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Mexico’s Silicon Valley seizes opportunity opened by Trump’s xenophobia

February 16, 2017

Duncan Tucker (@DuncanTucker) published a great article today on Motherboard (a VICE Magazine property) about how the governor of Jalisco (Aristóteles Sandoval) is trying to attract Bay Area startup talent to Guadalajara (dubbed the “Silicon Valley of Mexico”). He’s offered to work with any American tech firms affected by Trump’s policies, while providing opportunities for […]

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Bracing for Impact – Mexican banks are about to be “Ubered”

October 4, 2016

I came across this interesting and well-written post from Ravi Venkatesan, the Chairman of the Bank of Baroda and former Chairman of Microsoft India, in which he talks about how fin-tech startups are poised to dramatically impact the banking sector.  He goes further to explain that the effect will be MORE pronounced in India due to long history of […]

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Agave Lab in the Financial Times of London

June 17, 2015

We got this great write up in the Financial Times.  The original article is here but you need a subscription to see it so, in the interest of copyright infringement, I’ve included the text below.   Population: 1.5m (4.4m in greater Guadalajara) Backing: $100m+ for 300 Jalisco start-ups in two years Time to set up a […]

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The Economist Writes About Agave Lab Ventures

April 5, 2015

We were humbled and honored to be featured in a story from The Economist magazine over this weekend.  Apparently our unorthodox approach to investing in Mexico caught their eye and they did a really great story on it.  In addition to being able to tick off on of my life’s goals (I’ve been a fan […]

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Is Innovation Innovative?

March 27, 2015

I was happy to read a piece in TechCrunch about the startup ecosystem in Mexico. It was mostly a puff piece but, we’ll take whatever we can get. All of the usual suspects (including Agave Lab Ventures) got a mention which, again, I’m happy about and thankful for. However, in reading it, I couldn’t help […]

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Agave Lab Ventures Launch Party

February 20, 2015

Sorry you missed it. We spent about 20 minutes discussing the Mexican investment world, and how it’s different than what I was used to in the US.  Then we went through the Agave Lab Venture Fund, our investment thesis, what we invest in, how we reduce risk, the sorts of exits we pursue, and the […]

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Agave Lab Announces Venture Fund Targeting Mexico and Latin America

December 1, 2014

I’ve been investing and mentoring startups here for a couple of years and the question that always comes up at cocktail parties is: “Why don’t you raise an early stage venture fund.  Mexico could use it.” We are finally doing it! We’re raising a modestly-sized seed fund (target = $2M).  Our investment thesis is fairly unique and […]

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