Nathan Lustig

Benjamin Labra, Houm: Fixing Latin America’s broken real estate industry, Ep 148

You can now find the full show notes of the Crossing Borders podcast on LatamList.com’s new podcast section. I’ll still post the audio of the podcast on my blog and I’m planning to start writing more again on my blog, like I used to.

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Thanks for listening to Crossing Borders all these years! If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to reach out here, or contact me on social media.

Outline of this episode:

  • [1:10] – About Houm
  • [2:28] – Pain points of the real estate industry in LatAm
  • [4:00] – A family of real estate developers
  • [5:32] – On Chilean talent
  • [7:33] – Jumping into tech
  • [8:35] – Switching from the investment side to running a startup
  • [10:05] – Basics of renting a property
  • [13:20] – Speeding up the renting process
  • [16:17] – A change in US investors’ perception 
  • [18:52] – Challenges of operating remotely
  • [20:28] – Advice to entrepreneurs in smaller LatAm countries
  • [21:38] – Proptech boom in LatAm
  • [22:30] – Books, blogs, & podcast recommendations
  • [23:00] – Advice to Benjamin’s younger self

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

Nico Barawid, Casai: Providing Consistently High-Quality Hospitality in Mexico, Ep 147

You can now find the full show notes of the Crossing Borders podcast on LatamList.com’s new podcast section. I’ll still post the audio of the podcast on my blog and I’m planning to start writing more again on my blog, like I used to.

Subscribe to the LatamList Weekly newsletter to get updated on the week’s top tech news and stories from the region.

Thanks for listening to Crossing Borders all these years! If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to reach out here, or contact me on social media.

Outline of this episode:

  • [1:42]- Identifying the problem in the hospitality industry
  • [4:43]- Standardizing the variability of accomodations
  • [7:09]- Who is Nico Barawid?
  • [9:23]- What did your consulting and startup background teach you?
  • [11:39]- What is the best advice you have for someone starting a startup?
  • [13:26]- Picking your startup; what should you look for?
  • [15:53]- Why start Casai in Mexico?
  • [18:18]- Hiring local talent
  • [20:10]- Getting Casai off the ground
  • [22:43]- LatAm and US funds; how did you raise capital?
  • [26:30]- Growing from the first fund to pre-COVID-19
  • [28:40]- Surviving COVID-19 in the hospitality industry
  • [33:30]- What advice would you give your San Francisco self?
  • [38:14]- What is next for Casai?

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

Greatest Hits Episode: Daniel Bilbao, Fighting Fraud in Latin America, Ep 146

You can now find the full show notes of the Crossing Borders podcast on LatamList.com’s new podcast section. I’ll still post the audio of the podcast on my blog and I’m planning to start writing more again on my blog, like I used to.

Subscribe to the LatamList Weekly newsletter to get updated on the week’s top tech news and stories from the region.

Thanks for listening to Crossing Borders all these years! If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to reach out here, or contact me on social media.

Outline of this episode:

  • [1:30] – Nathan introduces Daniel
  • [2:14] – Why is fraud a big problem to solve in Latin America?
  • [7:08] – The difference between background checks in LatAm and the US
  • [9:42] – Growing up in Cali, Colombia
  • [12:48] – How startup failure led to Paladin Cyber
  • [14:10] – Where did you get the attitude to give back to your home country?
  • [16:14] – Lessons learned in Daniel’s childhood
  • [19:32] – Why Truora likes to hire very junior engineers
  • [20:21] – Lessons learned from Beepy
  • [22:38] – How does experience with Beepy and Rappi influence Truora?
  • [25:37] – Why transparency is important at a startup
  • [26:14] – How to build the Truora team
  • [27:16] – How does the app work?
  • [28:35] – How to raise money for Truora
  • [30:51] – Top tips for companies applying to YC
  • [32:41] – How to get the most out of YC?
  • [33:30] – Advice for founders raising money in LatAm
  • [35:36] – What’s next for Truora?
  • [36:53] – Daniel’s recommended resources
  • [38:12] – Daniel’s advice to his younger self

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

Greatest Hits Episode: Federico Vega, Transforming Transport Logistics in Latin America, Ep 145

You can now find the full show notes of the Crossing Borders podcast on LatamList.com’s new podcast section. I’ll still post the audio of the podcast on my blog and I’m planning to start writing more again on my blog, like I used to.

Subscribe to the LatamList Weekly newsletter to get updated on the week’s top tech news and stories from the region.

Thanks for listening to Crossing Borders all these years! If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to reach out here, or contact me on social media.

Outline of this episode

  • [1:24] – Federico’s background and current business – CargoX: Uber for trucks
  • [4:03] – How did a guy from a small town in Patagonia build this kind of business?
  • [8:12] – The response of family and friends when Federico decided to leave his cushy job
  • [11:07] – Running his startup from a toilet stall – breaking into his own
  • [14:39] – How Federico shut down his startup, regrouped, and started with a new USP
  • [15:51] – Starting over: raise funds or find clients?
  • [19:55] – The turning point that made the business take off
  • [23:57] – Advice to founders about raising money
  • [28:28] – Why silicon valley investors should consider Latin American companies
  • [30:14] – What would Federico tell himself if he could advise himself from the start
  • [34:58] – The next steps for CargoX

Show notes on Latamlist.com.