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On this episode Pat sits down with Robin Butler, Partner and Head of Impact at frontier investment firm, Sturgeon Capital. Robin eloquently unpacks the $300bn opportunity in frontier markets in Central Asia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Egypt and how you can combine profit and impact making a lasting impact on growth and innovation in these markets. You will learn about: Sturgeon's thesis and why these marketsHow Robin thinks about the challenges in frontier ecosystems in terms of dealflow depth and breadth as well as capital poolsThe impact of the Airlift story going south and what is means for the Pakistani ecosystem going forwardHow to align impact and profit in a venture firm You can follow Robin on LinkedIn here, make sure to check out the piece on Sturgeon Capital in the Generalist and their very own Substack Terra Incognita 
On this episode Pat sits down with Wenyi Cai, Co-Founder and CEO of Latin American venture studio Polymath. We dive into Wenyi's journey into LatAm, the region's similarities with Asia, Polymath's approach to venture building and designing business and much more. On this episode you will learn about: The characteristics of the Latin American middle class and why is it difficult to service them Parallels between Asia / China and LatAm in terms of building business for the middle class Polymath's playbook on designing digital businesses Deep dive into social commerce app Elenas and how they scaled beyond Polymath's early stage backing You can find Wenyi on LinkedIn here. 
On this episode Pat sits down with Noureddine Tayebi, founder and CEO of leading ride-hailing super app Yassir, the YC-backed company started out in 2017 to provide on-demand services in French-speaking Africa quickly scaling beyond its native Algeria into neighbouring Morocco and Tunisia. Last year the company closed a historic US$30M Series-A backed by the likes of WndrCo, FJ Labs, DN Capital, Kismet and Endeavor Catalyst. Now they just announced a US$ 150M Series-B led by BOND, with participation from DN Capital, Dorsal Capital, Quiet Capital, Stanford Alumni Ventures (aka Spike Ventures) and Y Combinator, among other strategic investors.On this episode you will learn about: The state of the startup ecosystem in Magreb and the opportunityHow to overcome hurdles in tech adoption in B2C by creating trustYassir's scale-up journey and lessons learnedThe importance of paying-it-forward and inspiring future generations of entrepreneursYou can find Noureddine on LinkedIn here.
On this episode Pat sits down with Jacobo Singer, President of leading payment processor dLocal. During the conversation, they dive into the company's expansion journey from tiny Uruguay onto conquering huge markets such as Brazil and India, the company methodology on identifying and promoting talent from within and how they are trailblazing their way onto the African continent. Jacobo is currently based out of South Africa to lead the company's expansion across the continent. On this episode you will learn about: Jacobo's rise inside the company from software engineer to CTO to COO and PresidentdLocal's unique no-frills, down to earth culture and their persistent customer focusTheir expansion playbook and how they are changing the payments infrastructure in emerging markets You can find Jacobo on LinkedIn here. 
On this episode Pat sits down with one of the veterans of the tech investment space, Francisco Alvarez-Demalde, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Riverwood Capital. Alongside the 15 years of the firm, Francisco has seen it all and provides valuable insights into how to build a generational firm, how to extract the most value from boards and his key investment criteria. On this episode you will learn about: The origin story of Riverwood Capital Francisco's take on identifying and harnessing talentAdding value on boards How to ensure a clear investment focus and doubling down on what you are good at.You can find Francisco on LinkedIn here. 
