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

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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

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