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LatamList Espresso

Latin America’s entrepreneurs are solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges, yet there is only minimal English language coverage of the region’s booming startup ecosystem. As a result, we’ve brought together all the news from Latin America in an even more accessible format.

LatamList Espresso is your weekly shot of news on the latest startup, venture capital, and tech news in Latin America. Hosted by Josefina Dominguez Iino, Editor at LatamList, this podcast summarizes the biggest headlines of the week with additional insights from founders, investors, and other key players in Latin America.

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Fintual raises $39M from Sequoia. Stori raises $200M Series C, Ep 72   In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from Stori, Fintual, Fanatiz, La Haus, and more!   OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE: 0:27] – Interview with Stella Melaragno from Fintual [2:38] – Lemon announced the launch of its new credit card [3:03] – Plug raised a $2.7 Million Seed Round [3:30] – La Haus, Bitcoin for real estate transactions [3:57] – Canary VC announced its new venture fund of $100M [4:18] – Fanatiz new partnership with LaLiga North America [4:33] – Stori, raised $200M Series C [4:59] – 9th edition of the WeXchange forum [5:17) – NEW How to be the Difference episode [5:38] – Juanma Gironella, Crossing Borders’ new guest RESOURCES & PEOPLE MENTIONED: Startups: Fintual, Lemon, Plug, La Haus, Fanatiz, Stori VC firm: Canary VC WeXchange forum Getting out of your comfort zone with Cesar Salazar, Ep 21 Juanma Gironella, Guros: Reshaping The Latin American Insurance Industry, Ep 156    

Nov 23

6 min 40 sec

Frete achieves unicorn status. Proptech Houm raises $35M Series A In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from Skydrop, Ualá, Frete, Houm, and more! Timestamps: [0:27]– Skydrop’s Series A [1:18] – Ualá acquires Mexican bank [1:53] – Frete achieves unicorn status [4:03] – Cheaf raised $3M [4:54] – UK-based startup, raised seed round led by Latin America’s CV firm [5:20] – Houm raises $35M Series A

Nov 17

8 min 1 sec

Neta raises $4.9M led by Kaszek for s-commerce, Ep 68   In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from Torre, Trybe, Neta, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Torre Access [1:01] - Trybe’s Series B [1:34] - $18M for Chilean insurtech [2:12] - Favo’s Series A [2:57] - Kaszek leads seed round in Neta   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Torre, Trybe, AVLA, Favo, Neta

Oct 19

4 min 22 sec

IDB Lab and Google announce the first batch of the LAC Women Founders Accelerator, Ep 67 In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from Ontop, Nowports, IDB Lab, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Ontop [1:10] - Nowports [1:56] - LAC Women Founders Accelerator [2:47] - Featured article of the week [3:20] - NEW episode of How to be the Difference   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Ontop, Nowports,  WeXchange An introduction to venture capital with Enzo Cavalie from Reach Capital, Ep 18 Featured article:  5 Myths and Facts about being a Digital Nomad      

Oct 12

4 min 38 sec

Merama closes $225M Series B funding round, Ep 66 In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from Sempli, Merama, Wheel the World, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - September VC Recap [0:49] - $10M for SME loans [1:31] - Merama’s Series B [2:08] - Cargamos’ Seed follow-on [2:57] - Wheel the World’s Seed funding [3:34] - Featured article of the week   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Sempli, Cargamos, Merama, Wheel the World Featured articles: What 22 years of investing in LatAm and the Global South has taught me Latam’s September Venture Capital Recap

Oct 5

4 min 44 sec

SoftBank pledges a further $3B for Latin American tech companies, Ep 65 In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from Kavak, SoftBank, Angel Ventures, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - SoftBank doubles down on Latam [1:09] - GetCourse’s expansion in Latam [1:55] - Angel Ventures’ acquisition [2:26] - Bitso in El Salvador [3:02] - Kayak’s Series E [3:50] - NEW episode of How to be the Difference   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: GetCourse, Bitso, Kavak, Wallet Factory, Nu Mexico SoftBank, Angel Ventures Empowering global Black development with Esi Kagale Agyeman Gillo, Ep 17

Sep 28

5 min 3 sec

Mexican eCommerce Gaia raises $50M from SoftBank, Ep 64 In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from Gaia, Compound Foods, Cayena, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Gaia’s funding round [1:08] - Coffee without the beans [2:03] - A digital farmer’s market [2:40] - Food marketplace buzz [3:12] - Featured articles of the week   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Gaia, PRoduce, Cayena, Compound Foods Featured articles: Q&A with Maribel Dominguez, founder and CEO of Circulo de Belleza Lessons learned from balancing founderhood with parenthood

