Investor and Advisor Behavior in Latin American Can Make Startups Univestable

We see many startups each year that have problems with their cap table that can make them uninvestable. Many times, its a founder who isn’t working but still has a significant chunk of the company. Other times it’s investor and advisors with big chunks of the company, but not providing value. I wrote a post […]

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How to Come Up With Startup Ideas

My latest El Mercurio column was about how to come up with startup ideas and how many would be founders get this piece wrong. Paul Graham’s how to get startup ideas is the foundation for this post. A version of this post originally appeared in Spanish with the title Cómo encontrar ideas para emprender. From the link: […]

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Startup Valuations Created By Government Investments Aren’t Real and Can Hurt Startups

The Chilean government, via CORFO, has been seeding the entrepreneurial ecosystem to help build startups. They’ve done a great job, but there can always be room for improvement. I wrote a blog post about synthetic valuations created by government and government backed incubators and accelerators and how they can hurt startups. From the article: The […]

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Tips for Foreigner Entrepreneurs Doing Business in Latin America

I wrote a blog post about how to do business in Latin America that I think will be helpful to entrepreneurs, especially non Latin American natives. It’s a modified version of a talk I gave to Startup Chile. When Startup Chile invited me to share my advice for new foreign entrepreneurs doing business in Latin […]

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Charge US Prices with Latin American Costs

My latest El Mercurio column is about one of the business lines that we love to invest in at Magma Partners: companies that have their tech teams in Latin American, but sell into the US market. A version of this post originally appeared in Spanish as a column in El Mercurio, with the title Startups: vender a precios […]

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Edtech Startup Edoome Launches In All Chilean Public Schools

Portfolio company Edoome recently secured a partnership with the Chilean Ministry of Education to roll out their product to all chilean public schools. I wrote a more detailed analysis of why this is big news on my personal blog. From the link: Edoome (AngelList profile), a social learning management platform that turns classrooms into an online […]

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Ttanti: Patagonia Wood Watches Launches Kickstarter

Update: Ttanti’s Kickstarter was funded with $32,000!

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Two Years of Magma

It’s been two years since Francisco, Diego and I started investing in Latin American startups at Magma Partners. I wrote a detailed blog post with all of our investment data and our portfolio companies on my personal blog in a post called Magma at Two Years. Some of the highlights: Here’s what we’ve done so far: 500+ […]

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Latin America Ecommerce Opportunities Case Study

I wrote a case study about a small ecommerce test that my friends and I ran for a few years in Chile. This post is most applicable to smaller countries like Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador and Peru, but also has some good information for Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. Brazil is a different story. Hopefully my case […]

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Nathan Lustig’s List of Most Important YCombinator and Stanford How To Startup Lectures

I watched all 19 classes from Stanford and YCombinator’s How to Startup class and curated the classes that have been most useful to me in helping companies that we have invested in. You should really watch all of the classes, but if you only have time to watch some of them, I’ve created a list […]

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