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Get inspired by Latin America’s most prominent tech founders and investors. They share personal and actionable insights on how to scale, raise capital, and become a better leader. Presented by Brian Requarth, Latitud’s cofounder.

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Rafael Costa has been investing in Latin American startups for a decade. He's seen the development of the tech investing scene in LatAm by being an investor in growth equity firms like Vulcan Capital, and by sitting on the board of companies like Loft and Neon.This experience has opened Rafael's eyes to the opportunity of bridging tech communities in Latin America and the United States. He's now a general partner at Across Capital. The cross-border investment fund aims to leverage that geographic connection, transforming it into a competitive advantage for startups. In this episode, Rafael Costa and I talk about:How the Latin American startup ecosystem has evolved in the past decade, and at which point of the cycle we're currently in;Latin America's unique market dynamics, and Across Capital's thesis of connecting the tech scenes in the region and in the US;Rafael Costa's view on fund size, company sourcing, and the next few years for founders and investors.My name's Brian Requarth and this is the Latitud Podcast. Vamos, Latam!Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
Born in Colombia but raised in the US, Brian York went back to Latin America a few years ago. He not only discovered his roots but also a mission -- driving value to the Colombian startup ecosystem, and generating economic and social progress with that.Brian's now a co-founder and the CEO of Cubbo, a startup that provides logistics to e-commerce players. He's also sharing everything he has learned and is still learning about tech entrepreneurship through social media, in the spirit of building in public.In this episode, Brian York and I talk about:- His personal story and the challenges he went through on his own startups;- Why and how Brian started building in public through TikTok;- His advice on fundraising, from how to build a relationship with investors to the perfect valuation of a pre-Seed startup.My name's Brian Requarth and this is the Latitud Podcast. Vamos LatAm!Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
As a lawyer, Jorge Vargas Neto met fintech founders like David Vélez from Nubank and Sergio Furio from Creditas. He got so inspired that he decided to become a fintech founder himself.After exiting two startups to the unicorns PagSeguro and Rappi, Jorge is now on his third journey as a fintech founder. BHub offers back-office-as-a-service for startups and traditional SMBs. They have accomplished a ton in the last couple of years. We have the pleasure of being their first check. They're supporters of our Vamos Latam Summit. And we're customers.But in this episode, Jorge and I talked about:- The lessons he learned from his first two fintechs, and what made him want to be a fintech founder for the third time;- BHub's fundraising journey, and making the decision of how much to spend or to save;- And how Jorge sees competition and culture in a startup.My name's Brian Requarth and this is the Latitud Podcast. Vamos, Latam!Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
Tractian is part of a small LatAm startup club that focuses on hardware and software. This was a decision that Gabriel Lameirinhas, Igor Marinelli, and Leonardo Vieira took early on. And it was a necessary step to solve a massive global problem: making factories more efficient.The hard work has paid off, and Tractian now supports hundreds of clients and monitors thousands of machines in Brazil and Mexico. There's much to learn about identifying pains and winning over clients, even when you're facing a difficult environment.In this episode, Leonardo and I talk about:- Tractian's early days, from discovering the problem to nailing the customer acquisition strategy;- How the startup went beyond Brazilian borders and conquered sales in Mexico; - Leonardo's advice on fundraising in a tough market and building a deep tech startup in Latin America.Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
Fabien Mendez grew up in France but discovered his entrepreneurial vein in Latin America. That calling led to one of Brazil's biggest startups. Loggi became a unicorn back in 2019. Now, it moves 300 thousand packages every day across the country. But these numbers don't tell how hard the journey has been, from convincing early investors to adapting to regulations and new business models.In this episode, Fabien and I talk about:His first startup, and how that "epic fail" later helped in his fundraising for Loggi;How Loggi went from an asset-light first phase to an asset-intensive second phase, and what Loggi's third phase looks like;Fabien's most humbling experience, and what he's learned from the difficult transition from CEO to chairman.Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
Bernardo Cordero has always liked to be one of the first people to arrive at the scene. That was the case with Linio, an e-commerce company created more than a decade ago. That was also the case with STARTegy, his venture builder for fintechs. Finally, history repeated itself when he co-founded the real estate business Flat. These years in tech entrepreneurship have taught Bernardo valuable lessons on how to make the best use of blue oceans. His learnings go from retaining the best employees to picking the right initiatives to scale.In this episode, Bernardo and I talked about:- How to balance family life and business life, and how to retain top talent in the early days of a startup;- Bernardo's endeavors in e-commerce, fintech, and real estate, and what other opportunities Latin American startup founders will need to seize;- What Bernardo looks for as a startup investor, and the main lessons he shares with founders.My name's Brian Requarth and this is the Latitud Podcast. Vamos, Latam!Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
Mar Hershenson has done it all. She's been a VP of product development and a co-founder of three successful startups.With 14 patents under her belt and a passion for teaching, Mar has joined us today to share her insights on:What it takes to succeed in the startup world, Experience as a managing partner at Pear VC to Her early bet on DoorDash, Thoughts on the role of academia in the startup ecosystem and much more.  You won't want to miss a word of this conversation.Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
Growing up in the Bahamas gave Stevon Darling an interesting world vision. He started his career studying to be a doctor but later was exposed to finance education and found his calling. He was, until very recently, the CIO of H2O Capital,  an investment company that focuses on large and valuable companies in LatAm. Stevon faces another key moment in his career, founding a neobank for the Caribbean and Central America. We discussed his upbringing, the work and numbers of H2O, investing in LatAm, the forecast for 2023, and his current mission to empower Central America and the Caribbean with capital access. Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
Hugh Strange worked as a VP of product at Nubank. As you know, being a company devoted to innovation and product development, his work there was full of rich and broad experiences. In our conversation, Hugh shared how to choose the right technology, build the ideal team, use product development for growth, incorporate the company's culture into the work, and some history behind product decisions.It was an insightful conversation, and I look forward to hearing about his next adventures. Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
