Chile launches one day business incorporation online portal

One day incorporation in Chile is now possible online per official news published on the Chilean Ministry of Economy today. Further reinforcing the Chilean government’s commitment to making Chile’s SMB community more globally competent, the one day incorporation platform went live less than one month after the announcement of the PayPal & Multicaja partnership, which opens access to 123 million prospective clients in 190 countries.

Chile’s new online portal will now allow users to start a company in a single day, easily and free. The procedure is done electronically through this web portal under the Ministry of Economy. They have also simplified the process for those wanting to dissolve a business, which in the past was unfavorably looked upon and thus a difficult process for many. Continue reading

Online education website Floqq launches in Latin America

We all want to learn something new, don’t we? So why not learn from the best?

My mom and I have a deal: She teaches me how to cook the most delicious meals of all, and in return I teach her how to use the computer and create stunning PowerPoint presentations. This way, both of us learns from the other and teaches the things he can do best. But there is a limit of what my mom and I can teach each other. Neither of us knows how to speak Chinese, for example. But there are millions of people that can, the question is: How do you find them?

For all Spanish speakers, there is Floqq, an online platform that offers a great variety of educational courses in the form of high quality videos for anyone who wants to perfect or improve any professional or personal skill via the internet. The platform launched in Latin America on March 19th offers more than 600 courses, which have a price of US$10-20, to people from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

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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

Four Chilean startups selected for UDD Venture’s Open StartUp

“Simplify your life” could be the mantra for the winners of the Open Start Up competition of UDD Ventures. More than 200 projects applied, and in the end an evaluation committee chose four winners from the last 9 pre-selected teams.

Analyzing the winning companies, you clearly see the trends of today’s Startup scene: Simplify processes within the companies and improve communication and transparency. Social networks and mobile apps can be found in all kinds of areas, some of them more, some of them less useful (but we won’t mention any names ;-)) Continue reading

FunPuntos acquired by Acid Labs

With Latin American countries topping the ‘happiness’ global ranking report (2013), FunPuntos news that they have been acquired provides another step forward in their mission to see that the region’s customer retail experience will be the same.

Just 59 days after FunPuntos (Fun Points) announced its launch, today we bring news from an official company representative that FunPuntos has been acquired by Acid Labs for an undisclosed sum.

FunPuntos is a smartphone enabled customer loyalty app with backend merchant management system, that was created by Oxford University alumni Daliso Zuze and Nabil Meralli.
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AndesBeat ‘remote’ picks for Start-Up Chile Demo Day

Yesterday Pinterest acquired Livestar (a company that launched at TC Disrupt SF 2012, where AndesBeat organized the first ever Chilean Pavilion at the conference); Google released Keep (as a way to get into Evernote space, seems so), expanded its Google+ Platform Team, improved it’s Sports-Related Search Results and made Digg.com links disappear from Google’s search results. Plus yesterday also was the International Color and Happiness Day! What a day, huh?

But you know what? At the end of the day, that news wasn’t relevant at all in Chile’s start up world, because everyone’s attention was on Start-Up Chile Demo Day VIP and what could happen inside of Av. Providencia #229, Santiago, where 21 companies had the chance to flirt with investors for a few minutes to bring some funds and hit their next milestones.

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Destinalo.com launches a new booking platform for local and sustainable accomodations

Did you know there is magnetic activity in the Atacama desert that makes a van move uphill?

Have you ever taken part in a real Chilean ‘asado’, immediately making friends among complete strangers?

Have you ever crossed a large river by canopy, climbed a glacier and drank fresh glacier water?

These are about the best and craziest experiences I had when traveling around Chile, the moments that made me fall in love with this country and its people. It were these unexpected, spontaneous surprises that only local Chileans can show you. They will offer you real, authentic experiences because they know the secrets of their country that nobody else knows.

I think the most important thing I learnt about travelling is that it is not only about seeing nature, cities or tourist attractions. It’s about getting to know a new culture and, for the time of your stay, become part of it. That’s where unique experiences and even friendships are born.

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Chilean startups: Are you ready for MIT Media Lab’s Aji Challenge?

Startups, developers, researchers and inventors in Chile, Encuentros is looking for you!  Applications for the Aji Challenge, sponsored by MIT Media Lab are now open. Apply before 31 March 2013 to qualify for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to USA to pitch your idea.

MIT Media Lab recently kicked off the ‘Ají Challenge’ innovation and entrepreneurship contest, an initiative organized by ‘Encuentros 2013’ who reunites hundreds of professionals, professors, researchers and Chilean entrepreneurs abroad every year. Continue reading

South by South America: Chile, Brazil lead LatAm presence at SXSW 2013

 Editor’s Note: An uber special thanks to our friends at uShip who inspired this ‘South by South America’ themed post. However, they did not create nor endorse this post.

Hearing the lineup of countries attending SXSW this year, it is starting to sound more like South by South America! As all the local and international press begins to surface about Chile and their big showdown going on at South by Southwest 2013, some folks have asked us why are we “late” on releasing a news story regarding Chile’s involvement this year.

(In photo, Nixter team from Chile when they first arrived to U.S.A.)

At AndesBeat, we work to provide exposure in many different ways to early-stage startups and major foreign technology firms ideally before they enter the Chilean market. So our interest is more targeted towards promoting:

  • The start-ups and foreign tech companies at the SXSW conference who are newly launching in Chile
  • The start-ups and foreign tech companies preparing to launch a product or service in the Chilean market
  • An individual who can share an experience with Chilean startups who are not able to attend SXSW but can learn or benefit from the experience

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Chile welcomes top email infrastructure provider, SendGrid

Companies often spend tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars (and hours) preparing to launch new products, services and campaigns. Some of these launch expenditures may include market research, design, copywriting, marketing, analytics, staffing and other ancillary services.

Yet, a surprisingly overlooked and underestimated part of any launch is the necessity to reach your customers and subscribers via email. Drafting and sending an email message may not seem difficult, however, the notification and delivery part of the email equation is often challenging for many companies. So while your launch announcement, promotional or app notification email may have been successfully sent, the million dollar question is:

Was your email successfully delivered to the intended recipient’s inbox
or was it caught by a spam filter?

SendGrid, a cloud-based email delivery provider founded in the U.S., has been working hard to help companies successfully answer this question. SendGrid provides a scalable email delivery platform allowing companies to easily send and deliver transactional and marketing email to improve email deliverability and customer engagement.

Today Sendgrid announces Chile as one of the strategic markets in Latin America, along with Brazil.
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