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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 …
 
Santiago Pineda, Mensajeros Urbanos: Transforming Latin America’s Last-Mile Delivery Industry, Ep 120 Santiago Pineda started his entrepreneurial journey straight out of highschool at 18 years old. He would spend hours at his university’s library learning how to code to launch his company’s website. Originally from Colombia, where the floral sector…
 
Matías Muchnick, NotCo: Building The Future of Food From Chile, Ep 119 Matías Muchnick left the investment banking world in pursuit of a solution that would bring sustainability to the broken food industry. He could not have predicted that a couple of years later he would be training an algorithm to understand humans’ taste preferences to create a …
 
Gustavo Guida, Alloy Card: Starting Companies in Brazil since 2000, Ep 118 Gustavo Guida has been starting companies in Latin America before it was cool. He founded his first company in 2000, during Brazil’s tech bubble. Bondfaro was a price comparison website which, after merging with Buscapé in 2006, became the largest of its kind in Latin Americ…
 
Christine Kenna, IGNIA: Building the Foundation of Mexico’s Venture Capital Industry, Ep 117 Christine Kenna could not have predicted that a consulting gig in Mexico City would lead her into building an entire career in investing in Latin America. Although Christine is originally from Palo Alto, she has been working and investing in Mexico since 20…
 
Deepak Chhugani, Nuvocargo: Using software to modernize trade between Mexico and USA, Ep 116 Deepak Chhugani’s multicultural background was considered rare and unexpected in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he grew up most of his life. He was born in Kenya to Indian parents who migrated to Ecuador in their late 20s. Logically, after studying at university…
 
Martin Schrimpff, Zinobe: Supporting Underserved SMEs with Fintech, Ep 115 Almost 20 years ago, after finishing his engineering degree at the University of Edinburgh, Martin Schrimpff jumped at the opportunity to move back to his native Colombia to set up his first software development company with a friend. That company, Sirius, would kick off Mar…
 
Florence Frech, Leal: Bringing Data-Driven Customer Engagement to Latin America, Ep 114 Despite coming from a family of entrepreneurs in El Salvador, Florence Frech hadn’t considered being one herself until she met her current co-founder while completing an MBA in Chicago. Up until that point, she had been building a stable career working at banks …
 
Gonzalo Galindo, Cemex Ventures: Bringing Innovation and Strategic Investments to the Construction Industry, Ep 113 The construction industry is known for being slow to adopt new technologies. However, Gonzalo Galindo seeks to break that barrier and bring innovation to an industry that is commonly considered to be monolithic and outdated. Currently…
 
Pedro Góes, InEvent: Revamping the Events Industry in Latam & the US, Ep 112 Although originally from Salvador, Brazil Pedro Góes went to university in São Carlos where he met his future co-founders Vinicius Neris and Mauricio Giordano. There, Pedro was inspired by other Brazilian entrepreneurs that were providing solutions to problems that were hi…
 
Antonia Rojas, ALLVP: Investing in Latin America's Human Capital & Smart Cities, Ep 111 Antonia Rojas has been surrounded by machines and technology ever since she can remember. Her grandfather was one of the engineers that developed the first computer in Germany, while her mother was a digital photography pioneer in Chile. Now, Antonia is carving …
 
Albert Santalo, 8base: Building the Software of the Future, Ep 110 Albert Santalo launched two successful tech companies from South Florida during economic recessions. The first company was right after 9/11 and a year after the dotcom bubble had burst. He recalls that being an entrepreneur in those times was like being “the scourge of the economy.”…
 
Ángel Sahagún, Albo: Bringing Financial Inclusion to Mexico’s Underbanked , Ep 109 Originally from Campeche, Yucatan, Ángel Sahagún has been obsessed with fintech for the past ten years. From an early age, he realized that there was limited access to financial products for a large portion of the Mexican population. Since then, he has made it his mi…
 
Laura Mendoza, Unima: Developing Low-Cost Diagnostics for 3 Billion People, Ep 108 Laura Mendoza was already working on solutions for tuberculosis, the leading infectious killer worldwide, before COVID-19 came along. As founder and CPO of biotech Unima, Laura develops fast and low-cost diagnostics for infectious diseases. Her solutions help decisio…
 
Maya Dadoo, Worky: Revolutionizing the HR Industry for Mexican SMEs, Ep 107 In Mexico, SME employees rotate at a rate of ~60% per year! With about 20M Mexicans working in this sector, this means 12M are switching jobs on a yearly basis. It’s amazing companies can get anything done! Coming from a background in chemical engineering, Maya Dadoo has al…
 
