Category: Crossing Borders Podcast

Greatest Hits Episode: Gabriela Estrada, Vexi: Bringing Credit to the Underbanked in Mexico, Ep 168

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:

  • [1:17] – About Vexi and Gabriela
  • [3:25] – On Vexi’s client base
  • [7:54] – From Chihuahua to chilanga
  • [9:32] – Falling in love with entrepreneurship
  • [12:11] – Being a woman in finance in Mexico
  • [13:50] – Lessons learned from working in banks
  • [15:56] – Reaction from friends and family
  • [17:39] – Choosing Vexi and financial inclusion
  • [19:34] – Credit vs. debit
  • [22:24] – Avoiding loan sharks
  • [24:01] – Tackling financial illiteracy
  • [25:50] – Raising money as a female founder
  • [29:45] – Recommendations on books, blogs, or podcasts
  • [30:56] – Advice on taking the leap 
  • [32:02] – What’s next for Vexi?

Shownotes on Latamlist.com

Stefan Moller, Klar: Changing the way Mexicans think about money, Ep 167

Stafan Moller

You can now find the full show notes of the Crossing Borders podcast on LatamList.com’s 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:

  • [01:35] – About Klar
  • [02:01] – How Klar is an alternative to traditional financial services
  • [03:55] – The problem with traditional banks 
  • [05:30] – Stefan’s background
  • [07:35] – Growing up across different cultures 
  • [09:16] – Stories of Stefan’s past businesses
  • [11:25] – Lessons learned through his path in entrepreneurship 
  • [13:00] – Why did Stefan fund Klar?
  • [15:50] – Creating Klar from the start
  • [18:38] – Stefan’s take on neobanks
  • [20:58] – Discussing the exit of Citi’s retail banking from Mexico
  • [22:58] – Fintech’s strategy of bundling services and products
  • [25:05] – Raising funding rounds for Klar 
  • [27:15] – Advice for younger self
  • [29:26] – Book recommendations
  • [30:30] – The future of Klar

Shownotes on Latamlist.com

Banafsheh Fathieh, Prosus Ventures: Betting on Latin American entrepreneurial spirit, Ep 166

Banafsheh Fathieh photo

You can now find the full show notes of the Crossing Borders podcast on LatamList.com’s 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:

  • [01:25] – About Prosus Ventures
  • [02:47] – What types of companies does Prosus invest in?
  • [05:40] – Banafsheh’s background
  • [07:59] – Diplomatic training’s lessons
  • [09:17] – First connection to Latin America
  • [12:15] – Evolution of investment thesis in Latin America.
  • [15:39] – Receiving investment from a fund vs. from Prosus Ventures
  • [18:23] – Some of Prosus’ most interesting investments
  • [23:02] – Being a bullish investor for Latin America
  • [27:30] – Advice for founders
  • [29:15] – Banafsheh’s recommendations
  • [30:30] – Advice to Banafsheh’s younger self
  • [32:18] – What’s next for Prosus Ventures?

Shownotes on Latamlist.com

Doménica Obando, Talently: Creating the next tech talent hub in Latin America, Ep 165

You can now find the full show notes of the Crossing Borders podcast on LatamList.com’s 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:

  • [01:30] – About Talently .
  • [01:54] – Talently’s value proposition.
  • [03:27] – Improving the income of tech professionals.
  • [05:40] – Latin America as a tech talent hub.
  • [06:41] – Doménica’s background.
  • [09:53] – The importance of English proficiency.
  • [11:37] – Pros and cons of working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
  • [15:00] – Lessons learned from past working experiences.
  • [16:40] – The path to product-market fit.
  • [19:14] – Pivoting, from  Andi to Talently.
  • [21:27] – A multi-country startup.
  • [24:32] – Talently’s impact in Latam.
  • [26:25] – Advice for her younger self.
  • [27:10] – Doménica’s book recommendations.
  • [27:45] – What’s next for Talently?

Shownotes on Latamlist.com