a vertical marketplace to supply the professional beauty industry, Ep 150 After graduating from university in the US in 2009 at the height of the financial crisis, Maribel Dominguez decided to move back to her native Mexico until the economy got better. While she was home, Maribel and her dad came up …
 
Greatest Hits Episode: Matías Rivera, Building Businesses and Replanting Patagonian Trees, Ep 149 ​​For this week’s episode of Crossing Borders, we’re revisiting one of our greatest hits episodes featuring Fanatiz’ Matías Rivera. What do Start-Up Chile, the Copa Libertadores, and Latin America’s largest crowdfunding campaign have in common? The ans…
 
Benjamin Labra, Houm: Streamlining the Real Estate industry in Latin America, Ep 148 Latin America’s real estate market is opaque, broken and bureaucratic. The home buying process in the region can take up to a year, and even just renting an apartment requires having another property as collateral in some countries. There are many pain points in th…
 
​​Nico Barawid, Casai: Providing Consistently High-Quality Hospitality in Mexico, Ep 147 In Mexico, the hospitality industry is the third-highest contributor to GDP. Therefore, when COVID-19 initially shut tourists out of the country and forced many hotels to close down, the Mexican economy was hit relatively hard. By the second half of 2020, trave…
 
Greatest Hits Episode: Daniel Bilbao, Fighting Fraud in Latin America, Ep 146 For this week’s episode of Crossing Borders, we’re revisiting one of our greatest hits episodes featuring Truora’s Daniel Bilbao. Originally from Cali, Colombia, Daniel studied in the US and started a company in Silicon Valley before realizing he wanted to use his experie…
 
Greatest Hits Episode: Federico Vega, Transforming Transport Logistics in Latin America, Ep 145 For this week’s episode of Crossing Borders we’re revisiting one of our greatest hits episodes featuring Cargo X’s Federico Vega. Anytime you have an item that you need to send from here to there you enter the world of transport logistics. It may seem as…
 
Pedro Moura, Flourish: Building the tech infrastructure to help people make better financial decisions, Ep 144 Pedro Moura moved from Natal, Brazil to the US at a young age, overcoming many challenges while always trying to build a better future for himself, his family and his region. His perseverance and grit guided him to create a company that he…
 
Alexander Torrenegra, Torre: Reinventing job-matching and recruitment services, Ep 143 Alexander Torrenegra believes that most talent is going to waste because it’s not being exposed to the right opportunities. That’s why he founded Torre, a platform that streamlines the application, recruitment, and selection process for remote work. This new prof…
 
Pete Flint, NFX: Tapping into world-class startups in Latin America, Ep 142 During the summer of ‘95, when Netscape went public, Pete Flint decided he wanted to get involved in Internet startups as the next step in his career. He went on to form part of the founding team of lastminute.com in the UK– an online travel site that was later acquired for…
 
Bismarck Lepe, Wizeline: Building world class startups from Mexico and Silicon Valley , Ep 141 Bismarck Lepe was part of the first batch of entrepreneurs to leave Google, ready to take the world by storm. And that he did. His first startup was Ooyala, an online video platform company that he built from zero to a $400M exit. Today, a seasoned entrep…
 
David Poritz, Credijusto: Helping SMEs grow in Latin America, Ep 140 According to David Poritz, over six million SMEs in Mexico have historically lacked access to credit. That’s one of the reasons why in 2015, David decided to build Credijusto, a tech-enabled lender for SMEs in Mexico. David has always been a strong advocate for human rights, found…
 
Maria Fujihara, Sinai Technologies: Helping corporations mitigate climate change through decarbonization software, Ep 139 Maria Fujihara firmly believes in the power of the private sector to be a key piece in combating climate change. After a successful career in Brazil’s Green Building Council, Maria decided that if she was to work in that space a…
 
Agustin Feuerhake, Fintual: Redefining what it means to invest in Latin America, Ep 138 For retail investors in Latin America, the options to invest are limited. This space is often dominated by traditional banks that charge very high fees and involve processes that are quite complex for non-experts. As co-founder and CMO of robo advisor Fintual, A…
 
