Preparing for a new wave of startup founders in Peru

I am a big believer in the capacity of the founders currently leading Peru’s startup community. I also am optimistic about the future due to the emergence of Peruvians who have earned leadership positions in top tech companies.

Over the past few years, Peruvians working in Silicon Valley have been a steady presence in Peru’s startup community. PeruSV is a group of Peruvians in Silicon Valley that organizes the annual Techosuyo conference. The Peru chapter of Swiss EP has done significant work to help connect Peruvians abroad with the local ecosystem.

Now, the number of tech professionals is getting larger and they are taking on leadership roles.

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Haystack News fosters Peru’s tech talent

Daniel Barreto, may be a lesser known actor in the Lima startup community, but his impact is huge.

Daniel is CEO and co-founder of Haystack News, a U.S.-based startup that offers a better way to consume digital news content. Daniel is also a mentor at StartX, a top accelerator program in the U.S. where Haytack News is a portfolio company. Haystack is described in the App Store as “your go-to for hyper-relevant news, from local coverage to global current events. It’s the best way to watch a variety of coverage, all in one place, and absolutely free.

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Now or never: Why you should leave your job and launch a startup

What are you waiting for? 

There is never a “good” time to leave your job and launch a startup. But for professionals in Latin America, this might be the best time. The current political and economic uncertainty in Latin America is worrying for large corporations. Startups, on the other hand, thrive on solving problems in challenging times.

Photo by Lachlan Dempsey on Unsplash

Here are some reasons why you should take advantage of the current situation in Latin America to launch a startup:

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Tech talent in Peru

Talent is not a one way street. It enters (and leaves) startup ecosystems in many ways. I recently wrote a post for Get on Board about talent for startups in Peru and the ways talented technology professionals are entering our adding energy and insights to our startup community.

Three ways talent is connecting in Peru:
  1. Global startups are hiring local teams.
  2. Return of Peruvians trained abroad.
  3. Corporate-startup knowledge transfer.

Here is the full article that with ideas for both startups and corporates looking to connect with talent:

How Peruvian startups can connect with talent

You can read more posts and learn about tech talent in Peru and Latin America at Get on Board’s Medium site here.

El porqué detrás de Codeable

Hace 9 meses me uní a Able, un Venture Studio de Nueva York, para ser parte del equipo fundador de Codeable, un bootcamp intensivo de 6 meses donde entrenamos a los alumnos para que se vuelvan full stack web developers. 

El viernes 9 de agosto graduamos al primer grupo de alumnos. He decidido compartir el discurso de graduación por dos motivos:

  1. Es importante celebrar los hitos que vas cumpliendo como emprendedor. Es una forma de mantener la sanidad ante la adversidad que afrontas.
  2. Demuestra la misión detrás de la iniciativa que empezamos. Tener una misión que va más allá del componente económico es clave para poder dedicarle ese adicional cuando todo parece que se complica.
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2 cosas que no te dicen sobre tu “línea de carrera”

Era común pensar en las compañías grandes y establecidas como la mejor opción para desarrollarse profesionalmente (línea de carrera). Sin embargo, va quedando cada vez más claro que las startups y organizaciones relacionadas pueden generar mejores oportunidades de desarrollo.

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La Mafia de MESA 24/7

Le pusieron el nombre de PayPal Mafia a un grupo conformado por los primeros trabajadores de PayPal que luego fundaron, invirtieron, o ayudaron a desarrollar empresas tecnológicas de altísimo impacto: Tesla, LinkedIn, YouTube, SpaceX, Yelp, Reddit, Quora, entre otras. Continue reading “La Mafia de MESA 24/7”