Nathan Lustig

Brynne McNulty Rojas: Leading Colombia’s Real Estate Industry into the Future, Ep 135

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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Outline of this episode:

  • [1:44] – About Habi
  • [2:20] – Buying and selling a property in Colombia
  • [4:25] – From New Jersey to Colombia
  • [5:54] – Brynne’s previous stops before starting Habi
  • [8:50] – Starting something of her own
  • [9:47] – Why Habi started with an MLS and Ibuyer model
  • [12:06] – Buying and selling a property through Habi
  • [13:10] – Habi’s experience while fundraising 
  • [15:10] – Advice on raising money from the US for a Colombian solution
  • [16:41] – Habi’s next milestones
  • [17:26] – Advice to Brynne’s younger self

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

James Currier, NFX: Transforming How Innovators are Funded, Ep 130

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:

  • [1:40] – About NFX 
  • [2:36] – Big returns from Latin America
  • [5:49] – Lessons learned as a founder
  • [10:19] – Things to consider for co-founder dynamics
  • [13:00] – NFX selection criteria for founding teams
  • [15:57] – NFX’s investment thesis
  • [20:00] – Servicing the founders
  • [24:08] – A meeting with NFX
  • [29:42] – What’s next for NFX?

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

A Covid Crossroads in the US

In the US, Covid has gotten much worse in the past four weeks, especially in the Upper Midwest. While there’s some good news, the odds of a non-linear disaster are the highest they’ve been since New York’s first surge.

In the past two weeks, the number of people I know with Covid in the US has gone up massively. As I write, 10 people in my close group of friends or their direct families have active Covid. Most of them took precautions. Luckily, most look like they will escape serious primary health issues. Two look to be pretty sick.

Since March, I’ve been lucky to be able to isolate during this pandemic. The longest I’d spent in one location in a row since from June 2015 until March 2020 was six weeks. Now I haven’t moved in 8 months.

I was going to fly to spend winter in a warmer location. I saw the new numbers, especially the sobering Covid Risk Map, which said that in Wisconsin, there’s a ~95% chance there’s at least one active Covid case in a random group of 25 people, implying ~3-5 active Covid cases on my flight. My friends parents got Covid flying from Florida to Wisconsin. I stayed in Wisconsin.

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Don’t Believe The Polls, Trump Can Win Again

Donald Trump has a very good chance of being our next president. I wrote these same words in August 2016. I’m writing them again in August 2020.

The polls don’t matter. Biden’s 2020 lead is the same as Hillary’s in 2016. Swing states are still extremely close.

Trump has done a great job of riling up his base, using manipulative tricks, exaggerations and lies to try to scare the US into electing him again. He is the Troll in Chief, and it’s working. Again.

His Republican enablers all know that Trump is breaking norms (and the law), taking more personal power and imperiling our democracy.

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