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 remarks at the event. I spoke about the momentum we are experiencing in Latin America, the fact that we have a growing middle class coming of age during the digital revolution, and that Brazil is not the only success story in LatAm anymore. Peru, Colombia, Chile and even Argentina with its shaky politics, are doing extremely well and contributing in an important way to the success of our region. I also talked about mentorship and what a great experience it has been for me. Mentorship is a core element at 21212. Each startup gets assigned a pair of mentors to help them work through big problems. In my case, however, I can say that I learned as much from my mentees and from the 21212 team as they might have from me.
Davis Smith, successful serial entrepreneur, was also there. He gave a talk about his experience launching baby.com.br in Brazil 2 years ago. His site is like diapers.com in the US. He walked us through how his company had evolved and grown in such a short period of time and further evidenced that the time of ecommerce in LatAm has finally arrived.
I love being a part of 21212 and can’t wait for the next Demo Day. Every businessman in Latin America should support initiatives like this one, as they are the best way to support entrepreneurship in our region.
Check out this great advertisement for the Guardian paper in the UK. Highlighting the organization's commitment to open journalism, it shows all of the different media platforms and methods of engagement used to cover the news, using the story from the children's tale The Three Little Pigs. So creative!
Guardian open journalism: Three Little Pigs advert - Video