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

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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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

How to get great press without breaking the bank: 3 of 3 articles in a PR series

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post on public relations for your startup (3rd of 3 posts) submitted by Colombian based Fursos (NOW LIVE!) Here are the first and second articles.

A startup should NOT hire a publicist.

To quote Mark Cuban Never hire a PR firm.  A public relations firm will call or email people in the publications you already read, on the shows you already watch and at the websites you already surf.

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