Sep 21

4 min 59 sec

500 Startups launches new investment fund for Latin America, Ep 63 In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from 500 Startups, Flat, The Intern Group, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Flat’s Series A [0:56] - Addi’s extension round [1:20] - Atrato’s debt financing round [1:54] - 500 Luchadores III [2:57] - New episode of How to be the Difference   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Flat, Addi, Atrato 500 Startups How to build a career in genomics ft. Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa, Ep 16  

Sep 14

4 min 6 sec

Matías Castillo: Pulsar raises $3.6M for manufacturing analytics, Ep 62 In this week’s Espresso, we invited Matías Castillo, co-founder and CEO of Pulsar, to talk about the company’s recent round of funding. We also cover updates from SoftBank, Kocomo, WeXchange, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - SoftBank’s new fund [1:10] - $56M for Mexican proptech [1:51] - Acquisition of Wizeline [2:17] - Tuna’s seed funding rounds [2:50] - Jüsto’s Latam expansion [3:18] - Matías Castillo, Pulsar [6:28] - LAC Founders Accelerator for Women STEMpreneurs   Resources & people mentioned: Matías Castillo Startups: Pulsar, Kocomo, Wizeline, Tuna, Jüsto SoftBank LAC Founders Accelerator for Women STEMpreneurs

Sep 7

7 min 58 sec

QuintoAndar raises $120M Series E extension round, Ep 61 In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from QuintoAndar, Konfio, Kangu, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - QuintoAndar’s Series E extension [1:17] - Konfío’s acquisition [1:42] - Flink’s Series B [2:34] - Funding for flexitarian foodtech [3:04] - Mercado Libre’s acquisition [3:29] - NEW episodes featured on LatamList   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: QuintoAndar, Kangu, Konfio, Frizata, Flink LAC Women Founders Accelerator by Google and WeXchange, Ep 16 A look at International Development & Education with Farzana Karim-Haji, Ep 15

Sep 1

4 min 58 sec

Gyoung Joo Choe: IDB Lab and Google launch the LAC Founders Accelerator for Women STEMpreneurs, Ep 60 In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from WeXchange, Picap, Nuvemshop, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Picap expansion [0:55] - Coderhouse’s investment round [1:25] - Aplazo’s seed round [1:54] - Gyoung Joo Choe, IDB Lab [4:30] - Santiago Sosa, Nuvemshop   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Picap, Coderhouse, Aplazo, Nuvemshop LAC Founders Accelerator for Women STEMpreneurs

Aug 25

8 min 44 sec

New unicorn: Argentina’s Uala valued at $2.45B, Ep 59 In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from Uala, Jooycar, Pipo Saude, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Crehana’s Series B [1:04] - Torre’s acquisition [1:25] - Protera raises $10M [1:44] - Jooycar + Future50 [2:14] - Pipo Saude’s Series A [2:52] - New unicorn in Latam [3:45] - Featured article of the week [4:00] - NEW How to be the difference episode   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Crehana, Torre, Jooycar, Protera, Pipo Saúde, Uala Featured article: How the role of Accelerators in Latin America has evolved Leaders supporting new leaders featuring David Reimer CEO of ExCo US, Ep 14

Aug 17

5 min 19 sec

Global66 raises $12M Series A for regional expansion, Ep 58 In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from Global66, Merqueo, Newtopia VC, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - FInaktiva’s funding round [0:55] - Global66’s regional expansion [1:23] - Mexican insurtech’s Seed round [1:55] - Merqueo’s Series C [2:33] - Yaydoo’s Series A [3:15] - VC fund launch [3:42] - NEW WeXchange podcast episode Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Finaktiva, Global66, Guros, Merqueo, Yaydoo VC fund: Newtopia VC Three Women STEMpreneurs leading the HR revolution in Latin America, Ep 15

Aug 11

4 min 45 sec

Mafalda Barros: Quansa raises $3.6M for employee financial health, Ep 57 In this week’s Espresso, we invited Mafalda Barros, co-founder of Quansa, to talk about the company’s recent round of funding. We also cover updates from Lemon, Mural, NotCo, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - New Latam unicorns  [1:39] - Lemon’s Series A [2:07] - Brazilian proptech raises $21M [2:35] - Mafalda Barros, Quansa [6:32] - Featured article of the week [6:45] - NEW Crossing Borders & How to be the Difference episodes   Resources & people mentioned: Mafalda Barros Startups: Quansa, Mural, NotCo, EmCasa, Lemon An unmarked career path with Robbie J Frye, Ep 13 Featured article: Transmitting empathy in automation strategies

Aug 3

7 min 53 sec

Yummy raises $4M to become Venezuelan ‘super-app’, Ep 56 In this week’s Espresso, cover updates from Klar, Pomelo, Yummy, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Klar’s Series B [0:58] - Venezuelan food delivery app [1:29] - Updates from Rappi [2:01] - Loft’s fifth acquisition [2:22] - Celcoin for Open Finance in Brazil [2:52] - Pomelo’s extension round   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Klar, Yummy, Rappi, Loft, Celcoin, Pomelo  

