Category: Crossing Borders Podcast

Andrea Baba, Fitco: Digitizing the Latin American Fitness Industry, Ep 125

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:

  • [1:50] – About Fitco
  • [2:30] – The entrepreneurial mindset
  • [5:00] – Solving her own problem
  • [6:29] – Focusing on a tech tool
  • [7:49] –  Catalysts of change in the Peruvian ecosystem
  • [12:44] – Techstars Boulder Accelerator
  • [17:46] – Advice for going through an accelerator
  • [21:13] – Responding to the lockdown
  • [24:43] – Being a female founder in Latam vs. the US
  • [27:43] – Books, blogs, & podcast recommendations
  • [28:52] – Advice to Andrea’s younger self
  • [30:23] – What’s next for Fitco?

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

Mariana Castillo, Ben & Frank: Direct-to-Consumer Eyewear for Mexicans, Ep 124

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:

  • [2:10] – About Ben & Frank
  • [2:36] – Traditional retail experience for eyewear in Mexico
  • [3:55] – Mexican roots, nomadic upbringing
  • [4:53] – Entrepreneurial journey
  • [5:40] – Internship at ALLVP
  • [7:38] – Lessons learned at the Central Bank and ALLVP
  • [8:36] – Why tackle this specific problem?
  • [9:42] – Ben & Frank’s inflection point
  • [12:26] – Building a brand in Mexico
  • [13:58] – Insights into Latam’s direct-to-consumer category
  • [15:14] – Competing with traditional retailers
  • [18:13] – Expanding Mexican direct-to-consumer brands
  • [19:05] – Advice to Mariana’s younger self
  • [19:33] – Fundraising for a direct-to-consumer startup
  • [24:14] – Being a female founder in Latam
  • [27:26] – Avoiding biases in the VC ecosystem 
  • [30:00] – What’s next for Mariana and Ben & Frank?

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

Claire Díaz-Ortiz, Magma Partners: Helping Latin American Female Founders Thrive, Ep 123

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:

  • [2:00] – Claire joining Magma
  • [2:34] – Brava’s first four investments 
  • [3:28] – About Brava
  • [4:25] – The business case for investing in women
  • [11:15] – Magma’s diverse team
  • [12:30] – Working with the Vatican
  • [20:55] – Lessons learned from running a nonprofit 
  • [24:40] – Investing in US versus LatAm
  • [27:12] – Books, blogs, & podcast recommendations
  • [28:22] – Advice to Claire’s younger self
  • [29:37] – What’s next for Brava + Magma Partners?

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

Dan Green, Gunderson Dettmer: Startup Corporate Structures for Latin America and Silicon Valley, Ep 122

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:

  • [1:32] – About Gunderson Dettmer
  • [2:16] – From Silicon Valley to Latam
  • [6:59] – Changes in the ecosystem
  • [11:08] – What corporate structure should you have?
  • [19:19] – What you need to know about Delaware Corporations
  • [22:16] – Setting up in Cayman

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

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