Tag: latin america

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

Banafsheh Fathieh photo

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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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:

  • [01:25] – 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?

Shownotes on Latamlist.com

Santiago Aparicio, Ontop: Building the future of work from Latin America, Ep 158

Santiago Aparicio

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:

  • [02:18] – About Ontop
  • [02:39] – Top line metrics from Ontop
  • [02:39] – Santiago’s background
  • [04:53] – On joining Rappi
  • [07:05] – Launching Fitpal
  • [08:48] – Santiago’s biggest lessons
  • [13:54] – Coming up with the idea for Ontop
  • [14:23] – Fundraising for Ontop
  • [17:13] – The crazy world of fundraising
  • [18:42] – On building a sales engine
  • [19:14] – The best salesman (or woman)
  • [21:00] – Predictable metrics
  • [23:52] – The big milestones
  • [27:33] – Being famous is not being successful
  • [28:13] – Advice for a younger Santiago
  • [31:06] – How to hit network effects
  • [32:48] – The importance of hard conversations
  • [34:11] – The future of work

Show notes on Latamlist.com

Jose Miguel Cortes, Fondo de Fondos: Promoting the private equity and venture capital ecosystem in Mexico and Latin America, Ep 137

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:

  • [1:25] – About Fondo de Fondos
  • [3:06] – From engineer to investor
  • [6:27] – Goal behind Fondo de Fondos
  • [9:49] – Investing in funds
  • [11:55] – Raising money for a fund of funds
  • [15:36] – Ticket sizes at Fondo de Fondos
  • [16:40] – Insights on the VC market in Mexico and LatAm
  • [21:09] – Attracting local and foreign investors to the region
  • [23:27] – The importance of impact investing
  • [26:28] – Advice to Jose Miguel’s younger self
  • [27:36] – Books, blogs, and podcast recommendations
  • [28:49] – What’s next for Fondo de Fondos?

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

Alejandro Freund: The journey of shutting down a Latin American startup, Ep 132

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:

  • [1:35] – Building Rappi in Ecuador 
  • [2:26] – YaEsta in 2017
  • [5:18] – Winding down the company
  • [23:18] – What would you have done differently?
  • [28:05] – Advice to other founders going through tough times
  • [33:02] – Knowing when to shut down

Show notes on Latamlist.com.