Álvaro Silberstein, Wheel the World: Exploring the World through Accessible Travel Experiences, Ep 129

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:

  • [1:56] – About Wheel the World
  • [5:27] – A family of entrepreneurs
  • [8:03] – Why this business?
  • [11:21] – The inflection point
  • [14:00] –  Fundraising process for Wheel the World
  • [18:48] – Impact of COVID-19 on business
  • [21:09] – Advice to Alvaro’s younger self 
  • [22:05] – Books, blogs, & podcast recommendations
  • [24:00] – What’s next for Wheel the World?

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

Javier García, Femsa: Creating opportunities to collaborate with the best startups in Latin America, Ep 128

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.

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:

  • [1:41] – About FEMSA
  • [7:30] – Mechanical engineering in Monterrey
  • [11:55] – FEMSA’s investment strategy
  • [23:52] – Recommendations for working with big companies
  • [29:38] – Lessons learned from collaborating with startups
  • [36:24] – Advice to Javier’s younger self
  • [38:16] – Books, blogs, & podcast recommendations
  • [42:11] – What’s next for Javier and FEMSA ventures?

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

A Covid Crossroads in the US

In the US, Covid has gotten much worse in the past four weeks, especially in the Upper Midwest. While there’s some good news, the odds of a non-linear disaster are the highest they’ve been since New York’s first surge.

In the past two weeks, the number of people I know with Covid in the US has gone up massively. As I write, 10 people in my close group of friends or their direct families have active Covid. Most of them took precautions. Luckily, most look like they will escape serious primary health issues. Two look to be pretty sick.

Since March, I’ve been lucky to be able to isolate during this pandemic. The longest I’d spent in one location in a row since from June 2015 until March 2020 was six weeks. Now I haven’t moved in 8 months.

I was going to fly to spend winter in a warmer location. I saw the new numbers, especially the sobering Covid Risk Map, which said that in Wisconsin, there’s a ~95% chance there’s at least one active Covid case in a random group of 25 people, implying ~3-5 active Covid cases on my flight. My friends parents got Covid flying from Florida to Wisconsin. I stayed in Wisconsin.

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Manuel Olguín, Keynua: Bringing E-signatures to the Latin American market, Ep 127

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.

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

  • [1:18] – About Keynua’s solution
  • [6:35] – Manuel’s nomadic upbringing
  • [7:20] – A serial entrepreneur 
  • [8:38] – Lessons learned from his first ventures
  • [9:39] – Why Cinepapaya?
  • [11:14] – Pivoting due to competition
  • [13:26] – Building a business in Latam in 2012
  • [15:23] – Cinepapaya’s regional expansion
  • [17:47]  – Getting acquired by Fandango
  • [19:55] – Why Keynua?
  • [22:18] – Latam’s notary market
  • [26:00] – The YC experience
  • [27:27] – Getting started with Keynua
  • [29:57] – Advice to Manuel’s younger self
  • [30:56] – Books, blogs, & podcast recommendations
  • [31:46] –  What’s next for Keynua

Show notes on Latamlist.com.