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Outline of this episode:
- [01:06] – The backstory of creating coffee without coffee beans
- [02:30] – Why is coffee the perfect target?
- [03:28] – Why does coffee contribute to climate change?
- [04:10] – Why do we need to brew coffee without coffee beans?
- [05:10] – Two minute background on Maricel
- [06:05] – First startup experience
- [06:40] – Singularity University and meeting her first co-founder in the synthetic biology field
- [07:10] – From fighting bacteria to fighting climate change
- [08:03] – Can we do something for climate change now?
- [08:40] – From climate anxiety to taking action
- [09:27] – How to take action fighting climate change
- [12:00] – Opening jobs at Compound Foods
- [13:05] – What does it take to build a company like Compound?
- [14:05] – From Costa Rica to the Bay Area
- [15:33] – Fundraising for a live product
- [16:25] – Thoughts on fundraising
- [17:35] – Why is Compound not a synthetic food company?
- [19:50] – What does the future look like?
- [21:05] – What are the next steps for the business?
- [22:09] – What advice would you give to yourself when you were first getting into tech?
Show notes on Latamlist.com
In honor of the seventh edition of the IDB’s WeXchange annual event taking place in Asunción, Paraguay next week, this episode highlights the stories of seven women from both sides of the investment table featured in past Crossing Borders episodes. These high performers share their experiences of what it’s like being a woman in technology in Latin America.
This episode starts off with a55’s Jackie Hyland talking about how gender balanced teams improve the long-term health of a business, and Lab4U’s Komal Dadlani talking about her experience as a female founder in science.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest global threats that most people don’t know much about. It has the potential to take us back to the days when a small cut could kill you. Maricel Saenz is tackling this problem head on with NextBiotics, a company creating new tools to kill antibiotic resistant bacteria.
If that wasn’t enough, she’s taking on antiquated stereotypes of Latin American and female founders. Have you ever heard of a male entrepreneur getting asked if he is dating his female co-founder? Maricel Saenz was advised that she should disclose that she had no personal relationship with her male co-founder near the beginning of her pitch. Maricel has bigger battles to win: specifically, the battle against drug resistant bacteria. Originally from Costa Rica, Maricel has worked in Canada, the US, Asia and South Africa to try to solve big global problems; listen in to learn how she decided to cofound NextBiotics, her most recent endeavor.
I sat down with Maricel Saenz in this episode of Crossing Borders to talk about her experience in entrepreneurship, her decision to solve hard problems, raising finance for a biotech startup in Silicon Valley, and her decision to study at Singularity University. Maricel also offers advice to female and Latin American would-be founders to help them get their first endeavor off the ground.