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Tropicalia: Redefining Luxury Travel. Our Newest Venture in the Dominican Republic

Thirty years ago we set out to find the perfect destination where we could create the next vacation spot for our family. Today marks the end of that search and the beginning of the place that we fondly call Tropicalia. Although I was born in Venezuela, we always vacationed in the Dominican Republic. My parents, […]

The Venezuelan Woman: A historic example

International Women’s day was established in the nineteenth century as a way of recognizing the role of women during the peak of the global industrialization era. It has also been characterized by a diverse range of ideologies. Today, in a strengthened Latin America with a historic growth of the middle class (more than 50% over […]

On Promises of The Commons in Caracas (and its Traffic)

I invited Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy as a guest blogger to contribute a report on the third edition of the Seminario Fundación Cisneros, held last month in Caracas, Venezuela. Sofia is the curator of contemporary art at the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Originally from Mexico and living in New York City, she travels extensively […]

One plus one equals three

A few years ago, I was approached by IESA, Venezuela’s leading business school asking to write a case on the Miss Venezuela Organization, a franchise we have owned for over 30 years. Today the Miss Venezuela beauty pageant is considered to be the most important televised event in the country and is recognized worldwide as […]

Novelas and Social Merchandising

A few days ago we invited The Nature Conservancy to advise the writers, production team and cast of one of our current drama productions, “Corazón Esmeralda,” whose ecological context provides an excellent platform to raise awareness of the audience about the impact that our actions and daily habits have on the environment. The use of […]

Going Digital: Art Books Transformed

On Wednesday, April 3, the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros held its launch of the eBook editions of the Conversaciones/Conversations series at the Morgan Library. As the sun set and the light through the atrium glass dimmed, the projection of highlights from both the print and digital publications appeared above the lively crowd who were […]

How Digital Platforms Have Changed the Way We Look at Art

I have just returned from Spain where we inaugurated Concrete Invention, the latest exhibition of our family’s collection, the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) at the Museo Reina Sofía.  The exhibition showcased 200 works from the geometric abstraction movement that took place in Latin America between the 30s and 70s.  This exhibition is the […]

Wayra, a Local Approach for a Global Endeavor

I have been closely following the rapid expansion of Wayra, Telefónica’s new CSR program.  Telefónica, the dominating telecom company in the Spanish speaking market, launched its technology incubator program in April 2011 in Colombia.  Since then, it has rolled the program out in 12 countries – Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, México, […]

32 hours in Rio

In the spirit of entrepreneur week I want to tell you about my latest trip to Brazil. I was there for 21212’s Demo Day where the 10 companies from the most recent incubation cycle presented. (See Demo Day website to read about each one!). I also had the opportunity to present a set of opening […]

Snapshot of the Brazilian art scene

If you like art, this is the time to go to Brazil. Here is a short guide of how to do it in three days. Day 1: Visit the Sao Paolo Bienal (http://www.bienal.org.br/).   This is the 30th edition of the Bienal, and in sixty years many think that it’s the best one yet.  Curated by […]

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