Jul 27

4 min 19 sec

Three Women STEMpreneurs leading the HR revolution in Latin America, Ep 15   In this episode of WeXchange’s podcast, we invited three amazing entrepreneurs leading HR tech companies in the region to learn more about this ever-evolving industry. We discuss some of the biggest challenges that HR managers face, the future of work in a pandemic world, and how some of these pain points can be tackled through technology.   Renata Betti is co-founder and CMO of Talent Academy, a people analytics and employee experience company that helps transform an organization’s culture through engagement and connection. Renata is also one of the finalists of the WeXchange Women’s S TEMpreneneurs Competition 2020.   Noelia Aguirre is the founder and CEO of RobinTests, a neurotech platform that interprets human cognition, measures social and digital skills, and provides companies with better information to understand their future talent and workforce while building stronger teams through gamification.   Maya Dadoo is the CEO and co-founder of Worky, an all-in-one HR software and payroll solution for SMEs in Mexico. Through Worky, Maya is empowering employees to have more control over their financial health.    Outline of this episode:   Renata Betti   [0:40] - About Renata and Talent Academy [3:53] - A family run business [7:06] - A people and culture development platform [8:10] - Talent Academy clients [10:00] - Taking part in Berkeley SkyDeck [12:00] - HR tech industry in Latin America [13:53] - Lessons learned on the entrepreneurial journey [17:30] - What’s next for Talent Academy?   Noelia Aguirre   [19:40] -  About Noelia and RobinTest [22:40] - A typical RobinTest customer  [23:50] - Challenges in building a neurotech platform [27:48] - What sets RobinTest apart?   Maya Dadoo   [34:40] - About Maya and Worky [36:53] - Turning point into entrepreneurship [39:20] - About Worky [42:33] - Profile of Worky clients [44:03] - The implications of the pandemic on HR [46:25] - Insights on Worky’s clients [49:05] - Choosing a board of investors [51:10] - Elements that set Worky apart  [53:44] - Main challenges of the entrepreneurial journey [56:50] - Next steps for Worky   Resources & people mentioned: Renata Betti Mauricio Betti Talent Academy Berkeley SkyDeck Quintessa Noelia Aguirre  RobinTest Maya Dadoo Worky  

Jul 26

59 min 2 sec

Angel Arias: Remote-first platform Plerk raises $1M for flexible employee perks worldwide, Ep 55 In this week’s Espresso we invited Angel Arias, co-CEO and co-founder of Plerk, to talk about the closing of the company’s recent round. We also cover updates from Nowports, Súper, and Moons, among other stories.   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Flash’s Series B [0:53] - Tech enabled loans with Marco Financial [1:33] - VU Security’s Series B [2:00] - Angel Arias, Plerk [3:37] - NEW episode of How to be the Difference   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Plerk, VU Security, Marco Financial, Flash ​​Financial development and tech innovation with Irene Arias Hofman, Ep 12

Jul 20

4 min 42 sec

LAVCA’s 2021 Latin America Investment Roundup, Ep 54   In this week’s Espresso we cover updates from Nowports, Súper, and Moons, among other stories.   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - LAVCA’s 2020-2021 Review [1:42] - Nowports’ Series A [2:19] - Tackling Mexico’s ‘underinsurance problem’ [2:58] - Homebrew’s investment in Latam [3:31] - Moons’ investment round   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Nowports, Súper, Z1, Moons LAVCA

Jul 13

5 min 4 sec

Habi raises $100M funding Series B funding round, Ep 53   In this week’s Espresso we cover updates from Habi, Konfio, Frubana, and more.   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Habi’s Series B [1:05] - DILA Capital Acquisition Corp [1:25] - Konfío’s Series E [1:58] - Etsy’s acquisition in Brazil [2:30] - Frubana’s expansi [2:57] - Impactus Ventures ChildTech Challenge [3:40] - NEW episode of How to be the Difference   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Konfío, Habi, Etsy, Frubana DILA Capital Acquisition Corp Impactus Ventures ChildTech Challenge Designing your life template with Lauren Bonheim, Ep 11 Featured article of the week: Nobody invests in my startup even though they congratulate me for my pitch

Jul 6

4 min 40 sec

Uber acquires Cornershop at $3B+ valuation, Ep 52   In this week’s Espresso we cover updates from Kredi, Dapp, Cornershop, and more.   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - EBANX prepares for IPO [0:53 ] - Kredi’s seed funding round [1:19] - Food for the Future [1:53] - Fintual + Kaszek Ventures [2:25] - Dapp’s Series A [3:00] - Uber’s acquisition [3:35] - Featured article   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: EBANX, Kredi, F4F, Cornershop, Dapp, Fintual Featured article of the week: Why Would(n’t) a Non-US Founder Consider a Cayman Holding Company?

