Latin American Venture funding slowdown

The figures for venture capital funding in Latin America during the third quarter have come out and confirmed the slowdown during the first half of the year has continued. The investment in Q3 was still a large $1.1 billion dollars, which is higher than the amounts we used to see before 2019. This is the fifth decreasing consecutive quarter since peaking in Q2 2021.

Based on market sentiment, I expect funding to stay around this level for the next 2-3 quarters, but this will depend on how inflation, interest rates, and the general economy evolves. Time will tell.

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Twitter acquisition economics

A quick view on the economics of the acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk, posted originally on my Twitter account (@serebrisky). Spoiler: they don’t look good.

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Bloomberg’s “The 500 most influential people in Latin America”

I’m humbled and thankful to be on Bloomberg’s list of “The 500 most influential people in Latin America” for a second consecutive year. Happy and proud to share this recognition with my business partner Rogelio de los Santos, and some of the amazing entrepreneurs we have supported – Myriam Cosío, Adolfo Babatz, and Vicent Fenoll – as well as many other incredible people in the region.

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Future is bright in Latin America startup ecosystem despite current volatility

LAVCA – the Latin America Venture Capital Association – just reported venture capital investment data for the first half of 2022. The results are in line with what anyone can perceive in the market. Fundraising has slowed down, impacted by 1) the steep adjustment in valuations of public tech companies, especially in the US market, and 2) many VC investors are on the sidelines as they wait for the market uncertainty to pass while concentrating their attention and resources on their existing portfolio companies.

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Latin America Climate Innovation Startup Radar and other resources

I am happy to share several resources we put together at Dalus Capital for the Climate Innovation space in Latin America. This is an emerging ecosystem and we hope these initiatives will help its development.

  • The first Climate Innovation Startup Radar for Latin America. This is the first version with the startups in the region we have identified. Feel free to download and distribute this startup radar. If you know of other startups in Latin America that we should include, please share them with us here.
  • We also created a collaborative Latam Climate wiki that you can check out here: latamclimatewiki.com. Also open to all collaborations and suggestions on what to include.
  • Finally, you can check out here the videos of all the sessions we had at the first LATAM Climate Innovation Summit in Mexico City last July.

Reach out if you want to collaborate on some of these initiatives.

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Invested in Climate Podcast

A few weeks ago, I was invited by Jason Rissman to participate in his podcast Invested in Climate, together with two climate tech entrepreneurs – José Manuel Moller and Fernando Ocaña. José Manuel is the founder and CEO of Algramo, one of the circular economy startups in which we have invested from Dalus. Fernando is developing an electric Tuk Tuk for Mexico City.

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First Latam Climate Innovation Summit

The Dalus Capital team organized the first edition of the Latam Climate Innovation Summit in Mexico City last week. We partnered with several sponsors including the U.S. State Department, Amazon for Startups, INCmty, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Grupo Habita, Buna Coffee, Cultura Colectiva, and Daikin. Special shoutout to Dalus team members Chris Down, Eugenia Rendon, and Jimena Buitron, who led the effort.

Climate change represents an existential challenge for humanity today. The future of civilization is at risk if collectively we do not achieve a net-zero world. At Dalus, we are strong believers that multiple solutions are required including many tech-based that already exist today or that will need to be developed.

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Book recommendations – May 2022

Below you will find a selection of books I recommend from what I read in the twelve months. An exciting combination of fiction and non-fiction.

Fiction

  • The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson. A climate-fiction novel that presents a plausible future for the planet as the planet heats with the continuing burning of fossil fuels.
  • Dune by Frank Herbert. I read this for the first time when I was in my teens and it fascinated me. Recently decided to read the book again before seeing the new movie adaptation, which by the way I highly recommend as well. A deeply rich future with a very political plot.
  • Nuestra parte de noche by Mariana Enríquez. I really enjoyed this horror novel that presents a very elaborated dark world. This book from an emerging Argentinian female writer has won several awards. I believe an English version has not been released yet.
  • Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego (Things We Lost in the Fire) by Mariana Enríquez. Short horror stories written before the novel above.
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CO2 reached 420 ppm in the atmosphere

Humanity continues consuming fossil fuels and carbon dioxide (CO2) continues accumulating in the atmosphere. For the first time, the level of 420 ppm was reached in 2022. The following charts show clearly how humans have caused this.

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Podcasts

Recientemente fuí invitado a dos podcasts a hablar de emprendimiento e inversiones. Me gustaron mucho estas conversaciones. Se las comparto aquí:

  • Conversando con Jonathan Ruiz y Mauricio Moreno en el podcast Disruptivo con el tema “Invertir en Startups es como jugar al ajedrez”. Escuchen el podcast en spotify.
  • Conversando con Pepe Toriello de RDF Outlook sobre como un emprendedor puede dar el primer paso para acercarse a un fondo de venture capital levantar una primera ronda de inversión. Escuchen el podcast en spotify o apple podcasts.
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