New realities of AI

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White paper: Sostenibilidad para Startups

Les comparto este white paper sobre Sostenibilidad para Startups, creado por el Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), en el cual colaboré. El documento enfatiza la necesidad de integrar la sostenibilidad en el modelo de negocio y la estrategia de una startup y destaca los beneficios de hacerlo. Los puntos claves del documento:

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Greenhouse gases keep accumulating in the atmosphere and warming the planet

The key greenhouse gases methane and CO2 continue accumulating in the atmosphere. They are responsible for the warming of the planet that drives climate change. These gases are being generated by modern society through the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas, modern beef production, and other human activities.

Global atmospheric methane concentration reached 1,920 ppb for the first time in over 800,000 years. The following chart is just incredible and very discouraging.

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Evolution of Smart Products

I have to share this cartoon by @marketoonist 😂

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Updated Latam Climate Startup Radar

We just gave our Latam Climate Innovation Startup Radar a major update. You might have seen the previous version when we released it for the first time last year. It’s a cool tool that helps map out startups that are working on solutions to combat climate change in Latin America. These startups are broken down into four main categories: AgTech, Energy, Green Consumer, and Mobility. You can grab the high-res version of the radar by clicking here.

The new version of the radar includes 191 startups, which is a huge jump from the 147 we had before – a 30% increase. If you know of any other startups that should be on our radar, make sure to let us know by filling out this form.

We have also updated the Latam Climate wiki. Please check it out.

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Latam Startups, Tech and VC events list 2023

I stumbled upon a comprehensive list of startups, tech, and venture capital events in Latin America for 2023 and wanted to share it with others. Cool idea and, to my knowledge, there hasn’t been a similar comprehensive compilation for events in Latam. While the list may be still incomplete, I hope that its creator, Eduardo Paperini, will continue to update and improve it during the year.

Check the list in this Google sheet:

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Amazing documentary “The Great Crypto Scam”

I highly recommend the newly released documentary “The Great Crypto Scam” by James Jani. The title speaks for itself, so there’s no need to say more about the content. The crypto phenomenon is explained clearly and simply in less than an hour. It’s really great for sharing with family and friends who want to understand what’s going on in the “crypto world”.

If you want to read more about this phenomenon, you can see some of my previous critical posts about this crypto craziness: The NFTs hype (Feb 2022), Comentario sobre bitcoins (From 2014, but in Spanish), and Great podcast on the environmental impact of crypto (Nov 2022). I also strongly recommend the longer and more detailed documentary Line Goes Up – The Problem With NFTs.

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Economic and investment outlook for 2023 by top investment banks

I recently received a list of links to excellent economic and investment 2023 outlook reports from top investment banks and asset managers. It’s amazing that these organizations are now sharing these reports, which were previously only accessible to their institutional clients! 

The reports provide a measured outlook for 2023. The global economy is expected to experience slow growth globally, with projections from some banks ranging around 1.8%. The US is predicted to just avoid a recession, whereas the Euro area and the UK will likely experience a mild recession due to the influence of escalating energy costs. Inflation is projected to dwindle to 3% in late 2023 in the US, and the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates by 125 basis points to reach a peak of 5-5.25%.

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Results of the Biodiversity Conference COP15

The Amazon rainforest burning 

The UN’s COP15 summit, held in Montreal, just ended with the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, a historic deal aimed at protecting and restoring nature. The agreement, reached by 195 countries, is the result of four years of negotiations and will guide global conservation efforts until 2030. 

Climate change and biodiversity loss go hand in hand. This new agreement is equivalent to the adoption of the 2015 Paris Agreement regarding climate change to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, but this one focused on biodiversity conservation and restoration.

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Podcast Levantando

Recientemente, Fran García me invitó a su podcast Levantando, donde entrevista a inversionistas de venture capital en Latinoamérica. Fue una conversación muy amena y quería compartirla con ustedes. Espero que disfruten escuchando la entrevista tanto como lo hice yo participando en ella.

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