Jul 1

4 min 34 sec

Diego Muradas: Insurtech Zenda.la raises $2M in a round led by Angel Ventures, Ep 51   For this week’s Espresso, we invited Diego Muradas, co-founder and CEO of Zenda.la, to talk about their seed round of funding. We also cover updates from Yana, Bettergly, Credijusto, and more. Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Fintech acquires regulated bank [1:13] - Clip’s investment round [1:54] - Yana milestones [2:45] - Largest insurtech funding round [3:21] - Nubank’s series G extension round [3:55] - Finance Forward acceleration program [4:26] - Diego Muradas, Zenda.la [7:01] - NEW episode of How to be the Difference   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Credijusto, Nubank, Clip, Betterfly, Yana Finance Forward Latin America 2021 The transformative power of developing sales skills with Eder Holguin, Ep 10  

Jun 22

8 min 11 sec

GMB’s digital expansion and unicorn status, Ep 50   In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from GMB, 99 minutos, NUE.life, and more.   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Mexico’s newest unicorn [1:01] - 99 minutos’ Series B [1:29] - NUE.life for mental health [2:04] - Investing in pets [2:31] - Featured article of the week   Resources & people mentioned: Companies: NUE.life, Laika, GBM, 99 minutos Featured article: How AI technologies are simplifying debt collection

Jun 15

3 min 43 sec

dLocal raises $617.65M in IPO, Ep 49   In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from La Haus, Belvo, UBITs, dLocal, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - La Haus expansion [1:06] - Belvo’s Series A [1:34] - Owl Ventures jumps into Latam with UBITS [2:22] - Monashees’ first Chilean startup investment [2:44] - dLocal’s IPO [3:12] - The highest valuation Series B in the history of Latam [4:22] - Featured article of the week   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: La Haus, Kushki, UBITS, Belvo, Fintoc, dLocal Getting started on your career in entrepreneurship with Andres Barreto, Techstars, Ep 9 Featured article: Startup Culture Matters  

Jun 8

5 min 32 sec

Kaszek raises $1B across two funds, Ep 48   In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from Kaszek, SoftBank, Kredito, Clara, and more.   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Kaszek’s duo of funds [1:08] - SoftBank + WeWork [1:40] - Kredito’s Pre-Seed round [2:12] - DiDi Food arrives in Colombia [2:39] -  Corporate spend management with Clara   Resources & people mentioned: VC Funds: Kaszek Ventures, SoftBank Latin American Fund Startups: Kredito, DiDi, Clara

Jun 2

3 min 53 sec

Juan Jorge Herrera: Rocketbot raises $2M pre-Series A, Ep 47   In this week’s Espresso, we invited Juan Jorge Herrera, CEO of Rocketbot, to talk about their recent pre-Series A. We also cover updates from K-Startup Grand Challenge 2021, Houm, The Intern Group, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Houm prepares for regional expansion [0:58] - Juan Jorge Herrera, Rocketbot [5:05] - Korean government-backed accelerator program [5:57] - Featured article of the week [6:11] - NEW episode of How to be the difference   Resources & people mentioned: Juan Jorge Herrera Startups: Rocketbot, Houm K-Startup Grand Challenge 2021 Identifying your core values with Dr. Mandeep Rai, Ep 8 Featured article: Understanding the VC landscape in the LatAm Ecosystem

May 26

7 min 26 sec

Gaston Irigoyen: Argentine fintech Pomelo raises $9M to build a payments infrastructure in Latam, Ep 46   In this week’s Espresso, we invited Gaston Irigoyen, CEO and co-founder of Pomelo, to talk about their recent round of Seed funding. We also cover updates from ontop, Divibank, QED Investors and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Divibank accelerates SME growth [1:17] - ontop Seed funding [1:58] - Follow-on for SUMA [2:36] - QED’s Fontes fund [3:05] - Gaston Irigoyen, Pomelo   Resources & people mentioned: Gaston Irigoyen Pomelo Startups: Divibank, ontop, SUMA, QED Investors

May 19

8 min 43 sec

Cryptocurrency platform Bitso raises $250M Series C, Ep 45   In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from Bitso, The Intern Group, a55, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Bitso’s Series C [1:14] - Graviti’s ‘buy now, pay later’ concept [1:57] - a55 SME lending solution [2:40] - How to be the difference   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Bitso, Graviti, a55 Kickstarting a career in mechanical engineering ft. Mauricio Toro, TECHFIT Digital Surgery, Ep 7