On this episode Pat sits down with Clara Gold, former Director of Growth and Product of Latin American superapp Rappi. We dive into her journey, how Rappi has evolved along those years and how she personally grew within the company as it went through hyper growth. The narrative ties the Rappi expansion years to the growth of the LatAm ecosystem, putting into context how fundamental those years where. You will learn about:How to grow with the companyWhy a culture of hustling and relentless execution matters Picking a person to work for rather than a specific role The Softbank moment and how it has changed Rappi, if at all...You can find Clara on LinkedIn and Twitter. For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
On this episode Pat sits down with Matt Cole, CEO of Suma SaaS to talk about his approach to leadership, how leadership styles have to evolve in VUCA environments and what makes a successful leader. We also dive into his journey into startups in LatAm and the future plans for Suma. On this episode you will learn about: What makes a successful leaderWhat is paradoxical leadership and how to implement it Why coaching is critical to evolve and grow your leadership skillsYou can find Matt on LinkedIn here. For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
On this episode Pat sits down with Tiago Costa Alves, Golden Gate's first EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence) to talk about doing business and scaling in SEA, his own journey into startups and the region, what the EIR role is about and why it made sense for Golden Gate to embrace it. On this episode you will learn about: Cultural differences in and across SEA What to be aware of when scaling tech teams in the region The startup opportunity in SEAWhy an EIR adds value to any fund and what are the core activitiesYou can follow Tiago on LinkedIn here. For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
This episode is a recording from a panel conversation at Endeavor on the "Deciphering LatAm VC" study, a research that dives into how LatAm VCs make decisions, are structured and add value. The conversation starts with a brief 15min presentation by Pat on the core findings of the study and then dives into a panel discussion with Magdalena Coronel (CIO @IDB Labs), Daniela Izquierdo (CEO & Co-Founder, Foodology), Andy Tsao (SVB), Adolfo Blasco (Nazca). We dive into: The current state of venture in LatAmThe role of foreign capital for larger financing roundsWhat the current downturn means for the region Check out the full study here and the video of the conversation here.For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
On this episode Pat sat down with Seedstars Co-Founder and CIO Charlie Graham Brown to dissect the evolution of investing and entrepreneurship in emerging markets over the last decade, how Seedstars got off the ground and what is next for the organisation. On this episode you will learn about: Charlie's way into the world of startupsThe origins of Seedstars and what is next for the organisationHow to build high performing growth teams You can find Charlie on LinkedIn here. For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
On this episode Pat sits down with Dan Green, Partner and Co-Head of the Latin America Practice of Gunderson Dettmer, a leading global law firm on VC transactions. Based on his decade long experience as legal counsel on some of the most important transactions in LatAm, we dive into the current macro-situation and what it means for entrepreneurs out there fundraising and negotiating with VCs. Dan provides crucial tips and lessons on how to manoeuvre, the current environment, how to create leverage, which deal features to be aware of and how to find common ground. On this episode you will learn about: How we got there? Was last year not healthy? Which contractual features you should pay attention to? How to manage negotiations and keep emotions out of the process You can find Dan on LinkedIn here. For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
On this episode Pat sits down with Allen Taylor, Managing Director of Endeavor Catalyst, Endeavor's own investment vehicle that invests in a rules-based manner into Endeavor entrepreneurs in the nonprofits +40 markets.We dive into how the fund has scaled from its early beginnings in 2012 to the recently announced close of fund IV with a US$292M fund size. On this episode you will learn about: Allen's career with Endeavor The current macro-environment and how it translates into a changed funding reality in emerging markets How to manoeuvre downturns What is next for the fund and how its structure doubles down on Endeavor's missionYou can find Allen on LinkedIn here. For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
On this episode Pat sat down with Rafaella Baraldo, CEO and Co-Founder of DeFi startup Pods to discuss the potential of DeFi to fix some of the challenges in traditional finance, her journey as a founder and any lessons learned along the way. On this episode you will learn about: The failures of traditional banking and how it can be fixed through DeFiCentralised vs. De-centralised financial systems Building a crypto startup and any challenges along the wayFundraising journey of PodsBrazil's DeFi ecosystem and potentialYou can find Rafaella Baraldo on LinkedIn here.For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
