Mexico

  • Small business lending in Mexico gets a boost

    Small business lending in Mexico gets a boost

    Micro-lending and small business financing are a critical component of economic growth around the world, and the need for access to low-cost capital is especially important in developing countries. The Catch-22 is that these countries are also the ones where the lending markets are the least developed. The problem is especially acute in Mexico. Read More

  • Amazon Prime launches in Mexico

    Amazon Prime launches in Mexico

    Amazon announced this afternoon that its annual membership program, Amazon Prime, is now available in Mexico. The service will offer unlimited free shipping on over 20 million items for the price of 449 pesos ($23) for the first year, before rising to the standard price of 899 pesos ($46) the following year. The move comes less than two years after Amazon launched full operations in the… Read More

  • Why have some of Silicon Valley’s top investors started investing in Latin America? Crunch Network

    Why have some of Silicon Valley’s top investors started investing in Latin America?

    Latin America just might be the most overlooked emerging market on the planet. The venture dollars in Latin America can’t hold a candle to India or China (compare China’s $11.8 billion in new VC funds for the first half of 2016, down 14 percent according the WSJ, to Latin America’s $218 million), and the region’s 600 million inhabitants get overlooked by investors who… Read More

  • The rise and rise of Mexican fintech Crunch Network

    The rise and rise of Mexican fintech

    Nothing tells the story of how the Mexican tech ecosystem is steaming ahead in Latin America quite like the rise of fintech. The financial services space ticks all the right boxes entrepreneurs look for when launching a company. On the flipside, Mexico’s fintech industry has everything VCs daydream about. It’s worth taking a step back to analyze the forces driving… Read More

  • How Mexico went from telecom laggard to mobile trailblazer Crunch Network

    How Mexico went from telecom laggard to mobile trailblazer

    Twenty years ago only one out of 10 people in Mexico had a telephone of any kind. Today, more than 100 million people have cell phones and, more amazingly, more than 70 percent of those are smartphones. To keep up the torrid growth, scrappy competitors are offering smartphones for every budget and plans that let users choose right from their handsets which services they want and how much they… Read More

  • About those Mexican sharks Crunch Network

    About those Mexican sharks

    You know entrepreneurship has gone mainstream when a local Shark Tank hits cable TV. I was approached by the Shark Tank production team in Mexico to recommend startups for the show. I sent some names of candidates that had not yet received institutional capital nor angel investment and could benefit from the exposure — at their own risk. As entrepreneurship and reality TV collide in… Read More

  • Will Uber save e-commerce in Mexico? Crunch Network

    Will Uber save e-commerce in Mexico?

    Mexico is one of Uber’s largest and most profitable markets. Read More

  • Fintech’s Five Emerging Powerhouse Markets Are At A Crossroads Crunch Network

    Fintech’s Five Emerging Powerhouse Markets Are At A Crossroads

    Accenture has warned local banking communities in Asia to wake up: It took just nine months for investment in the region’s non-banking fintechs to quadruple from 2014’s $880 million to $3.5 billion. While in developed markets, fintech disrupts financial models by exploiting service gaps between provider and consumer, in emerging markets, fintech is on its way to becoming the… Read More