An Entrepreneur’s Guide To Coworking Spaces in Latin America

Latin America has recently become a booming destination for entrepreneurs and digital nomads looking for fast WiFi, comfortable accommodations, adventure and a lower cost of living. In response, coworking spaces have popped up in every Latin American capital, and even on remote beaches, to attract entrepreneurs and remote professionals to live, collaborate, and work together. Boasting coffee, private Skype rooms, yoga classes, beach access, and open-plan offices, Latin American coworking spaces are encouraging collaboration across the region.

Read on for a list of some of the top coworking spaces in Latin America.

1. La Maquinita – Argentina

La Maquinita is one of Argentina’s most popular coworking spaces, and for good reason. With seven locations across Buenos Aires and in other cities, entrepreneurs are never far from a space to work. Individuals and companies can choose between working in an open-plan room or a private office. On Friday nights, La Maquinita also hosts its famous ‘Fuck Up Nights BA’, where entrepreneurs share their biggest failures, creating a strong community of collaboration and friendship.

Some other notable Argentine coworking spaces include: Urban Station, We Work, AreaTres, Manawa Coworking, and Loop Coworking. More info on Argentina’s business climate. Continue reading…

Magma Partners: Supporting Latin American Entrepreneurs

In 2014, I was sitting in a Manhattan office tower, asking an experienced venture capitalist for advice about Magma Partners, our new seed stage fund that finds the best entrepreneurs in Latin America and helps them launch and scale their US incorporated startups in the states.

The VC’s advice? Leave Latin America. Come back to the US. “You’re going to lose all your money!” Nearly all of my entrepreneur and investor friends said the same thing.

Since 2014, my partners and I have invested $2M of our own money into a portfolio of 32 fast growing companies founded by entrepreneurs from 9 countries that employ 300+ people from 13 countries. All for less than a typical Silicon Valley company’s seed round.

The diverse founders we support are building real US incorporated businesses that generate eight figures in annual revenue. And they’re 90% more capital efficient than Silicon Valley startups. Continue reading…

The Investment and Startup Community in Peru

Many travelers visit Peru to experience Machu Picchu, and though incredible, there is much more to this country than its wonder of the world. Known for its gastronomic sector, Peru has some of the most diverse (and delicious) food in the world. Through its long history of eating seafood, mixed with Spanish, Japanese and Chinese immigration, it’s always a pleasure to go to Peru, even if it’s only to eat, and entrepreneurial Peruvians have taken advantage.

Peru has diverse terrain, from the steeply sloping Andes and dense jungles to the cerulean coastline. About one-third of Peruvian residents live near or close to the ocean. The population is just shy of 32 million, surpassing Chile but falling below Colombia. Monthly wages are on the upswing at 1680.67 Peruvian Sol (roughly US$519), with a minimum wage of 850 Peruvian Sol.

The capital city, Lima, is experiencing rapid growth and the government is allocating investment towards more infrastructure and improving public transportation. Foreign investors are paying close attention to the new Cuzco airport which offers easier access to Machu Picchu, though has caught some local scrutiny. Peru offers multiple visas for foreigners interested in the business sector, but these visas can come with an unwanted amount of red tape. Continue reading…

Doing Business in Ecuador: What You Need to Know

Ecuador is a geographically small, Andean country rich in history and home to 16.1 million people, which makes it nearly the same size as Chile by population. The capital city, Quito, is officially recognized as a world heritage site by the United Nations. In recent years, Ecuador has transformed into a much more stable place to do business with one of the best performing economies in Latin America.

With relatively easy access to the US, many companies are coming to Ecuador to take advantage of its excellent trade routes, sometimes friendly trade agreements, and dynamic workforce. The minimum wage raised to $375 USD this year, ranking as one of the highest in South America. Ecuador’s close proximity to bordering countries, Colombia and Peru, make it a prime location for trade and a source for cheaper materials. Continue reading…