Vitor Torres, Contabilizei: Helping Brazilian SMEs with Tax Compliance, Ep 106 According to The World Bank, Brazil ranks as one of the top 10 hardest countries in the world to pay taxes, which can be concerning considering that Brazilians have to file their taxes on a monthly basis. Vitor Torres experienced the painful process of finding an account…
 
Geoff Michener, dataPlor: Closing the Latin American Data Gap with Human Verified SME Data, Ep 105 Growing up in Denver, Colorado, Geoff Michener was interested in international trade and economics. During his undergrad, he got the opportunity to study abroad in Nicaragua and learn about foreign investment. There, he quickly fell in love with Latin…
 
Gabriela Estrada, Vexi: Bringing Credit to the Underbanked in Mexico, Ep 104 Only one in ten adults in Mexico have access to a formal credit card, according to Gabriela Estrada. That’s more than 70 million people that are not able to build a credit history. As cofounder and CFO of Vexi, Gabriela is on a mission to make credit accessible to Mexico’s…
 
Gonzalo Ucar, Hogaru: Empowering Colombia’s Cleaners to Earn Stable Wages, Ep 103 As an engineer, Gonzalo Ucar wanted to solve real world problems. Originally from Spain, he decided to move to Latin America to become an entrepreneur and tap into the region’s opportunities. Today, he lives in Bogota and is co-founder of Hogaru, an on-demand cleaning…
 
Daniel Cossío, Village Capital: Transforming Big Ideas from Vision to Scale, Ep 102 Daniel Cossío decided he wanted to be involved in technology when he realized that businesses could produce a greater social impact than just an economic return. Today, he is Regional Manager for Latin America at Village Capital, a venture capital firm that supports…
 
Ishan Sinha, Point72 Ventures: Investing in Global Fintech Startups, Ep 101 Originally from New Delhi and Kathmandu, Ishan Sinha grew up on the move. Due to his Dad’s job, he lived in six countries in three different continents until finally settling down in Connecticut. Today, as Vice President of Point72 Ventures, he still spends a lot of time on…
 
Advice from Venture Capitalists to Latin American Founders, Ep 100 Over the years, we’ve had the chance to interview some of the best venture capital investors in Latin America on the Crossing Borders podcast. With that in mind, we decided to launch an Investor Remix Series, where we go back to previous episodes to highlight the stories of some of …
 
At Magma Partners, we work with people who share our values, whether they’re the founders we invest in or the mentors and investors we bring on to our team. We hope to create lifelong relationships with the people we support. For this episode, we’re featuring eleven Magma entrepreneurs –some are members of our portfolio, and others are from our tea…
 
80% of Venezuelans today depend on remittances to survive. Almost seven million people have left the country since the protests against the Maduro government started, creating a massive diaspora, almost all of whom send money home to family members trapped in the country. Simon Chamorro was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, so he has seen this…
 
When Michael Sidgmore thinks about investing, he thinks about making the biggest impact possible in people’s lives. His passion for economic development and financial inclusion has led him to build a career as a fintech investor and entrepreneur focused on financial infrastructure, wealth management, and financial inclusion. Today, he is a Partner …
 
YCombinator is one of the leading early-stage US investors in Latin America, and has served as a signal for other US investors to start making their first investments in the region. Since accepting its first Latin American founder in 2013, the region’s presence in the accelerator program has significantly increased. The most recent batch had over 1…
 
In honor of the seventh edition of the IDB’s WeXchange annual event taking place in Asunción, Paraguay next week, this episode highlights the stories of seven women from both sides of the investment table featured in past Crossing Borders episodes. These high performers share their experiences of what it’s like being a woman in technology in Latin …
 
Andres Gutierrez was working for a can manufacturing company in Philadelphia when he realized that web and mobile apps were disrupting the US market. When he asked friends and family in Colombia if there were any equivalents to these companies back home, he discovered an underserved market. While most tech companies were launching in Mexico, Brazil…
 
Pedro Sorrentino and his team were successful angel investors with multiple exits and technology executives and entrepreneurs when Pedro and his team decided to co-found ONEVC, a cross-border seed-stage firm based in San Francisco and São Paulo. He went from being a tech executive to starting his own company and then transitioned into angel investi…
 
In the US, most people would be surprised to find that WhatsApp is the main platform for Latin Americans to communicate between friends and family, and even more surprised that its one of the main channels for businesses and their clients to communicate. Migue Morkin, an Argentine entrepreneur and founder of Sirena, explains that in Argentina, Mexi…
 
