Alejandro Gálvez, 99 Startups: From Latin American angel investor to starting a VC fund, Ep 191

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:

  • [01:30] – About 99 Startups
  • [01:45] – Alejandro’s background
  • [02:45] – Investing in real estate 
  • [03:43] – From tech enthusiast to angel investor
  • [06:00] – Networking
  • [07:18] – Angel investing versus fund investing
  • [08:54] – Why did Alejandro start a fund?
  • [10:20] – Alejandro’s podcast Fundadores
  • [11:12] – Biggest lessons from producing a podcast
  • [12:50] – 99 Startups’ thesis
  • [14:46] – Reaching out to 99 Startups
  • [15:14] – Advice to younger self 
  • [15:53] – Book and documentary recommendations 
  • [17:00] – What’s next for 99 Startups? 

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Cristobal Perdomo, Wollef: Inside the ups and downs of VC in LatAm, Ep 190

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:

  • [00:31] – Introduction to Cristobal
  • [00:31] – Cristobal’s quick overview of changes in the ecosystem in the past five years
  • [04:34] – Thoughts on tourist capital and tourist entrepreneurs
  • [06:54] – Wollef’s evolution as a VC fund
  • [12:10] – Changes in Wollef from fund 1 to fund 3
  • [14:58] – Lessons learned from fund to fund
  • [18:40] – The most interesting countries to invest in right now
  • [21:41] – Thoughts on Colombia and the entrepreneur’s mindset
  • [29:23] – Technology’s role in economic development
  • [30:09] – Cristobal’s opinion on web3 and crypto
  • [33:12] – Documentaries and podcast recommendations
  • [34:37] – Advice to a younger Cristobal
  • [36:41] – Indie vs Unicornio, Cristobal’s new podcast

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Fernando Sucre, R5: Helping Colombians improve their financial health, Ep 189

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:

  • [01:10] – About R5
  • [01:37] – Insurance and lending for vehicles in Colombia
  • [03:07] – Fernando’s background
  • [03:50] – Steps that Fernando took to start his own business
  • [07:50] – Fernando’s decision to move to Colombia
  • [09:22] – About ComparaMejor
  • [10:32] – Starting a tech company in 2011 in Colombia
  • [13:37] – From R5’s idea to creating a business
  • [16:41] – How R5 became the business it is today
  • [19:29] – Special characteristics of the Colombian lending and insurance market
  • [21:08] – Advice to younger self
  • [22:34] – Book and podcast recommendations
  • [24:25] – What’s next for R5

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Cinthia Merlos, Vexi: Helping Mexicans Build Credit, Ep 188

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:

  • [01:18]: About Vexi
  • [03:53]: Cinthia’s background
  • [06:54]: Cinthia’s motivations
  • [07:51]: Breaking into the entrepreneurial world
  • [09:21]: Lessons learned from her corporate career
  • [11:23]: Best thing about building Vexi as a business
  • [12:15]: Where is Vexi heading to
  • [13:36]: How are people using their credit card
  • [16:06]: Cinthia’s books and podcasts recommendations

Shownotes on Latamlist.com