About the angst of riding a hot, hot, hot market

Paar im Gespräch, Simon Glücklich, 1880–1890

Before reading this post, I’m sure you scanned your timeline and read about the new record VC round, the latest unicorn unveiling, and the founder brag about industry disruption. Latin American tech is hot and we’re all thrilled about the momentum.

We’re also anxious.

The market is booming but only for a small number of hot deals. Most of us have not yet minted a unicorn. Some of you are probably waiting for an email from a key investor as you see your list fill with NOs. …


Expanding our investment focus to foodtech

Wheatfield with Crows, Vincent van Gogh, 1890

‘I’ve decided to stop eating meat, dad. There’s too much cruelty involved in making and putting meat on our tables, said Tomas, during breakfast. Out of the blue!’

‘Surely, we can find meat with a more humane treatment of animals.’ I said quickly bringing up a solution to avoid all the potential adjustments in our already complex family menu riddled by allergies, moody tastes, and diets.

‘By the way, I prefer you don’t mention my decision outside of home. Just be natural about it.’ my son responded, then 16 years old, ignoring my solution and trying to control his distaste…


There is always light.

Only if we are brave enough to see it.

There is always light.

Only if we are brave enough to be it.

@TheAmandaGorman


Sun Setting Over a Lake, J. M. W. Turner, 1840

To be honest, I wanted to skip this post. This year took the joy off this recurrent somewhat superfluous reflection. Maybe it is for the better.

Facing a world with unbearable inequalities, can I really talk about the acceleration of technology adoption in Latin America?

When access to a digital world makes people unhappy or unemployed or oppressed, should I discuss the trends in early-stage startup valuations?

When the most celebrated entrepreneur can only dream of escaping our planet rather than saving it from technology, may I discuss my boldest fintech prediction?

When leadership can produce a vaccine in months…


A first date playbook for founders

Interior of a Restaurant, 1887 by Vincent Van Gogh

Originally published on Antonico

I sucked at dating.

Here’s how it went almost every time. After a strong opening full of storytelling and chivalry at a carefully chosen venue, I stumbled sooner or later. Like a clock. I inevitably turned off my new friend with an awfully arrogant comment, a distasteful joke punctuated by a loud laugh or an intense monologue that delved too deeply too early.

If by any chance I went through the first encounter without a screw-up, I was so surprised that I froze, unable to make the next move. I…


The Bus, 1929 by Frida Kahlo

I could hardly see the screen. The vapor coming from my light blue face mask inundated my transparent glasses. Tears clung stubbornly to my eyes.

The empty sanitized cafeteria had been retooled to limit human social interaction. I typed my code to access my portable digital life on a laptop that had forgotten my face months ago. What can I do to take my head of an excruciating five-hour wait? To start, I needed to force myself to concentrate on the simplest task I could think of. Tweet something, I quickly decided.

I got into the Whastapp web app, found…


Ways to invest venture capital

Le Prêteur et sa femme, Quentin Metsys, 1514

With time, you have probably become skeptical about the value-added promised by venture capitalists. You know, the whole how-can-I-be-helpful jabberwocky. It’s not surprising. Not because investors do not genuinely help, their value is just overblown, oversold, and over-promised.

Once in the bank, cash is indeed hard to differentiate. To stand out and get access to your companies, investors add the promise of future work to their checks. So, we promise. We tell you the stories.

And some added value is just that, stories. If you look at the investors crammed in a unicorn’s cap table, it’s impossible to believe that…

Federico Antoni

Lucky guy

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