I’ve been in Latin America for a little over eight years, first going to Chile in 2010. I spent the first five in Santiago, Chile, first going through Start-Up Chile, starting Andes Property, and then cofounding Magma Partners. Since 2015, I’ve split my time between Colombia, Mexico, Chile, and the US, and have been able to spend time in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and more, as we expanded Magma Partners across the region. I’ve truly been a nomad. I haven’t spent more than 6 weeks in a row in any location since I started this odyssey.
During my 8 years in Latin America, I’ve learned about culture, doing business, and the opportunities available to both local and foreign investors. I’ve been writing about Latin America since 2010 and having conversations with top entrepreneurs and investors on the Crossing Borders Podcast since 2017.
Crossing Borders: A Venture Capitalist’s Guide to Doing Business in Latin America is a way to share what I’ve learned, along with these amazing entrepreneurs’ stories. My goal is to help foreigners and locals interested in pursuing business in Latin America get a jump start on their research. I also want to help the Latin American entrepreneurs covered in this book share their stories more broadly.
Check out interviews with Cornershop CEO Daniel Undurraga, Jooycar founder Maria Paz Gillet, Uala CEO Pierpaolo Barbieri, Movile CEO Fabricio Bloisi, Start-Up Chile’s previous Executive Director Rocio Fonseca, Parallel 18 Directo Sebastian Vidal, GroupRaise’s Devin Baptiste, Kevin Valdez and Sean Park, Magma China’s Jie Hao, Gricha CEO Alba Rodriguez, Abartys Health’s Lauren Cascio, David Lloyd from Intern Group, David Assael and David Basulto from Archdaily, CargoX’s Federico Vega, Psafe’s Marco DeMello, Brian Requarth, Santiago Zavala from 500 Startups, Antonio Nunes from Mercadoni, Patricio Williams Becu, Alejandro Freund from YaEsta, Jose Caya Cayasso, Carlos Jordan and more.
I also cover key Latin American industries like venture capital, blockchain, and fintech, as well as the biggest technology trends affecting the region today.
I feature Latin America’s most prominent tech hubs, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Chile, and have overviews of less developed ecosystems like Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, and emerging regions like Central America and the Caribbean.
My goal is to help you get a feel for each country and give you an idea of who you might want to contact if you’re thinking of living, working, and doing business in each country. I hope you enjoy Crossing Borders: A venture capitalists guide to doing business in Latin America.