Tag: ecosystem

October 18, 2018
500 Startups Miami
October 18, 2018

Why 500 Startups is betting on Miami, and so should you

I am a Mexican who grew up in the “small” town of Guadalajara, Mexico (6M people, but feels small compared to Mexico City’s 20M+ population). I’ve had the privilege of studying and working in the LATAM, European and US markets, and calling world-c...
February 04, 2018
February 04, 2018

The MENA Ecosystem: The Year Ahead

2017 was a landmark year for the MENA startup ecosystem. That hectic pace of development has continued, even accelerated in the first month of 2018. Having been in the MENA startup space in one form or another since 2007, looking back on what has ...
May 09, 2017
May 09, 2017

Announcing 500 Falcons first closing at $15m out of $30m target

  Today, I’m thrilled to announce the first closing of our 500 Startups MENA Fund (aka 500 Falcons) at $15M out of our $30M target. While we have been investing in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region since 2011, including 55 dea...
December 28, 2016
December 28, 2016

What the World Could Look Like in 2040

"The best way to build the future is to create it" the quote from Peter Drucker best explains Singularity Universities vision for the world of tomorrow. Earlier last month I had the opportunity to attend Singularity University’s demo day at NAS...
July 06, 2016
July 06, 2016

Fintech Investment is Exploding — 5 Ways Governments & Ecosystem Builders Can Help

with Sheel Mohnot Investment in fintech companies is up 8X in the past 5 years, with over 200 financings for a combined $4.9 billion in 1Q2016 alone.   "Silicon Valley is coming. There are hundreds of startups with a lot of brains and money wo...
April 28, 2016
Santa Monica, Nathan Makan, Flickr
April 28, 2016

LA’s Startup Ecosystem: Talent, Capital, and… Velocity?

Many of us who've never lived in Los Angeles have strong opinions about the place. It's the galactic center of the media universe, but we snark about its cultural inferiority, inauthenticity and general lack of seriousness. All prejudice is bas...
March 30, 2016
Cool Classic Convertible Downtown Miami, Phillip Pessar, Flickr
March 30, 2016

Miami’s Startup Ecosystem Only Needs A Little Gas In The Tank

Few of us who live and work in the Bay Area hail from here, but we still have a regional bias; the Bay Area is the best. We enjoy moderate weather, natural beauty and diverse communities that produce culture so rich, we had to coin the word "hella...