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…

Brazil Venture Capital Overview

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This post is the fifth in a series about Latin American venture capital ecosystems. Read Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

I recently wrote about the growing business opportunities in Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world and home to one of the most tech-savvy populations in Latin America. Despite the recent political turbulence and recession, Brazilian startups are still attracting plenty of attention from investors. New government initiatives and a growing interest from foreign investors are building momentum for Brazil’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

If you’re an investor or seeking funding opportunities for your venture, below is a brief overview of the venture capital ecosystem in Brazil.

Angel Investors

Anjos do Brasil – Anjos do Brasil is a nonprofit founded in 2011 to help further the development of angel investment in Brazil. The organization has over 16 affiliated groups and 350 members across the entire country.

Startup Angels – Startup Angels is an international network that inspires and enables angel investors worldwide, with an office in São Paulo, Brazil’s financial capital. Continue reading…

Ep 31 Sean Park, How GroupRaise Became The Tastiest Way to Change the World

Sometimes the best ideas happen while sharing a meal. In the case of GroupRaise, it’s not just ideas that get shared, but a percentage of the profits as well. GroupRaise is a fundraising organization that partners with restaurants across 50 states to offer time slots where local organizations and international charities can book fundraisers in a few clicks. But most people don’t realize that GroupRaise is one of the most cost effective ways of getting new clients into the restaurant and getting them to come back again. Of 100 people who go to a GroupRaise, 40 are new clients, 82 spend more than average and 96 come back in the future!

On this episode of Crossing Borders, Sean Park, one of the GroupRaise co-founders, joined me at the Magma Partners office in Chile to talk about how he helped start the tastiest way to change the world. This is a great conversation I think you will enjoy!

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Doing Business in Central America

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Although incredibly diverse, the smaller countries in Central America still face a number of structural and cultural barriers that continue to hold them back. According to the Wall Street Journal, the “Northern Triangle” of Central America – which includes Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador – is one of the world’s most dangerous regions. Heavy drug trafficking and powerful organized-crime networks have overwhelmed the region’s governmental institutions, creating a vicious circle of poverty and violence. These problems were exacerbated after 9/11 when increased US vigilance in the Gulf of Mexico forced more drug trafficking overland, through Central America.

Thanks to the internet and the widespread adoption of mobile devices, we’re seeing the first doors opening for a new age of development in Central America in the form of entrepreneurs and innovators trying to capitalize on opportunities in countries like Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Here’s a brief overview of the current business environment in some of the smaller countries in Central America.    Continue reading…