It’s been a wild ride, lately. I’ve had the opportunity to speak at a number of events in various cities (e.g., Miami, Aruba, Madrid, etc.) about, what I call, Digital Innovation. Speaking at these events (such as Fintech Americas Miami in photo above) is a great way to network and connect with great people within the Latin American startup ecosystem (e.g., entrepreneurs, investors, etc.). At the moment, I’m flying back from Madrid where I gave a speech on the 10 things i’ve learned within the Latin American Startup Ecosystem. Also, I ran a Lean Startup workshop for BBVA employees. Both of these events were incredibly rewarding.
One of the countries that I’ve been traveling to quite a bit lately is Mexico. I’ll be there, once again, the first week of December. It’s a pretty exciting time there right now thanks to the increased startup activity as well as the increase in the number of Venture Capital funds there. A number of years ago, I was the Strategic Investment Manager for Intel Capital in Mexico and compared to that moment in time, the startup environment today is quite different. I hope to interview a number of important players in Mexico such as ComparaGuru, Lenddo and Paymentez among others (similar to the Startup Grind interviews that I’ve been doing). My plan is, also, to interview some international entrepreneurs and experts at BBVA’s new innovation center which we’ll be launching in a week.