Category: Crossing Borders Podcast

Ep 18 Guimar Vaca Sittic, Building and Investing in International Online Marketplaces

Guimar Vaca Sittic - online marketplaces funding

With the success of huge marketplace companies like Amazon, it might be easy to think that new online marketplaces are not going to work out very well, but my guest on this episode has demonstrated over and over that it’s simply not the case. Guimar Vaca Sittic is an Argentinian entrepreneur who has built successful online marketplaces himself and who now is a venture parter at FJ Labs, which focuses primarily on US and international marketplaces. You’ll find his story and perspective very inspiring and helpful.

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Ep 17 Codie Sanchez, Championing Diversity and Encouraging Investment in Latin America

Codie Sanchez

Codie Sanchez is not your ordinary financial expert. She started out as a journalist, writing about human trafficking and abuses going on just over the southern border of the U.S. That is, until she wrote her last story about the abandoned women of Mexico. That’s when she realized that she needed to be doing more than just writing about the issues in the world – she needed to do something about them.

You’ll hear how Codie used the opportunities afforded her as a U.S. citizen to learn all she can about the power structures of the world so that she can leverage them to make a difference.

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Ep 16 Santiago Zavala, Investing in Latin American Startups

santiago zavala - investing in Latin America through startups

Investing in Latin American startups is not the first thing that was on Santiago Zavala’s radar growing up. Even though he grew up in a home where his father was working in tech from the early days of the internet, Santiago wasn’t drawn to the finance side of business at that point. He was totally into programming. He’d have been the last person to anticipate what would happen in his life.

This conversation tells of the unexpected path of a man who’s become intricately involved in the VC scene for startups in Latin America. His involvement in his own Mexico-based startup accelerator and then transitioning into running 500 Startups in Mexico has given him a wealth of experience and insight into what it takes for a startup in Latin America to be successful. It’s an intriguing conversation you won’t want to miss.

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Ep 15 Brian Requarth, Building THE Online Portal for Real Estate in Brazil

brian requarth - real estate in brazil

Can you imagine what it would be like to be from the US, but trying to build a successful company in Latin America? My guest on this episode did exactly that. Brian Requarth took advantage of his season in life as a young guy who’d just finished college to try his hand in the entrepreneurial world. He’d spent a little time in Latin America so he decided to integrate his experience into his business ideas.

The result many years later is VivaReal, an online portal for real estate in Brazil, one of the largest Latin American markets. On this episode you’re going to hear Brian’s story, how he’s grown personally and has learned many valuable but hard lessons as co-founder of a very successful Latin American startup that’s raised more than $74M in venture capital.  
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