Latin America’s entrepreneurs are solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges, yet there is only minimal English language coverage of their work. As a result, these stories remain confined to the region, hidden away in their native Spanish or Portuguese.
With major English-language tech publications covering only the biggest stories, generally $20M+ fundraising and big ticket acquisitions from the region’s most prominent startups who have been funded by US venture capitalists, English speakers only have limited access to insights on Latin America’s booming startup ecosystem.
After we started the Crossing Borders Podcast ~1 year ago to highlight entrepreneurs with amazing stories with some connection to Latin America, the feedback was overwhelming. Building on what we’d started, we realized that there was a pressing need to bring the US and Latin American startup ecosystems closer together and to keep the English-speaking public informed of current events in Latin American entrepreneurship.
To solve this issue, we launched a new Latin American tech news site, called LatAm List to cover the stories that the English tech media isn’t covering. These stories are already being shared by mostly Spanish-language sources like PulsoSocial, El Mercurio, La República, and many more and many are aggregated into the great LAVCA bi-weekly English newsletter. Unfortunately, the language barrier prevents these narratives from reaching a wider, more global audience. (more…)