May 11

3 min 45 sec

Amr Shady on Tribal’s Mexico expansion & Mario Bustamante on Instacrops funding round, Ep 44   In this week’s Espresso, we invited Amr Shady, co-founder and CEO at Tribal Credit, and Mario Bustamante, co-founder and CEO at Instacrops, to talk about their startups’ recent rounds of funding. We also cover updates from Loft, Atrato, Pachama & more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Loft’s Series D [1:10] - Mario Bustamante, Instacrops [3:15] - Colombia renewable energy startup [3:48] - Atrato’s Seed round [4:21] - New Pachama partnership [4:52] - Merema’s combined funding round [5:20] - Amr Shady, Tribal   Resources & people mentioned: Amr Shady Mario Bustamante Startups: Tribal, Loft, Erco Energia, Instacrops, Atrato, Pachama, Merama

May 6

11 min 53 sec

Armando Romero on Bayer Mexico’s Digital Health Bootcamp, Ep 43 In this week’s Espresso, we invited Armando Romero, Integrated and Multichannel Marketing Head at Bayer de Mexico, to talk about the launch of Bayer’s Digital Health Bootcamp. We also cover updates from Hash, Mono, Credijusto, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Hash’s investment round [0:56] - Magma Partners invests in Mono [1:26] - Deel in Mexico [1:58] - Credijusto’s acquisition [2:16] - Bayer Bootcamp 2021 [5:20] - Featured article of the week   Resources & people mentioned: Armando Romero Bayer de Mexico Bayer Bootcamp 2021 Startups: Hash, Mono, Deel, Credijusto Featured article: Q&A: The Future of Innovation in Finance

Apr 27

6 min 22 sec

Alex Torrenegra on Torre’s seed funding round & Adolfo Rouillon on Frizata’s expansion, Ep 42   In this week’s Espresso, we invited Alex Torrenegra, founder and CEO of Torre, and Adolfo Roullion, co-founder and CEO of Frizata, to talk about their startup’s exciting announcements. We also cover updates from Olist, Kavak, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Adolfo Rouillon, Frizata [2:33] - Kavak’s Series D [3:00] - Olist’s Series D extension [3:30] - Chazki: investment and expansion updates [4:00] - Alex Torrenegra, Torre   Resources & people mentioned: Alex Torrenegra Adolfo Rouillon Startups: Torre, Frizata, Olist, Kavak, Chazki

Apr 20

10 min 10 sec

Deepak Chhugani: Nuvocargo raises $12M to modernize US-Mexico trade, Ep 41   In this week’s Espresso, we invited Deepak Chhugani, founder and CEO of Nuvocargo, on the podcast to talk about their latest round of funding. We also cover updates from Spline, dLocal, Cora, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Spline’s seed funding [1:06] - dLocal’s $5B valuation [1:44] - Cora’s investment round [2:19] - Deepak Chhugani, Nuvocargo [5:06] - Featured article of the week   Resources & people mentioned: Deepak Chhugani Startups: Spline, Nuvocargo, dLocal, Cora Featured articles:  What’s Spurring the Rise of Brazil’s HealthTechs?  

Apr 14

6 min 7 sec

Approval of iFood and Domicilios’ merge, Ep 40   In this week’s Espresso, we cover updates from iFood, Meru, and Mudango!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - iFood & Domicilios.com integration [1:10] - Meru’s investment round [1:40] - Mudango  [2:11] - Featured articles of the week   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: iFood, Meru, Mudango,  Featured articles:  Florida House Bill 969: Data Privacy Compliance Comes to Businesses in the Sunshine State The transformative power of AI in Mexican businesses The lesser-known guide to raising Capital

Apr 7

3 min 36 sec

Santiago Sosa, Nuvemshop: E-commerce platform raises $90M Series D, Ep 39   For this week’s Espresso, we invited Santiago Sosa, founder and CEO of Nuvemshop, to talk about the company’s recent round of funding. We also cover other updates from Kredi, Storybook, iFood, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - iFood social security [0:51] - Funding for children’s app [1:32] - Kredi investment round [1:56] - Stripe expansion [2:24] - Santiago Sosa, Nuvemshop   Resources & people mentioned: Santiago Sosa Startups: Nuvemshop, iFood, Kredi, Storybook, Stripe

Mar 30

6 min 13 sec

Mariano Focaraccio, Drixit Technologies: Argentine IoT startup raises $1.5M, Ep 38   In this week’s Espresso, we invited Mariano Focaraccio, founder and CEO of Drixit Technologies, to talk about the company’s recent round of funding. We also cover other updates from Fondeadora, aptuno, Higo, and Baubap.   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Fondeadora extends Series A [0:55] - Homebrew invests in Higo [1:20] - Mexican micro-financing platform [1:42] - Magma Partners invests in aptuno [2:14] - Mariano Focaraccio, Drixit [4:24] - Featured article of the week   Resources & people mentioned: Mariano Focaraccio Startups: Drixit Technologies, Fondeadora, Baubap, Higo, Aptuno How voice technologies can help combat the cyber pandemic

