Tag: mexico

Mariana Castillo, Ben & Frank: Direct-to-Consumer Eyewear for Mexicans, Ep 124

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:

  • [2:10] – About Ben & Frank
  • [2:36] – Traditional retail experience for eyewear in Mexico
  • [3:55] – Mexican roots, nomadic upbringing
  • [4:53] – Entrepreneurial journey
  • [5:40] – Internship at ALLVP
  • [7:38] – Lessons learned at the Central Bank and ALLVP
  • [8:36] – Why tackle this specific problem?
  • [9:42] – Ben & Frank’s inflection point
  • [12:26] – Building a brand in Mexico
  • [13:58] – Insights into Latam’s direct-to-consumer category
  • [15:14] – Competing with traditional retailers
  • [18:13] – Expanding Mexican direct-to-consumer brands
  • [19:05] – Advice to Mariana’s younger self
  • [19:33] – Fundraising for a direct-to-consumer startup
  • [24:14] – Being a female founder in Latam
  • [27:26] – Avoiding biases in the VC ecosystem 
  • [30:00] – What’s next for Mariana and Ben & Frank?

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

Santiago Pineda, Mensajeros Urbanos: Transforming Latin America’s Last-Mile Delivery Industry, Ep 120

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:

  • [1:35] – About Mensajeros Urbanos
  • [3:06] – Creating a marketplace for flowers in Colombia
  • [4:57] – An 18-year old entrepreneur
  • [5:52] – Winding down a business as a university student
  • [6:34] – Starting over again
  • [7:45] – Lessons learned from exiting Starbull
  • [10:18] – Mensajeros Urbanos’ story
  • [11:35] – Introducing new C-Levels to a company
  • [13:12] – Why logistics and last-mile deliveries?
  • [14:33] – Inflection point for Mensajers Urbanos
  • [15:55] – Looking into other markets
  • [17:51] – Growth versus positive unit economics
  • [19:48] – Advice to Santiago’s younger self
  • [20:21] – Top lessons learned in Santiago’s entrepreneurial journey
  • [21:27] – Books, blogs, and podcast recommendations
  • [22:23] – Next steps for Mensajeros Urbanos

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

Deepak Chhugani, Nuvocargo: Using Software to Modernize Trade between Mexico and USA, Ep 116

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:

  • [1:46] – About Nuvocargo
  • [2:40] – A multicultural upbringing
  • [4:15] – An Indian immigrant in Ecuador
  • [6:50] – Choosing entrepreneurship
  • [8:55] – Pivot into Nuvocargo
  • [17:40] – Investing in the team
  • [20:36] – Deepak’s unfair advantage
  • [23:03] – Import-export process in US-LatAm
  • [27:00] – Trade market size
  • [29:16] – Nuvocargo’s fundraising process
  • [32:50] – Books, blogs, & podcast recommendations
  • [34:14] – Advice to Deepak’s younger self
  • [35:44] – What’s next for Nuvocargo?

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

Martin Schrimpff, Zinobe: Bringing Credit to Underserved Markets, Ep 115

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:

  • [2:12] – About Centeo
  • [2:56] – Growing up in Colombia
  • [3:28] – Choosing to be an entrepreneur
  • [4:11] – Culture shocks in Latin America
  • [5:34] – First business: Sirius
  • [6:48] – Advice to entrepreneurs on developing a product
  • [9:48] – Starting a cashflow business
  • [11:06] – Payu’s milestones
  • [13:35] – On raising money after bootstrapping
  • [15:15] – Expanding Payu 
  • [16:26] – Starting Zinobe
  • [20:26] – Next project: Centeo
  • [22:16] – Lessons learned as an angel investor
  • [24:18] – Advice to Martin’s younger self
  • [26:12] – What’s next for Zinobe and Centeo?

Show notes on Latamlist.com.