Jose Miguel Cortes, Fondo de Fondos: Supporting the venture capital industry in Mexico and Latin America, Ep 137 A fund of funds raises capital from different investors to invest in Venture Capital or Private Equity funds. These investors –mostly institutional– pick funds of funds so that they can trust a professional manager to pick the best VC fu…
 
Daniel Rodriguez, Picap: Delivery and Logistics in Latin Americans, Ep 136 Daniel Rodriguez lives in Bogotá, the third most traffic-congested city in the world. He knows a thing or two about the frustration that comes from spending hours inside a car in slow-moving traffic when you need to get somewhere. Daniel’s usual response to these situations …
 
Brynne McNulty Rojas: Leading Colombia’s Real Estate Industry into the Future, Ep 135 Born and raised in New Jersey, Brynne McNulty Rojas’ interest in the real estate industry goes back to one of her classes about international housing finance systems while an undergraduate at Wharton, where she learned about how property ownership rights in inform…
 
Nathan Lustig, the managing partner of Magma Partners, a seed stage investment fund, shares his perspective on how he views founders with a failed startup under their belt. Learn more about Nathan: - Blog: https://www.nathanlustig.com/about/ - Twitter: https://twitter.com/nathanlustig - Magma Partners website: https://www.magmapartners.com/ - Cross…
 
Rodrigo Sánchez-Ríos, La Haus: Helping Latin Americans Find their Ideal Homes, Ep 134 Rodrigo Sanchez Rios’ childhood dream was to be like Bruce Wayne. He grew up in Tijuana, Mexico surrounded by great role models in his family who instilled in him a strong sense of ambition and hunger for knowledge. After obtaining an engineering degree at MIT, wo…
 
Brian Requarth, Viva the Entrepreneur: Founding, Scaling and Raising Venture Capital in Latin America, Ep 133 Over a decade ago, Brian Requarth bought a one-way ticket to Colombia and never looked back. Since then, he’s become a seasoned entrepreneur and investor, having founded, scaled, merged, and exited VivaReal, a leading proptech startup in Br…
 
Alejandro Freund: The path to shutting down a Latin American Startup, Ep 132 It's not easy to shut down a start up anywhere in the world. But in Latin America, founders feel even more pressure to not lose investor money or admit that their company isn't turning out how they wanted it to. Alejandro Freund was the co-founder and CEO of YaEsta, at the…
 
Peer and I talk about his experience with shutting down his company Mage and getting an acquisition offer for his newer company Lean Hire, from On Deck, the very next day, which was when we recorded this episode. Peer now serves as the head of product at On Deck. Lean Hire Acquisition: https://www.beondeck.com/post/lean-hire…
 
Gaurav Maken, previous co-founder of YCombinator's Mylk Guys shares his experience with building a growing business that he had to shut down at the height of their growth. Gaurav talks about the importance of focusing on what matters for your business and the importance of learning from the successes and failures of founders. https://twitter.com/ga…
 
Colin Hayhurst a successful entrepreneur , and startup mentor, shares his experience in starting and shutting down the YCombinator backed company GoScale that he co-founded with James Cunningham. The YC practice interview app, referred too, can be found here and the associated TechCrunch article here. Colin has a deep technical and commercial backg…
 
Juliana Sarmiento, Envíoclick: Reimagining the logistics industry in Latin America, Ep 131 Juliana Sarmiento always knew she wanted to create value for her community by starting her own company. Raised in a family of entrepreneurs, she knew what she would be getting herself into by choosing this path. Along with the challenges that come with starti…
 
Renji Bijoy, founder and CEO of ImmersedVR talk about his company AraJoy which pivoted to becoming Immersed. He talk about the process he went through to realize that his initial ideas was bad and that he needed to pivot. He also talks about his startup hack to finding good developers for cheap and more. Connect with Renji: Twitter: https://twitter…
 
James Currier, NFX: Transforming How Innovators are Funded, Ep 130 James Currier is General Partner at NFX, an early-stage venture capital firm that focuses on network effect businesses. As a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of four VC-backed companies, James has become an expert on network effects and growth. Through software and educational con…
 