Mar 24

5 min 25 sec

Pedro Moura & Jessica Eting: Flourish raises $1.5M round led by Canary, Ep 37   For this week’s Espresso, we invited Pedro Moura and Jessica Eting, co-founders of Flourish, on the podcast to talk about their recent round of funding. We also cover other updates from Pachama, Minu, and wOS!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Pachama & Mercado Libre partnership [1:08] - Minu’s Series A [1:38] - wOS launch + YC Winter 2021 [2:03] - Pedro Moura & Jessica Eting, Flourish   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Pachama, Minu, Flourish, wOS  

Mar 16

7 min 3 sec

Latam ScaleUp Sessions, Ep 36   In this week’s Espresso, we feature updates from Stori, Auth0, Loggi, Kushki, and the Amazon Investor Coalition.   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Stori’s Series B [1:00] - Argentine unicorn Auth0 acquisition [1:40] - Amazon Investor Coalition [2:29] - Loggi’s largest funding round [2:59] - Nubank’s beta stage in Colombia [3:15] - Featured article of the week [3:40] - Latam ScaleUp Sessions   Resources & people mentioned: Startups: Stori, Auth0, Loggi, Nubank,  Amazon Investor Coalition Latam ScaleUp Sessions Featured articles: The Lack of Diversity in Tech: How Not To Be Part of the Problem
  

Mar 9

5 min 2 sec

Colektia raises $4.2M for Latin America expansion, Ep 35   In this week’s Espresso, we cover exciting investment updates happening across the region featuring startups like Bitso, Neivor, Colektia, Mundi, among others.   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Bitso’s acquisition [0:49] - Backstartup’s seed round [1:17] - Magma Partners invests in Neivor [1:57] - Descomplica’s Series E [2:30] - Nuvini Group acquisition [2:55] - Mundi’s seed round for SMEs [3:40] - Colektia’s investment round [4:20] - Featured article of the week   Resources & people mentioned: Startup: Bitso, Backstartup, Neivor, Descomplica, Mundi, Nuvini, Colektia Featured articles: 4 Female-led Fintech Startups That Should Be In Your Watchlist

Mar 3

5 min 18 sec

Jüsto raised a $65M Series A funding round led by General Atlantic.   In this week’s Espresso, we cover investment updates from Jüsto, InEvent, Aflore, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Jüsto Series A [1:06] - InEvent Seed round [1:32] - Aflore pre-Series B [1:58] - Alice, funding round. [2:44] - Flink raises $12M Series A   Resources & people mentioned:   Startups: Jüsto, InEvent, Aflore, Alice y Flink.

Feb 18

4 min 3 sec

SoftBank announces new $100M fund for tech startups in Miami, Ep 33   In this week’s Espresso, we cover investment updates from SoftBank, Lumu Technologies, ELSA, and more! Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - SoftBank announcement [1:01] - Monkey’s Series A [1:33] - ELSA’s Series B [2:16] - Featured articles of the week   Resources & people mentioned: Startup: Monkey, ELSA, Lumu Technologies Featured articles: The Corporate Transparency Act – Pay Attention To the Beneficial Owner Behind the Curtain How voice technologies will revolutionize the fintech industry

Feb 9

3 min 23 sec

Nubank raises $400M Series G, Ep 32 In this week’s Espresso we cover updates from Latam’s unicorns and other news from startups including Latinia, Superfüds, Abaco, PlayVox, and 123Seguros.   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Latinia investment in Abaco [0:58] - Superfuds’ series A [1:37] - RappiTravel & RappiBank [2:03] - PlayVox’s double announcement [2:47] - Nubank’s series G [3:16] - 123Seguro acquisition [3:39] - Featured article of the week [3:54] - Newest addition to our podcast directory   Resources & people mentioned:   Startups: Nubank, PlayVox, Rappi, 123Seguros, Superfüds, Abaco New podcast: How To Be The Difference Featured articles: Miami’s Moment to Shine    

Feb 2

5 min 7 sec

Cargamos raises a $4M funding round for logistics, Ep 31 In this week’s Espresso we cover investment updates from Cargamos and Dondo, as well as a new partnership between dLocal and Dinie.   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - New dLocal partnership [0:52] - Cargamos’ funding round [1:16] - Dondo’s seed round [2:04] - Featured articles of the week   Resources & people mentioned:   Startups: Cargamos, Dinie, dLocal, Dondo VC funds: Magma Partners, Mountain Nazca, FEMSA Ventures Featured articles: 4 digital payment trends to look out for in 2021 Legal Structures for Latin American Startups Mexico is the new China: How cross-border trade has changed between the US and Mexico The voice revolution: how companies can adapt their CX strategy

