Mexican Startup Scene – A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action.

Hi Everyone:

I presented this at the last iTuesday and people have been asking me to post it.  Check it HERE:

The summary:  Investors and Founders are talking a good game, but few companies are actually getting off the ground, and few real VC investments are happening?  I offer some possible reasons that we’ve found ourselves in this position and what we might do to kick off a real startup ecosystem.

Mexico – Here we come

Great article from Thomas Friedman in the Times.  I thought his point was interesting about how Mexico is getting over the Narco War.  “It’s as if Mexicans subconsciously decided that their drug-related violence is a condition to be lived with and combated but not something to define them any longer.”  I agree but with a bit of a twist – the narco crap has been such the center of attention for so long that I, (and I think the majority of mexicans)  are just sick of hearing about it.  It’s become boring and folks have just stopped paying attention to it.  First it was shocking, then it was a national identity thing (wringing of hands, rending of garments, etc.) and finallly, ah, fuggetaboutit.

I think the biggest thing that Mexico has going for it (which, curiously, never gets mentioned) is that it’s coming from so far behind!  Things have a natural ebb and flow to them and, in my opinion, Mexico had all but exhausted the “down” part of the cycle.  There was really no where to go but up – the radical disequilibrium between the US and Mexico  (in terms of poverty, commerce, productivity, education, you name it)  has been SO out of kilter that it seems that Mexico is due for some “up” time.

I’m sure glad I’m here at this time.

Website for TedX Guadalajara – Done!

Yesterday we put the finishing touches on the website that we developed for the upcoming TedX conference happening here in Guadalajara. We did the design and development using responsive design so feel free to point your ipad, iphone, android, widescreen, laptop, wristwatch, or embedded retina scanner at it.  It will adapt so that it always looks groovy.

The conference is next Saturday (23th) so if you don’t have tickets yet – you better get on it.  There aren’t many left.


Ayer nos dio los toques finales a la página web que hemos desarrollado para la próxima conferencia TEDx pasando aquí en Guadalajara. Hicimos el diseño y desarrollo con responsive design.  Se puede revisarlo con su ipad, iphone, Android, con pantalla grande, o ordenador portáti. Se adaptará de modo que siempre se ve genial.

La conferencia es el próximo sábado (día 23) por lo que si usted no tiene entradas aún – tiene que comprarlas.  No quedan muchos.

Office remodel is advancing – slowly.

Hey All:

So we’re nearly done with rewiring the entire compound. A gargantuan task that involved cutting open walls, mountains of dust, and just a general hassle (we had to relocate to my house for a week). I’m expecting that we’ll have working plugs, switches, etc. by mid-next week! This weekend we start doing the painting – yellow and grey accents. Then we add some new furniture, etc. After we finish the main room, it’s the kitchen, then the pool and yard. Get your bikini and your floaty toys ready!

Tag our new office – win some cash! // Graffitea nuestra nueva oficina y gana algo de dinero!

As most of you know, we changed offices and had to leave our old graffiti wall behind (even worse, we had to paint over it!!!)  Now we have a new (and much improved) office and we want to put a GIANT drawing on one of the walls.  So we decided to run a competition.  If you’re interested, submit a scale drawing of what you’d like to do and, if we select it, you win the prize:

-2,000 pesos (not much, I know, but we have no budget)

-A great space to work with.  It’s giant 6 meters square

-All the materials.  Paint, brushes, blood. . . whatever you need.

-Beer, glorious beer.

-An invite to the grand opening where everyone will want to hang out with you.

-Fame.  You’ll sign the wall and everyone will know that you are the coolest artist in Guadalajara.

So as you can see, it’s a big L shaped thing, right in the entry way of the office.

Our designer superimposed some images that she liked (Banksy) to give folks an idea of the sort of things we like.