This is an open and honest conversation full of lessons and ideas from a dynamic and curious founder: Marcelo Lombardo. As a kid, He used to build electronic equipment for fun, buying parts, dismantling, and building them back again. His obsession with understanding how things work led him to start coding, giving him the critical thinking he needed to envision product development opportunities. In this episode, you will see that Marcelo loves to share his learnings, processes, journey, and results. Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
This is a special episode about a product we have been working on for some time now. Meridian is the business account for LatAm startups. You can manage your company's runway, move capital across borders, and keep your flow of funds compliant. To learn more about Meridian, go to https://meridian.latitud.com/In this conversation with Patrick Kolencherry, we discussed the latest developments with Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), our decision to launch Meridian, and why it is a revolutionary fintech product. Vamos LatAm! Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
Mercedes grew up in a household where inventions, product ideas, and web development were discussed at the dinner table. That unique environment created a curious-minded person who started her professional career on Wall-street but later became a startup founder and investor. Today she is part of Lightspeed venture partners. We discussed her interest in fintech, crypto, NFTs, LatAm investing, and much more. Show notes: Mercedes Bent's article on Crypto Utility. https://medium.com/lightspeed-venture-partners/the-future-of-crypto-native-consumer-products-part-3-utility-229e605bc3daHey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
It's 2023, and all startups are trying to find answers to profound questions that may affect their present and future existence.  We invited back Dan Green from Gunderson Dettmer for a series of special episodes where we will focus on vital legal and financial information.Dan works with all corporate and securities law areas, including company formation and financing, debt transactions, and investor-side financings. He got an exceptional eye for the Latam Startup universe. In this episode, we have a chance to overview what is happening with so many companies right now and discuss fundraising, down and extension rounds, dilutions, debt, vesting, and other crucial financial and legal topics.Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
Yuri Danilchenko is Latitud's tech-co founder, and I have introduced him many times before.  Personally, what I find very compelling about his story is that we can see clearly how his personal experience helped shape who he is and how he works. He was born naturally curious about technology and is a great translator between product x business, and tech. He grew up in Russia during some history-defining moments and moved to the US, where he got his masters in Artificial Intelligence. He worked at several startups and, later, in Brazil, he co-founded Vamos. In this episode, we discussed: The tech job market. How to attract and keep talent. Where the technology is heading, and how this will impact our lives and work. Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
It takes an effort of titans to elevate the startup ecosystem in Latam. At Latitud, we know it's not possible to do it alone; that's why we partnered with Jeeves to help provide access to financial tools to help founders in the most critical stages of their startups.In today's episode, we will have an honest conversation with four great talents: Dileep from Jeeves, Antonia from ALLVP, Gabriel from a16z, and Jonathan from Investo. We will focus on demystifying fundraising for Latin American startups. There is a lot of good information here, and I am sure it will be helpful for everyone, especially considering the outlook for 2023. Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
While searching for a new home for her family, Brynne saw an opportunity to introduce much-needed transparency and speed into the real estate market in Colombia. Today, the company she co-founded, Habi, is a leading start-up in the field. Brynne and I talked about: The journey to start a business in Colombia. Her personal experience with real-estate technology.  How they adapted their business and work due to the pandemic. Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
In the world of startups, Elad Gil has done it all. He's been an executive, entrepreneur, investor, or advisor for so many successful companies: Airbnb, Gusto, Stripe, Square, Google and Twitter, to name a few.  Today he is the co-founder of Color Genomics and describes himself as A Startup Helper. We couldn't agree more.In a conversation with the entire Latitud Team, Elad talked about:the current state of startupsheadcount and budget adjustmentsaccess to investmentand how he chooses where to focus his time and energy.Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
Before being COO at Milo, a consumer internet startup eBay acquired in 2010, Wenyi was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in the Middle East, Africa, & South Asia. Today she is the CEO and co-founder of Polymath, a venture studio that builds digital platforms to empower the middle class in Latin America. Wenyi and I talked about her passion and reasons for developing companies specifically for the middle class in Latam and Polymath's model based on co-building with corporate partners.Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
Ten years ago, the entrepreneur and lawyer Cristobal Perdomo decided to "take a risk on those who risk it all." That's when he became the co-founder and general partner of Wollef. The Latin American VC firm has invested in over 30 companies since 2013. Five unicorns came out of this portfolio: Jeeves, Kavak, Konfio, Loft, and Nubank.Today, Cristobal and I talked about:His entrepreneurial mindset since the age of 17. How he moved from business development to VC. Great insights on how to pick the right company and founder to invest in. The importance of teamwork. Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
Ryan Bloomer founded the venture capital firm K50 six years ago, after building two companies, an accelerator, a venture studio, and a founder community. With K50, Ryan had an ambitious goal in mind: betting on startups building a better future for the 99% in the US and in Latin America.Since then, K50 has invested in no less than 180 startups, with pre-Seed and Seed rounds in sectors such as finance, healthcare, and future of work. Fintual, Frubana, Osana, and Tul are some examples of K50's thesis in action.Today, Ryan and I talk about:His trajectory up to K50 Ventures, and on what startups and founders the firm bets inside the early-stage space;Why Ryan started a founder community back in 2008, how it followed a decentralized support model, and the thesis of investing in diverse geographies;Ryan's vision on valuations for early-stage startups, the drive for solving huge problems and creating a legacy, and the one investment that exemplifies K50's thesis.Hey, open your startup the right way, request early access to Meridian's international account, or start by signing up for our newsletter.Follow us on Linkedin / Twitter / Instagram / Podcast.
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