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3 Investors Reveal an Inside View of the Latin American Startup Scene in Podcasts

Posted on Friday, Jan 19th 2018

Throughout Latin America, the number of online buyers and ecommerce sales are expected to continue to increase significantly over the next few years. While Latin America consists of more than 20 countries, the region is dominated by six key markets – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. Stretching from the northern border of Mexico to the southern tip of South America, including the Caribbean, a number of startup hubs have emerged within these key markets. All good news for entrepreneurs.

Several investors focused on the Latin America startup scene shared their perspectives and discussed the trends in the market with me. If you are an entrepreneur with an interest in the region, you will gain an insider’s view by listening to these three 30-minute podcast interviews.

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Why the Indian Market Continues to Disappoint

Posted on Monday, Jan 15th 2018

Indian B-to-C startups started off with huge promise and were constantly compared with China’s Alibaba. But the reality has been consistently sobering. The Economist offers some excellent analysis on the phenomenon in two articles: India’s missing middle class and India has a hole where its middle class should be.

Some notable points:

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Seed Investors On How They Decide What To Finance In Podcasts

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 10th 2018

Startup entrepreneurs interested in seeking financing should learn how seed investors decide what to invest in. Different investors look for various qualities in the entrepreneurs and startups that are presented to them. Previous experiences, domain expertise, and revenue run rate are obvious qualities to check. Entrepreneurs stress-tested by tragic circumstances may not be. Listen to the following seed investors discuss their decision-making processes, their portfolios, fund sizes, and more during these recent 30-minute podcast interviews.

Laurel Touby, Managing Partner at Supernode Ventures, and a former entrepreneur and avid angel investor, has now launched her new institutional pre-seed fund.

John Frankel, Partner at ff Venture Capital, discusses the firm’s investment thesis as well as key trends in the industry.

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Investors Discuss E-Commerce Startup Trends in Podcasts

Posted on Friday, Jan 5th 2018

Entrepreneurs working on e-commerce startups face unique challenges today. You can learn more about the trends investors specializing in e-commerce startup financing are seeing by listening to the following 30-minute podcast interviews. These VCs and seed investors also discuss the key indicators they look for in the startups they invest in.

Daniel Gulati, Principal and Head of Seed Investment Practice at Comcast Ventures, discusses e-commerce startup trends and what can and cannot be venture financed at this stage, and why.

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The Future of Silicon Valley

Posted on Monday, Jan 1st 2018

We saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi last week. It feels dated.

All these alternate realities are essentially religious stories, which is why they’ve achieved cult status.

I love Harry Potter. Some love Lord of the Rings. All good vs. evil stories in epic style.

I’m in the mood for post-religious stories.

The world isn’t black and white. It’s full of gray.

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Where Are the Real Leaders?

Posted on Friday, Dec 29th 2017

We saw Darkest Hour this week.

The year is 1940. Belgium and Holland have fallen to Hitler’s Germany. France is within days of defeat. England within days of attack. With 300,000 troops stuck in Dunkirk, Churchill becomes prime minister. No one wins by negotiating with a dictator. No nation has survived by surrendering. Churchill operates with instinct and courage, as he turns down Mussolini’s offer to negotiate peace with Hitler.

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Greed Has Built. Will Greed Also Destroy?

Posted on Wednesday, Dec 27th 2017

We saw recently on Netflix Ken Burns’ documentary, The West.

Between the Spanish conquistadors and the Jeffersonian Americans, with some contribution from the British and the French, the American Indians and twenty one million buffalos were wiped off the American West.

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Let’s Go Beyond Superficial Virtual Interactions in 2018

Posted on Friday, Dec 22nd 2017

I started a literary group about a year ago focused on serious literary works. We call it Caravanserai Literati. I have always been passionate about literature. This endeavor, however, is a return to serious study of literature at a level that I haven’t engaged in since my last semester in college when I read a dozen major literary works in a single semester. That was the Spring of 1993.

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