On this episode Pat sat down with Federico Gómez Romero, Principal at Seaya Cathay Latam, Seaya and Cathay's new joint venture for investing collectively in LatAm. We explore Fede's own journey into venture, the motives behind Seaya and Cathay joining forces and among others making the most out of cross-pollination for your international portfolio. On this episode you will learn about: Behind the scenes look into the formation of Seaya Cathay LatAm Inflection points in the LatAm ecosystem and parallels to SEA How to analyse a deal opportunity and make the most of due diligenceYou can find Fede on LinkedIn here. For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
On this episode Patrick sat down with Marcelo Sampaio, Co-Founder and CEO of Brazilian crypto startup Hashdex to discuss the state of crypto in LatAm, its potential to unlock value for the general public and his scale-up journey bringing crypto investing to the mainstream. On this episode you will learn about:Marcelo's journey from a successful career at Microsoft and Oracle Why crypto provides a tremendous opportunity for the LatAm ecosystem How crypto can unlock value for the wider public Hashdex approach to democratising crypto investing and working with the system rather than against itMarcelo's take on fundraising for crypto startups and what to be aware of You can find Marcelo on LinkedIn here. For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
On this episode Patrick sat down with Luiz Ribeiro, Managing Director and Co-Head of General Atlantic's Brazilian office to unpack the implications of the current macro environment on venture and startups. During the conversation, we dive also into Luiz's own journey, adding value on boards and Luiz's tips to prepare a company to go publicOn this episode you will learn about: GA's beginnings, their approach on investing and their cultureHow to manoeuvre market corrections and advice for investors and entrepreneursThe potential of LatAm as a region and what is next New trends on investing of lines between public and private investing becoming increasingly blurry Luiz's laundry list to prepare a company to go publicYou can find Luiz on LinkedIn here. For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
On this episode Patrick sat down with Janan Knust, Founder & CEO of Chilean logistics startup Klog to learn more about his fascinating journey into the world of startups, the inception for Klog, why we need more standardisation in global supply chains to fix some of the inherent problems and lessons on trust & faith to be a successful leaderOn this episode you will learn about: Janan's eclectic style to founding Klog and inspiring his team on being uncomfortable all the timeHis mantra on trust and faith to get the troops lined up behind himHow KLog fixes some of the challenges in the global supply chain Bootstrapping the company to US$ 100M in revenues and any lessons learnedYou can find Janan on LinkedIn here.For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
On this episode Pat sat down with Patrick Arippol (Co-Founder) & Bianca Martinelli (Partner) of Brazilian / LatAm VC Alexia to talk about the thesis of the firm, their respective journeys into venture and their take on adding value to founders.  On this episode you will learn about: How to craft the thesis of a VC Are moats ever sustainable and the lock-in effects of tech enabled communitiesHow to make the most out of boards What metrics Alexia is looking for in sharpening their investment decisionYou can find Bianca on LinkedIn here and Patrick there. For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
On this episode Patrick sat down with Quona Co-Founder and Managing Partner Monica Brand Engel. This is a truly special conversation as we dive into Monica's multicultural upbringing and how it shaped her way to see the world. Monica makes a compelling case on how the lines between profit and purpose become increasingly blurred and how investing in financial inclusion can provide a solution to one of the world's greatest problems, poverty. On this episode you will learn about: Monica's journey into venture The founding of Quona as a spin-off of leading financial inclusion non-profit Accion Tips for managing a productive board and how to add value as an investorHow to behave as an investor when "shit hits the fan" You can find Monica on LinkedIn and Twitter. Find out more about Quona on their website. For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
Flavia Buchmann is Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at NotCo, a leading alternative protein brand that creates delicious food products such as Milk, Burgers and Ice-Cream without sacrificing taste or texture. After a successful corporate career at Unilever and Coca Cola, Flavia joined the NotCompany in 2019 to lead their global marketing and branding efforts. She is based in New York City with her husband and family.We dive into her journey into the world of startups, lessons for other consumer brands on brand building and positioning, all about the NotConcept (and why not everything NotCo does is called Not) and how they set up their internal agency "NotAgency."On this episode you well learn about: Flavia's transition from corporate into startups and any tips for others making the switchLeading branding and marketing at one of the leading food techs globally and all it entails Lessons learned on NotCo's internal agency and why not everything at NotCo is called Not Behind the scenes look into NotCo's response to Alpro's similar brandingYou can find Flavia on LinkedIn here. For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.
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