How and when did you get involved with the Mexican entrepreneurial ecosystem?
Got involved as an entrepreneur in 1999, when I started LatinStocks Mexico, a Fintech startup funded by an Argentinian VC Fund.
Also got into mentoring and promoting entrepreneurship via “First Tuesday” and several conferences.
How would you describe the ecosystem in Mexico?
As a fast moving, fast evolving movement. Several players have not only evolved, but also connected with other entities, generating synergies and helping entrepreneurs and investors do a better job.
What do you expect in the next 12 months?
Growth, consolidation, success cases.
What are the main challenges?
Connectivity, we need to connect and cooperate much more.
Arrogance, we need to find our niche and work hard, learning as much as possible from other countries and creating our own formula.
What change or result would bring the greatest benefits for the ecosystem?
Describe your typical day
I normally start at 6.30, read my emails and update my social networks. Pick up my kids for school around 7. Hit the gym between 7.30 and 9.00. After that, my day is normally split between: talking to investors, preparing presentations, traveling or preparing trips, portfolio management meetings, pipeline meetings, admin stuff, reading, meditation, playing music and spending time with my kids.
Who is your favorite entrepreneur?
Oropeza family (Doc Solutions), Alejandro Cuervo (Ipeth).
A recent book do you recommend?
Outliers, Camino (Jose Maria Escrivá).
Smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop?
iOS or Android?
Favorite social network?
Colonial city, ancient civilization, modern city.
One word that describe you?
Previous interview (in Spanish): Gabriel Charles