Como la mayoría de ustedes saben, nos cambiamos oficinas y tuvimos que dejar nuestro viejo muro de graffiti atrás (lo que es peor, tuvimos que pintar sobre el!). Ahora tenemos una nueva y mejorada oficina y queremos poner un graffiti gigante en una de las paredes. Por eso hemos decidido organizar un concurso. Si estás interesado, envía un dibujo a escala de lo que te gustaría hacer y, si quedas seleccionado, ganarás el premio de:

-2.000 Pesos (no mucho, lo sé, pero no tenemos presupuesto).

-Un gran espacio para trabajar. Es gigante de 6 metros cuadrados.

-Todos los materiales. Pintura, pinceles, sangre. . . todo lo que usted necesita.

-Cerveza, gloriosa cerveza.

-Una invitación a la inauguración […]

By |January 16th, 2013|Categories: Agave Lab|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Less is, once again, more.

Great article restating what we already know:  Do less but do it better.

From the article:
Companies think that if they add a feature, it’ll mean a better product and more customers. Yet it’s often not the case. Once the mindset shifts from:

“What new feature can we build?”


“What can we learn from our customers today?”

you’ll be closer to finding success.

Startup Weekend (or) Does this pink shirt make me look gay?

Hi.  I was invited by my good friend Mak from Hackers and Founders to be a judge and a mentor at this year’s Startup Weekend Guadalajara.  It was really fun, I met a ton of smart motivated people, and was pitched some cool business plans.  It’s like deja vu for me:  What happened 7 to 10 years ago in San Francisco is happening here – only a lot faster!

By |December 3rd, 2012|Categories: Agave Lab|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Agave Lab is hiring a UX Designer.

Looking for a User Experience Designer with the following:

Understands the concept of clean, simple, purpose-driven user experience
Strong interest and familiarity with the most current UI/UX trends and applications
Experience designing for mobile as well as web
Well-organized and knows how to structure a clean, layered photoshop files

We build multi-platform (mobile / web) applications that are fun, beautiful, and on the cutting edge of technology and design. Some of the projects we work on are done in partnership with entrepreneurs in the US, and some of them are our own ideas.   Most of all, we have fun and genuinely like what we do.

If you’re passionate about awesome design, we want to talk to you.  Please send your resume to:

The job requires working out of our office in Col. Americana in Guadalajara.


Buscamos a alguien con las siguientes cualidades:

Entiende el concepto de una experiencia de usuario simple, limpia, y con propósito
Gran interés y familiaridad con lo último en diseño de experiencia de usuario e interfaces de usuario (UI/UX).
Experiencia con el diseño de aplicaciones móviles y web.
Organizado y cuenta con la capacidad de estructurar archivos de capas limpios en photoshop.

Construímos aplicaciones multi-plataforma (móvil / web) que son divertidas, atractivas, y son punta de lanza en tecnología y diseño. Algunos de los proyectos que trabajamos se hacen en conjunto con empresarios en Estados Unidos, mientras que algunos otros vienen de nuestras propias ideas.

Ante todo, nos divertimos y genuinamente nos gusta lo que hacemos!

Si eres apasionado del diseño increíble queremos hablar contigo!  Por favor, manda tu CV a:

Este trabajo es de tiempo completo y requiere que trabajes desde nuestra oficina en la Colonia Americana en Guadalajara.

By |November 15th, 2012|Categories: Agave Lab||0 Comments

Yay! New office

So, it’s been a wild couple of weeks getting situated in our new digs.  It’s weirdly quiet and spacious, and beautiful.  We’re still in the process of finding good coffee, tacos, convenience stores, in our new neighborhood but everyday we’re finding new stuff.  We still haven’t fixed the pool, mounted the projector, found chairs for the conference room, and the kitchen is a bit third-worldy, but so far, we’re digging it.

Positive Press for Agave Lab

So Mural, the biggest paper in the region, did a glossy supplement to their paper that featured us.

I look like an absolute dork but any press is good press, I guess.