Jan 26

3 min 32 sec

Rodrigo Sánchez-Ríos: La Haus raises $35M Series B, Ep 30 For this week’s Espresso we invited Rodrigo Sánchez-Ríos, founder of La Haus, on the podcast for the second time around to talk about their recent round of funding. We also cover other updates from MadeiraMadeira, Contabilizei, Kriptos, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - First unicorn of the year [0:48] - Contabilizei’s Series C [1:15] - Kriptos’ Pre-Seres A [1:41] - Angel Ventures Pacific Alliance Fund [2:07] - Rodrigo Sánchez-Ríos, La Haus [6:00] - Let’s Talk E-commerce   Resources & people mentioned:   Startups: MadeiraMadeira, Contabilizei, Kriptos, LaHaus,  VC funds: Capria Ventures, Angel Ventures Pacific Alliance Fund Nicolas Rodriguez, Openpay: Launching in Colombia, Ep 3

Jan 21

7 min

2020: LatamList's Year in Espressos, Ep 29 In the first Espresso of the year, we take a look back at Latin America’s startup and venture capital ecosystem over the course of 2020. Our highlights feature stories from IDB Lab, Magma Partners, ALLVP, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Pierpaolo Barbieri, Lab4U, Justo, La Haus, Kushki, dLocal, Matias Muchnick, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:42] - Recap of H1 2020 [3:30] - Manolo Fernandez, Justo [4:57] - Matias Rivera, Fanatiz [6:57] - Bruno Henriques, iFood [7:46] - Matias Muchnick, NotCo [9:00] - Pierpaolo Barbieri, Ualá [10:00] - Unicorn season [11:25] - Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Magma Partners [13:29] - Rodrigo Labbe, Jooycar [15:08] - Mateo Jaramillo, Heru [16:18] - An end to the Uber-Cornershop saga   Resources & people mentioned:   Antonias Rojas, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Manolo Fernandez, Matias Rivera, Bruno Henriques, Matias Muchnick, Pierpaolo Barbieri, Rodrigo Labbe, Mateo Jaramillo VC funds, initiatives, and accelerators: Magma Partners, Kaszek Ventures, ALLVP, Canary, Founders Fund, Brava Initiative, Rampa Startups: Kinedu, Lab4U, Rappi, iFood, UberEats, Justo, Turbi, Jooycar, Cargo X, Truora, Credijusto, Kushki, Belvo, Omnilatam, Uala, Kavak, dLocal, VTEX, Greensill Capital, Heru, NotCo, La Haus, Fanatiz, IDB Lab Uber-Cornershop saga   Full Espresso episodes:   Manolo Fernandez on Jüsto closing a $12M Pre-Series A, Ep 4 Matías Rivera: Fanatiz becomes global distributor of Brazilian soccer, Ep 10 Bruno Henriques: iFood to launch first drone-assisted food delivery service in Latam, Ep 11 Vilash Poovala: Oyster Financial closes $14M funding round, Ep 14 Pierpaolo Barbieri: Uala’s arrival in Mexico, Ep 17 Claire Díaz-Ortiz: Magma Partners launches the Brava initiative to invest in more female founders in Latam, Ep 18 Rodrigo Labbé, Jooycar expands to the US with Fleetr, Ep 23 Mateo Jaramillo: Mexican startup Heru raises $1.7M pre-seed round, Ep 26 Cofece approves Uber-Cornershop acquisition in Mexico, Ep 28

Jan 14

17 min 49 sec

Cofece approves Uber-Cornershop acquisition in Mexico, Ep 28 In the final Espresso of the year, we cover exciting updates in the Uber-Cornershop saga as well as investment rounds from Come Bien, Mozper, Ontop, Selina, & more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Cofece approval [1:13] - Largest ‘dark’ kitchen network [1:40] - A $10B opportunity [2:13] - Ontop + YC 2021 [2:44] - Upcycling resorts with Selina [3:12] - Ualá for SMEs [3:30] - FitCoMoves launch [3:49] - Clout Capital Latam Tech Fund [4:20] - Let’s Talk E-Commerce [4:30] - Featured article of the week   Resources & people mentioned: Let’s Talk E-Commerce episode two Startups: Come Bien, Uala, Uber-Cornershop, Selina, FitCoMoves, Quantum Talent, Mozper, Ontop Featured articles: 3 ways AI is transforming the user experience    

