Bowei Gai

World Startup Report: 16 Countries and Counting

Editors note: This guest post comes courtesy of Bowei Gai, founder of World Startup Report.
Bowei sold CardMunch to LinkedIn in 2011.
After releasing The China Startup Report and generating more than 125K views, he started a 9-month long trip in January 2013 to research the world’s startup ecosystems (across 29 countries and 36 cities).

He visited Chile between March 7th – 10th and I supported his work by setting up an agenda to connect the chilean community (founders and investors) with him.

If you’re planning a trip to explore Chile’s market and networks, make sure to:
1) download our new ‘Making it happen in Chile‘ market entry handbook series 
and
2) check in with AndesBeat.

A million thanks to the World Startup Report team, sponsors, and volunteers around the world for making this trip a reality. It’s been an amazing 6 months. Here’s a recap of what I’ve learned on the road. Continue reading

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PlayStation launches in Chile: Job opening for Key Account Manager

Earlier this week PlayStation’s online network went live in Chile and Argentina as they continue their aggressive expansion in Latin America. Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Venezuela are the other countries currently in the roadmap of countries in the region where they will work to grow their brand and reach. Continue reading

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Deal or no deal?! Know when the price is right!

Imagine this:
You are sitting in the most comfy armchair in your living room, the sun is shining but still you are slowly but surely getting upset.

Just because you are trying to find the place where to get a certain product, let’s say a cell phone, for the least amount of money.

Easier said than done – we all know that!!

And of course we don’t want to end up paying much more money than you would have had to.

With regard to product search, LatAm is still a little bit behind Europe and the US, so this is the perfect time to start using the brandnew product search and comparison engine Compara.la, which was publicly launched 2 weeks ago.

Compara.la was founded by Jorge De Ossó and Josefina Concha and believe it or not, it is 100% bootstrapped.

Jorge admits that this was hard and they have been working on it for over a year now, but simultaneously running a small mobile software development shop it is possible to pay for all the expenses – and it is worth it!

Your life will become so much easier when it comes to online purchases!

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Loogares.com, S. America’s Yelp, Launches iPhone App with more than 15,000 reviews!

Have you ever been out with a group of your friends and got a craving for something to eat or perhaps you wanted to go out with some of your colleagues after a long week of work for happy hour, but was not sure which were the best rated restaurants or bars in the local area?

If you answered yes and are based in (or visiting) Chile or Argentina, you will definitely love, love, love the new Loogares iPhone app.

Loogares, the most complete online city and entertainment guide with recommendations of places to visit in your free time and various services in Chile and Argentina has expanded its online presence by releasing their first application for iPhone. Imagine 15,000 restaurants, bars and places of interest, all just a few clicks away.

The new app is now available in the Apple App Store and based on your physical location will display tons of places around you which have been rated by real people from your own community. The app provides a complete listing of bars, restaurants, timetables, wi-fi zones, happy hours and more. Check it out! Continue reading

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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

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Loogares.com online entertainment guide nears 10,000 reviews

Loogares.com was founded by friends, Nicolás Brown (Commercial Engineer), Alberto Marcías (Designer) and Jordi Casanueva (Designer) while traveling in a modded out van (photo at left) in the north of Chile. The details of that evening are a little fuzzy, so I am not sure if they were riding in the Scooby Mobile (Mystery Machine), but insiders tell me they were definitely on a wild and crazy adventure. Traveling on a bootstrapper’s time and budget, they wanted to make the most of their travel experience. Thus, after intensely discussing is their an app for that….startup mode set in.

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Propiedad Facil Simplifies Life for Landlords and Tenants

Digital nomads Guillermo Horno (Argentina) and Adrian Fisher (Argentina by way of USA), often wondered why you could pay every bill for your residence at many convenience stores, check cashing places and retail stores but you couldn’t pay the rent/mortgage for your residence itself. In Argentina where they lived until recently, they said it was a real hassle. And from that hassle their start up was born.

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QB9 Brings International Attention to Latin American Game Developers

Growing up, many Latin Americans had to constantly adapt to economic and political uncertainty and a business bureaucracy that people in Silicon Valley couldn’t even dream of confronting. This has forced entrepreneurs here to think outside-the-box from an early age, and develop a fiercely independent streak, which is crucial for tech innovation,” says Vinod Sreeharsha, a Sao Paulo-based U.S. journalist who has written extensively about the Latin American tech industry.

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