Pranshu, co-founder of Prayas Analytics- the google analytics for retail stores talks about the importance of founder market fit. He discusses his experience with shutting down Prayas after not being able to get any "real" customers even though they had money in the bank. Discusses how it was for him to get back out there after shutting down his co…
 
Álvaro Silberstein, Wheel the World: Creating Accessible Travel Experiences, Ep 129 A trip to Torres del Paine in the south of Chile became an opportunity for Álvaro Silberstein to put his startup idea to the test. Most travel platforms provide basic information about price, location, transportation, accommodation, and excursion options. However, f…
 
Javier García, Femsa: Collaborating with the most disruptive startups in Latin America, Ep 128 Javier García knew that there were at least 50 ways of doing corporate venture capital the wrong way, which is why he took a couple of years to figure out how to do it right with FEMSA. Today, Javier is the Director of Corporate Venturing and Growth Capit…
 
Kristen Fang, previous co-founder of StrattyX, a trading interface that allowed you set up sophisticated “if-this-then-that” rules and execute orders on the stock market, talks about her experience with shutting down the company after being in the top 4 of Tech Crunch disrupt 2019 and midway through YCombinators Winter batch of 2020.…
 
Manuel Olguín, Keynua: E-signatures for the Latin American market, Ep 127 As a serial entrepreneur in Latin America, Manuel Olguín is very familiar with the unique challenges that the region holds that can turn into amazing opportunities. One of those pain points is the time-consuming process of signing legal documents. While in the US e-signatures…
 
MoveLoot was an online market place to buy and sell used furniture. They were part of YCombinator's winter 2014 batch. MoveLoot experienced a lot of growth and expanded to multiple cities including NY and LA. They raised multiple rounds of funding summing up to $22m, but ultimately the company had to shut down. Perry dives deep to learn what happen…
 
Vikram Rangraj and his co-founder had a really awesome idea to build Dropleaf, a video game subscription service for all you can play video games. Essentially Netflix for video games. They got into the prestigious YCombinator in 2017 and had to shut down only 2 years later. Vikram is currently the Chief Academic Officer at Rize Education and he sha…
 
Amir Salihefendic, Doist: Best Practices for the Remote Work Revolution, Ep 126 Although Amir Salihefendic has been an advocate for remote work for over a decade, he never envisioned that the worldwide shift to remote would take place as a result of a pandemic. Amir is the founder and CEO of Doist, a remote-first company that specializes in product…
 
Andrea Baba, FitCo: Digitizing Fitness Centers in Latin America, Ep 125 Andrea’s first experience as an entrepreneur was starting her own Zumba studio when she was 18 years old. Within a year of operating, she started to expand her business, hiring more instructors and gaining more clients. However, Andrea saw that managing her business solely on E…
 
Mariana Castillo, Ben & Frank: Direct-to-Consumer Eyewear for the Mexican Market, Ep 124 Mariana Castillo believes that the eyewear shopping experience in Mexico is broken. It’s generally reduced to an impersonal exchange that only considers the basic optical measurements, rather than catering the product to the customer’s style and personality. Ma…
 
Claire Díaz-Ortiz, Magma Partners: Investing in Latin American Female Founders, Ep 123 Claire Díaz-Ortiz has been passionate about investing in women and supporting the underrepresented since her days at Stanford, where she completed an undergrad in Feminist Studies and History. However, it wasn’t until later in her career as an angel investor, and…
 
Dan Green, Gunderson Dettmer: Legal Structures for Startups in Latin America, Ep 122 An avid traveler from a young age, Dan Green’s relationship with Latin America stretches all the way back to his childhood trips to Mexico and Ecuador and visits from an aunt who dazzled him with stories about doing business in Chile. Driven by his passion for the …
 
Mandeep Rai, The Values Compass: What 101 Countries Teach Us About Purpose, Life, and Leadership, Ep 121 Mandeep Rai’s meeting with a Sikh person in the middle of Panama during her sabbatical across Latin America led her on a journey to not only start to understand that the tropical country was a cultural melting pot, but was also a pivotal moment …
 
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