Tag: mexico

Nico Barawid, Casai: Providing Consistently High-Quality Hospitality in Mexico, Ep 147

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:

  • [1:42]- Identifying the problem in the hospitality industry
  • [4:43]- Standardizing the variability of accomodations
  • [7:09]- Who is Nico Barawid?
  • [9:23]- What did your consulting and startup background teach you?
  • [11:39]- What is the best advice you have for someone starting a startup?
  • [13:26]- Picking your startup; what should you look for?
  • [15:53]- Why start Casai in Mexico?
  • [18:18]- Hiring local talent
  • [20:10]- Getting Casai off the ground
  • [22:43]- LatAm and US funds; how did you raise capital?
  • [26:30]- Growing from the first fund to pre-COVID-19
  • [28:40]- Surviving COVID-19 in the hospitality industry
  • [33:30]- What advice would you give your San Francisco self?
  • [38:14]- What is next for Casai?

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

Bismarck Lepe, Wizeline: Building innovative end-to-end products worldwide, Ep 141

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 Wizeline
  • [3:30] – The vision behind the expansion plan
  • [5:10] – Bismarck’s nomadic upbringing
  • [6:38] – On building wealth
  • [8:29] – Entrepreneurship in the media
  • [10:40] – From medicine to startups
  • [13:04] – Leaving Google
  • [14:02] – Lessons learned from starting, building, scaling, and selling a business
  • [16:33] – Advice on dealing with boards
  • [17:54] – The Telstra deal
  • [20:00] – Starting the next company
  • [22:34] – What it takes to be successful
  • [26:25] – Guadalajara’s tech ecosystem 
  • [32:55] – Advice to Bismarck’s younger self
  • [34:25] – Books, blogs, & podcast recommendations
  • [35:20] – What’s next for the companies?

Show notes on Latamlist.com.

David Poritz, Credijusto: Bringing financial inclusion to SMEs in Latin America, Ep 140

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:

  • [1:56] – About Credijusto
  • [4:48] – Going into tech with a social sciences background
  • [7:12] – A customer-centric approach
  • [9:02] – SME lending in 2015
  • [11:07] – On getting started
  • [13:09] – Credijusto’s inflection point
  • [15:22] – Growing the team
  • [18:22] – Credijusto and impact investing
  • [21:09] – SME lending space
  • [23:44] – Advice to David’s younger self
  • [25:17] – What’s next for Credijusto?

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.

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:

  • [1:25] – 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.