Dec 2020

5 min 41 sec

Azimo + dLocal partnership & Angel Sahagun on Albo’s $45M funding round, Ep 27 In this week’s Espresso, we invited Richard Ambrose, CEO of Azimo, and Meirav Adi, VP of Sales at dLocal, to talk about a new partnership between the two companies. We also have Albo’s Angel Sahagun on the podcast to discuss the company’s recent round of funding. We also cover updates from Valiu, Bitso, TerraMagna, and more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Valiu’s seed funding round [1:03] - TerraMagna, a fintech for the agriculture sector [1:37] - Chile’s Justo raises funds for Latam expansion [2:15] - Bitso’s Series B [2:44] - Richard Ambrose (Azimo) and Meirav Adi (dLocal) [8:06] - Angel Sahagun, Albo   Resources & people mentioned: Angel Sahagun Meirav Adi Richard Ambrose  Startups: Valiu, Bitso, dLocal, Justo, Albo, TerraMagna Featured articles: What’s New is New Again: The California Privacy Rights Act’s Update to California Data Privacy Regulation The future of payment processing in Latin America Why 3D immersive will be key for getting out of COVID

Dec 2020

10 min 56 sec

Mateo Jaramillo: Mexican startup Heru raises $1.7M pre-seed round, Ep 26 In this week’s Espresso, we invited Mateo Jaramillo, co-founder and CEO of Heru, to talk about their unique solution and the recent round of funding. We also cover updates from Mati, Fondeadora, Simpleat, Pier, & Ualá!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Pier’s Series A [1:13] - Simpleat expansión  [1:47] - Ualá + Galileo partnership  [2:07] - Mati’s Series A  [2:38] - Fondeadora acquisition  [3:08] - Mateo Jaramillo, Heru   Resources & people mentioned: Mateo Jaramillo Heru Startup: Mati, Ualá, Fondeadora, Pier, Simpleat  

Dec 2020

7 min 27 sec

Kavak-Uber partnership in Mexico, Ep 25 In this week’s Espresso, we cover exciting updates from Olist, Facio, Kavak, and Openpay. We also talk about the future of work in Latin America (Runa) as well as the contributor pieces by Susana García-Robles and Dave Dabbah!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - Olist Series D [0:48] - Facio seed round [1:09] - Celcoin + OpenBanking [1:30] - Kavak’s new partnership [2:00] -The future of work in Latam [2:47] - Featured articles of the week [3:05] - New podcast on LatamList   Resources & people mentioned: Startup: Olist, Facio, Kavak, Celcoin Report: The future of work in Latin America Let’s Talk E-Commerce by Openpay Featured articles: Redesigning Investment Due Diligence in a Pandemic World How to Boost Customer Engagement in the Fintech Industry  

Dec 2020

4 min 10 sec

Mexican healthtech raises $19M Series A, Ep 24 In this week’s Espresso, we cover Sofía’s Series A, updates on Parallel18’s relief fund, and MercadoLibre’s expansion throughout the region!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - P18 updates [0:58] - Meli’s department stores [1:24] - Series A for Sofía [1:58] - New technology in Paraguay [2:23] - Feature article of the week   Resources & people mentioned: Startup: Sofía Parallel18 MercadoLibre QR code technology Featured articles: A new normal for the customer experience  

Nov 2020

3 min 11 sec

Rodrigo Labbé, Jooycar expands to the US with Fleetr, Ep 23 In this week’s Espresso, we invited Rodrigo Labbé, CEO of Jooycar, to talk about the platform’s recent expansion to the US. We also have several articles lined up from guest contributors Sofía Gancedo (Bricksave), Lorena Torres (Openpay), Thiago Paiva (Oyster), & Greg Mitchell (Angel Ventures). Including other updates from BossaBox, Pibox (Picap), & Locaweb!   Outline of this episode:  [0:27] - BossaBox investment [1:01] - Rodrigo Labbé, Jooycar [4:09] - CEmprende partnership [4:30] - Updates from Pibox [4:59] - Locaweb acquisition [5:20] - Featured articles of the week   Resources & people mentioned: Rodrigo Labbé  Jooycar Startups: BossaBox, Pibox, Locaweb,  CEmprende Featured articles: Gender inclusion needs to embrace finance How do payment processors work? Meet the candidates to become the Mexican Nubank Why Latin America’s tech talent will lead the region through COVID-19 and beyond      

Nov 2020

6 min 28 sec

Oriana Fuentes: Emptor’s regional expansion and partnership with Didi, Ep 22 In this week’s Espresso, we invited Oriana Fuentes, co-founder and COO of Emptor, to talk about the company’s recent expansion and new partnerships. We also cover other news updates from Colegium, WeXchange (IDB Lab), Tül, Cheaf & more!   Outline of this episode:  [0:25] - Cornershop Uber saga [1:06] - Colegium acquisition [1:30] - Investments: Tül & Conductor  [2:15] - Cheaf, reducing food waste in Latam [2:49] - Oriana Fuentes, Emptor   Resources & people mentioned: Oriana Fuentes Emptor expands into Costa Rica and launches new service in Peru Emptor announces partnership with Didi for Peru expansion COFECE 8th edition of WeXchange Startups: Colegium, Tül, Conductor, Cheaf  

Nov 2020

6 min 58 sec