Mariana Costa, founder of Laboratoria, a programming bootcamp for Latin American women, found a way to mix two worlds she was passionate about: technology and helping women. Originally from Peru, Mariana combines technology with social impact by running programming bootcamps for women from underserved backgrounds. The program seeks to prepare these…
 
Despite Brazil’s amazing abundance in raw materials for food, Victor Santos was finding that many delivery options in large cities like Sao Paulo offered mostly highly processed foods. Liv Up is a direct-to-consumer startup that uses local Brazilian ingredients to produce high-quality and healthy frozen meals that get delivered right to customers’ …
 
Luis Garza is the founder of Kinedu, an app that provides educational games and activities for parents and kids to play together. He was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico but had the opportunity to study abroad at a young age. Luis knew from early on he wanted to give others the same educational opportunities he had been given as a child. After …
 
Ariel Arrieta knew he wanted to work in tech from the moment he got his first computer, an Atari 800XL, when he was 12 years old– a gift that changed his life. Today, he is cofounder and Managing Partner at NXTP Labs, an Argentine venture capital firm and accelerator that invests in early-stage tech startups. During the first Internet gold rush in …
 
After a trip to Latin America with three other friends from college, Julian Deutschle and his future co-founders wanted to solve a problem that was already solved in their native Germany: booking bus tickets online. Friends and family back home were in disbelief when they heard they had to physically go to bus terminals to check out bus routes, and…
 
Susana García Robles has been working to help create the venture capital industry in Latin America since the 90s, when she launched an ambitious flagship program in Brazil to jumpstart the Latin American ecosystem. Since then, she has been an LP to dozens of funds across the region in her role as Chief Investment Officer for IDB Lab at the Interame…
 
Originally from a small town outside of Sao Paulo, Joao de Paula cofounded the first Latin American startup to participate in YCombinator back in 2013. Fueled by an obsession with making an impact, he unknowingly embraced the entrepreneurial spirit from an early age. He created different projects while growing up and then later taught himself to co…
 
Andres Sarrazola caught the entrepreneurial bug at the age of 17 in his home city in Medellín, Colombia. Fast forward eleven years later, he is now the CEO and founder of Ayenda, Colombia's largest virtual hotel chain and SoftBank’s first investment in the country. According to Andres, in Latin America around 70% of properties are independently own…
 
Andy Kieffer and his family decided to spend a year relaxing in Guadalajara, Mexico, and ended up staying. As founder of AgaveLab, Andy helps startups in the US and Mexico build tech products with local Guadalajara talent. Originally from the midwest, Andy moved to California straight out of high school and worked on early stage tech companies, hel…
 
Mixergy's Andrew Warner interviews Nathan Lustig on the Mixergy Podcast. I decided to cross post this interview, since we cover my story getting to chile, what it's like doing business in Latin America and my experience with previous startups. You can find Andrew's original podcast and show notes on his website: https://mixergy.com/interviews/magma…
 
How do you keep a global workforce up to date on daily security threats and confirm people are ok in the event of a natural disaster? Most companies are still stuck in phone call and paper based systems that are extremely expensive and hard to update. Cory Siskind, Base Operations’ founder, realized there was a better way than the standard practice…
 
Originally from Cali, Colombia, Daniel studied in the US and started a company in Silicon Valley before realizing he wanted to us his experience to solve a pressing Latin American problem: fraud. Truora, a startup that provides instant background checks, was born to fight that problem. I sat down with Daniel for this episode to talk about why he de…
 
Originally from Mexico, developing microfinance in Latin America and India was a natural step for Johanna Posada. With over 15 years of experience working in corporate finance, economics, microfinance and investing in emerging markets, Johanna, now based in Seattle, has long been involved in economic development. Currently, as Managing Director and…
 
In 2014, nearly all US-based VCs were reticent to invest in Latin America. But that didn’t stop Washington, DC based QED from building one of Latin America’s most impressive startup portfolios. Before becoming a Partner at QED Investors, Mike’s path into the finance world was not obvious. Mike’s first foray into finance was his job at Capital One w…
 
Juan Pablo Cappello met well-known Argentine entrepreneur Wenceslao Casares when he was “living out of a backpack in New York.” After a brief career in traditional law, Juan Pablo’s career took off when he was on the founding team of Patagon, Latin America’s first online bank, with Casares and two other entrepreneurs. A few years later, in 1999, Pa…
 
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest global threats that most people don’t know much about. It has the potential to take us back to the days when a small cut could kill you. Maricel Saenz is tackling this problem head on with NextBiotics, a company creating new tools to kill antibiotic resistant bacteria. If that wasn’t enough, she’s taking …
 
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