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

Banafsheh Fathieh photo

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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?

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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.

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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?

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Greatest Hits Episode: Daniel Undurraga: The Story Behind the Cornershop Acquisition, Ep 164

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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Outline of this episode:

  • [1:21] – Nathan introduces Daneil Undurraga
  • [2:02] – Inside the acquisition process
  • [5:07] – How has living in different places influenced your life?
  • [6:06] – What do you see in Chile now?
  • [9:14] – Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
  • [12:00] – What was it like trying to raise money in 2007 in Chile?
  • [14:12] – The background on Needish
  • [21:02] – Why did you decide to go to San Francisco?
  • [24:58] – VCs in LatAm or US?
  • [26:22] – What was your experience with Chilean funds?
  • [28:00] – Advice for founders on raising money
  • [29:50] – How can copycat companies be successful in LatAm?
  • [31:00] – Why launch in two countries at once?
  • [32:40] – Stay in one country or target the region?
  • [34:15] – When did you know the company would succeed?
  • [36:00] – If you could make one change to the LatAm ecosystem, what would it be?
  • [38:10] – What’s next for you and Cornershop?
  • [39:15] – Daniels advice to his younger self

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Luis Rubén Chávez, Zenfi: Building credit score awareness for Mexicans, Ep 163

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.

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Outline of this episode:

  • [01:09] – About Zenfi 
  • [02:10] – Zenfi’s credit scores
  • [03:22] – Misconceptions and inefficiencies of the credit scoring system
  • [05:20] – Zenfi in numbers
  • [08:47] – Luis Rubén’s background
  • [11:10] – Why is the traditional financial system stalled?
  • [15:30] – Zenfi’s fintech marketplace
  • [19:31] – The fintech ecosystem in Mexico in the last 5 years
  • [25:10] – Reading recommendations
  • [28:01] – Advice for a younger Luis Rubén
  • [31:45] – The future of Zenfi

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