When you meet startup founder Tomás Vega, you won’t get too far into the conversation before he tells you that he wants to become a Cyborg!
What Tomás is doing is crazy. The good type of crazy. The break-boundaries-of-science type of crazy. The type of crazy Linda Rottenberg, founder of Endeavor, talks about in her book Crazy is a Compliment.
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.
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.”
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.
Here are some reasons why you should take advantage of the current situation in Latin America to launch a startup:
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:
Global startups are hiring local teams.
Return of Peruvians trained abroad.
Corporate-startup knowledge transfer.
Here is the full article that with ideas for both startups and corporates looking to connect with talent:
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:
Es importante celebrar los hitos que vas cumpliendo como emprendedor. Es una forma de mantener la sanidad ante la adversidad que afrontas.
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.
Startup skills can be learned, but mostly outside the classroom. Instead of studying for an MBA, many young professionals in Latin America are going to work at global and regional startups.Continue reading “Startup MBA”
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”