7 days left to apply for NYCEDC ‘LatAm to NYC’ program

There are many cultural differences between New York and Silicon Valley (each place has their own pros and cons), and after reading Chris Dixon‘s thoughts – NYC needs enough tech critical mass that the next Mark Zuckerberg seriously considers relocating to NYC –  is easy to understand why the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) originally launched a program last year called “World to NYC” as a way to ‘help global entrepreneurs and businesses leverage New York City’s resources and economic opportunities‘.

However, ‘LatAm to NYC‘ program was naturally born after Patricia Bayley’s (Project Manager at NYCEDC) request to Alex Torrenegra (in promoting the program within his networks in Latin America) when they discovered that half of the entrepreneurs that attended to ‘World to NYC’ came from LatAm. Continue reading

Our guest reporter coverage at Techcrunch Disrupt NY 2012

Editor’s Note: This guest post is courtesy of Francisco Sáez, Nixter Chief Nightlife Officer. Nixter is a mobile app that allows you to find the best parties based on your real nightlife likes.

Francisco is AndesBeat guest reporter at Techcrunch Disrupt NY 2012.

It’s been a while guys, but I’m back in the web again!!

I was missing writing for AndesBeat…

You guys know…all the eyes of tech, entrepreneurship, startup scene blablabla are looking at NYC for TechCrunch Disrupt 2012.

So what is TCD2012?! I really have no damn clue… I knew it was supposed to be a great event, lot’s of startups, VC’s walking around, bloggers, geeks, freaks, models also 1313… but I’ve never had the chance to attend to one of these events.

But what better than flying to the “city that never sleeps” and being part of this event representing AndesBeat to understand a little bit more about this thing??? Continue reading

Mindscore becomes in the favorite ‘Evernote for musicians’ mobile app

Let’s say for a minute that you’re in the music business, you have the ‘gift’ of being a music composer and usually, your mindset is composing music in the less expected moments.

However, everytime someone asks you for your songs music sheets, you say you don’t have anything, mostly, because it’s a time-consuming task and is a real pain to keep your music ideas in sync with your notebooks.

And most important for music amateurs: how many times you have got an idea for a song, but you don’t know how to write it?

Guess what???

Now your musical footprint can be mobile and Mindscore is the iPhone app that you didn’t know you have been always waiting for! Continue reading

Let’s change the Chilean mindset

Editor’s Note: This guest post is courtesy of Francisco SáezNixter CEO. In this post Francisco writes about a ‘real story’, his story!
..and if you’re from Chile or Latin America, it’s probably your story, too!!  

Would you like to feature your experience, story or knowledge in a post?

Please connect with us!

We’re open to share guest-posts generated by our community.

First off. Chile doesn’t need more (cut and paste) engineers.

Chile needs more artists, more innovators and of course…more entrepreneurs.

I’m trying to find the reason why Chile has a low rate of entrepreneurs and I think it’s all because of history. Continue reading

Sharing Services & Collaborative Consumption Meetup

Editor’s Note: This guest post is courtesy of Anna Korolyuk – PhD student in physics,  who became enchanted by entrepreneurship and now is enjoying her work in Kassi, sharing service for local communities.

Date: Monday, 2nd April, 19:00
Place: Casa Lastarria (map)
RVSP here

Have you ever heard about Collaborative Consumption or the Sharing Economy? No?
Ok, have you ever borrowed a power drill from a friend or asked neighbor to water your flowers, when you were on a holiday?
Congratulations, that’s it!

Sharing is one the oldest way of social interactions. Clearly, it was invented before the money. And now it’s rising again. Thanks to the Internet, now we can find a couch at someone’s house on the other continent, borrow a car without even knowing the name of the owner or borrow money from someone, you could never meet in real life. Access to resources is becoming more important than the ownership, and online reputation makes it possible to trust strangers in a way that has not been possible before.

Some of the most known sharing services include peer-to-peer marketplaces (Tradepal), social lending (Zopa), peer-to-peer travel (CouchSurfing, Airbnb and Onefinestay), experiences (GuideHop), event ticket sharing (unseat.me) and car sharing (Zipcar and RelayRides).

During the meet up, we will try to bring together sharing services, which now work in Chile, and people who are interested in the topic. Continue reading

Chimbalab seeking eco-electronic geeks for their open hardware & DIY community

Chimbalab is currently organizing the 2nd Meeting of Open Hardware & DIY (Electronic Circuits) that is scheduled for April 6-8th at the fab and trendy new Santiago MakerSpace.

Chimbalab, co-founded by Claudia González and Constanza Piña, seeks to connect people from interdisciplinary themed groups (arts, music, design, technology, engineering, etc) to support an open source vision; strengthen collaborative work; enhance creativity; and the development of autonomous learning.

To build a permanent home for Chimbalab,  the organizers started a fundraising campaign on Ideame (the kickstarter of Latin America) with the purpose of renting a space that has all the needed infrastructure; meeting production, design, management and documentation, plus 3 days catering and materials to develop each project. Continue reading

After raising US$600,000 500startups ‘Welcu’ is opening offices in Argentina, Colombia and Brazil

It’s August 2011 and Nicolás Orellana (Welcu CEO) is pitching ‘the best way to manage high-end, unique events‘ at 500 Startups Demo Day (check the pitch at the end of this post).

He ends the presentation saying they are looking for a US $600,000 seed round.

Now, 7 months later, they have successfully raised those funds and just announced their expansion in Latin America. Continue reading

Launch your business idea with JumpUC (2012) new contest

This Wednesday (March 28th, 2012) JumpUC oficially launches their 2012 contest edition at Campus San Joaquín, PUC.

Students from all Chilean universities can apply until April 30th and submit their ideas to these topics: Science & Technology; Global; Social and Arts!

The winners (three for each topic) are going to receive US$ 2,000 to get their idea started and a business tour in Brazil (Innovation Award sponsored by Ideal).

Continue reading

SXSW Success! f*ck Luck?

Editor’s Note: This guest post is courtesy of Francisco SáezNixter CEO.

Since January (2012), the Nixter Team has been working in Sunnyvale (CA) as part of CORFO’s Global Connection program, which allows Chilean entrepreneurs to incubate their project for 3 months in Plug & Play Tech Center.

In this post Francisco shares the experience they lived at SXSW 2012, while doing a NIXTER demo at Startup Spotlight event.



What’s the first thing you think when you hear South by Southwest(SXSW)?
Twitter?  Foursquare? Fast and explosive success right?

Yeah, we thought the same when we got a spot at “Startup Spotlight” event at SXSW.

I thought… this is it! Continue reading

Aurus Capital ‘Taggify’ US$750k

As reported by Andrea Hartung yesterday (via La Tercera), Taggify, which allows publishers to monetize their website through relevant ads in text, images and videos, has received a US $750k investment from Aurus Capital.


Tiburcio de la Carcova played his major role (as advisor) in this game when he introduced Gustavo Bessone (Taggify CEO and co-founder) to Raimundo Cerda (Aurus Managing Partner). Continue reading