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 team– who have appeared on previous episodes of the Crossing Borders podcast to share their advice to founders from Latin America on how to get started.
This episode starts off with GroupRaise’s Sean Park who reflects on what he has learned since starting his online restaurant reservation platform. Next, is Matías Rivera, founder of Fanatiz, who talks about his perspective on resistance to change. Kevin Valdez, also co-founder of GroupRaise, explains how advice from his father has shaped his outlook on life. Keteka’s Jack Fischl, talks about what he would have told 2014-Jack on managing a company. Emmanuel Oquendo from BrainHi then explains what it means to be a CEO and how he applies that to his everyday life.
Next, Base Operations’ Cory Siskind shares her insights on the importance of building the right team from the get-go. Daniel Bilbao from Truora reflects on his entrepreneurial timeline and how he would have done things differently. Our partner, Pedro Pablo del Campo, shares some humbling words to keep in mind as an entrepreneur.
Marta Forero, founder of Ubits gives advice to women looking to expand their business and raise money in the US. Then Diego Caicedo from OmniBnk, shares lessons he´s learned about doing business over the years. Finally, our advisor, Neil Coleman provides advice on how to get through tough situations.
Magma Entrepreneurs’ full-length episodes:
- Sean Park, GroupRaise: How GroupRaise Became The Tastiest Way to Change the World, Ep 31
- Matías Rivera, Fanatiz: Building Businesses and Replanting Patagonian Trees, Ep 73
- Kevin Valdez, GroupRaise: From Guatemala to GroupRaise, Ep 39
- Jack Fischl, Keteka: Taking Tourists off the Beaten Path with Keteka, Ep 51
- Emmanuel Oquendo, BrainHi: How Brainhi Rebounded from Hurricane Maria to Become Puerto Rico’s First YCombinator Company, Ep 68
- Cory Siskind, Base Operations: Using Technology to Secure Global Workforces, Ep 81
- Daniel Bilbao, Truora: Fighting Fraud in Latin America, Ep 80
- Pedro Pablo del Campo: Building Bridges Between Latin America & the USA, Ep 55
- Marta Forero, Ubits: Driving Economic Growth in Latin America via Corporate Education, Ep 74
- Diego Caicedo, Portal Finance: Streamlining Small Business Finance in Latin America with Portal Finance, Ep 53
- Neil Coleman: Creating an International Market Expansion Strategy, Ep 28
- [0:57] Sean Park – Lessons learned
- [2:32] Matías Rivera – Advice to younger self
- [3:26] Kevin Valdez – Advice from his father
- [5:26] Jack Fischl – Advice to younger self
- [7:02] Emmanuel Oquendo – Advice to younger self
- [8:36] Cory Siskind – Advice to younger self
- [9:36] Daniel Bilbao – Advice to younger self
- [10:25] Pedro Pablo del Campo – Advice to younger self
- [11:15] Marta Forero – Advice for women entrepreneurs
- [12:45] Diego Caicedo – Advice to younger self
- [14:50] Neil Coleman – Advice to younger self