Recently Clip became the first Mexican unicorn in fintech by raising a $250 million dollar financing round at a valuation close to $2 billions. An amazing and well-deserved achievement for Adolfo Babatz and his team at Clip. I’m very happy and humbled to have been able to join Adolfo and Clip in this journey since almost the beginning. At Dalus I led our investment in their seed round and later led their Series A financing round.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to share and discuss our investment thesis at the time we invested in Clip. We are very proud that Clip’s path and results were close to what we envision in our investment analysis which resulted in our investment in 2013.
Below you will find a selection of books I recommend from what I have been reading in recent months.
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates. I highly recommend this very clear explanation of the climate change challenges and interesting ideas and policy recommendations from Bill Gates.
The New Climate War by Michael E. Mann. Mann, a recognized climate change expert, explain the strategies and tactics of climate change deniers and inactivists to obstruct the fight against climate change. This book is an eye opener.
Half-Earth by Edward O. Wilson. Terrifying account of the biodiversity loss the world is experiencing.
I have not written in this blog for some months now, but I will restart with this article. Many of us continue to be in lockdowns due the pandemic, so in this post, I will recommend board games instead of my regular book recommendations as a tool for home entertainment. I have been a fan of board games (the recreational games for fun, not politics in companies’ Boards 😬) since I was a teenager.
Board games are a great way to have fun and interact with family and friends during the confinements many of us have experienced during the pandemic. For me, game time is also a great way to disconnect from my day-to-day and helps me manage stress.
Around two months ago, several venture capital investors from Latin America were invited/challenged to establish open office hours by Twitter user @Esmartinvestor with one tweet:
I decided to take on the idea (as well as several of my fellow Latin American colleagues) and started right away opening my schedule for 20-minute zoom meetings that anybody could schedule. This is one more way to support the development of the ecosystem in the region.
I am very happy to report that Sirena, one of our investments, has been acquired by Zenvia, a great Brazilian company which is the leading communication platform in Latin America. This is a great result for Sirena, its founders and its investors!
Sirena was founded by Migue Morkin, Lautaro Schiaffino, Eze Sculli and Julian Bender. After some pivots over the years, Sirena became a SaaS tool to digitize business teams to sell and carry out customer service via messaging apps. You can read more about Sirena, Zenvia and the acquisition here.
El ITBA y MIT Sloan – mi alma mater -están buscando emprendedores latinoamericanos para participar en la competencia de emprendimiento $100k LATAM.
Hay tres categorías – Pitch, Accelerate y Launch – para emprendimientos de base tecnológica en diversas etapas de desarrollo que tengan la capacidad de generar impacto económico, social y/o ambiental en la región.
Les comparto el video de un panel reciente organizado por HubBOG sobre la inversión en startups en la nueva normalidad. Con la participación de Juan Pablo Cappello, Allan Jarry y yo, moderado por René Rojas. Tuvimos una conversación muy amena e interesante sobre que está pasando y los retos y oportunidades en la nueva normalidad post-pandemia.
The coronavirus landed in Latin America in February. Since then, governments across Latin America have taken different actions to protect their populations and contain COVID-19’s spread. What kind of support do Latin America’s health systems need? What actions can be taken to protect the most vulnerable? What tools can help prevent the spread of misinformation related to the crisis? What will it take to empower the informal economy in times of social distancing?
Hosted by MIT – my alma mater -, Latin America vs. COVID-19 is a 48-hour virtual event that will focus on developing solutions to these most pressing questions—ones that have a meaningful impact in Latin America in the next three to six months. The hackathon is part of the MIT COVID-19 Challenge series with Latin America vs. COVID-19 taking place June 19-21, 2020.
This event will be the first of the series focused on Latin America, and will be held in three languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese. Open to the public, the hackathon aims at capturing all those interested in helping the region fight COVID-19. All are welcome to apply before noon on Tuesday, June 16.
On June 19, participants will gather to present their own ideas in problem pitch sessions. Participants will then form teams to hone in on key problems and devise their solutions. Over the next 48 hours, teams will iterate on these ideas with the assistance of mentors and collaborating organizations.
On June 21, participants will reconvene to present their final pitches to judging panels, and winning teams will be selected per track. After the weekend, the best ideas and teams will have the opportunity to co-develop and implement their solution with the support of collaborating companies and institutions.