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The Enthusiast: Founders & VCs beyond the Valley
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The Enthusiast: Founders & VCs beyond the Valley

Pat Alex

'The Enthusiast' showcases the journeys of some of the most distinguished founders, operators and investors in emerging ecosystems. Every two weeks, host Pat Alex sits down with the likes of Francisco Alvarez-Demalde (Riverwood), Paulo Passoni, Jeffrey Paine (Golden Gate Ventures), Clara Gold, Monica Brand Engel (Quona), Marco Fisbhen (Descomplica) and Noureddine Tayebi (Yassir). Taken together, the guests have raised venture capital in the hundreds of millions and are behind their regions' biggest business and venture successes paving the way towards a more equitable and diverse future. Follow the newsletter to always stay up to date with the latest episodes: https://linktr.ee/Patalex
Episodes
[Investor Journey] Ricardo Kanitz (Spectra) on GP due diligence, emerging fund managers and secrets of portfolio constructionJanuary 17, 2023
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[Strategic DeepDive] Axel Christensen (Blackrock) on a new investment paradigm, asset prices, inflation and implications for emerging economiesJanuary 03, 2023
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[Investor Journey] Arjuna Costa (Flourish) challenges in achieving true financial inclusion, waves of fintech adoption and embedded financeDecember 20, 2022
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[Investor Journey] Robin Butler (Sturgeon Capital) investing at the frontier from Pakistan to Uzbekistan, ecosystem maturity, liquidity and creating momentumDecember 06, 2022
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[Investor Journey] Wenyi Cai (Polymath) on building businesses for the LatAm middle class, parallels to Asia & how to make company building workNovember 22, 2022
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[Operator Stories] Noureddine Tayebi (Yassir) on closing a $150M Series-B in the Maghreb region, paying it forward and the multiplier effectNovember 07, 2022
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[Operator Stories] Jacobo Singer (dLocal) on bringing their payment solutions to Africa, lessons on expansion and promoting talent from withinOctober 25, 2022
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[Investor Journey] Francisco Alvarez-Demalde (Riverwood Capital) on board dynamics, keeping the bar high in founder selection & the importance of human capital in building a generational fundOctober 11, 2022
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[Operator Stories] Reflecting on 6 years at Rappi - Clara Gold on execution, hustle and scaling growth teamsSeptember 27, 2022
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[Strategic DeepDive] Matt Cole (Suma SaaS) on the art of leadership, agility and supporting SMEs in LatAm September 13, 2022
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[Operator Stories] Tiago Costa Alves (Golden Gate Ventures) on building tech teams, mapping Asia and the value of an Entrepreneur in ResidenceAugust 30, 2022
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Endeavor Deciphering LatAm VC Study - Panel with Magdalena Coronel (IDB Lab), Daniela Izquierdo (Foodology), Andy Tsao (SVB), Adolfo Blasco (Nazca)August 16, 2022
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[Investor Journey] Charlie Graham-Brown (Seedstars) on investing in emerging markets, the beginnings of Seedstars and how to build strong growth teamsAugust 02, 2022
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[Strategic DeepDive] Dan Green (Gunderson Dettmer) on the current VC environment and what it means for deal negotiations, contractual features and moreJuly 19, 2022
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[Investor Journey] Allen Taylor (Endeavor Catalyst) on scaling the fund to US$500M AUM doubling down on Endeavor’s mission & current macro-environment and implications for emerging marketsJuly 05, 2022
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[Operator Stories] Rafaella Baraldo (PodsFinance) on the digitalisation of banking, understanding DeFi and hedging cryptoJune 21, 2022
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[Investor Journey] Federico Gomez Romero (Seaya Cathay) on empathy, the importance of the founding team in deal selection and Seaya Cathay’s new Latam fundJune 07, 2022
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[Operator Stories] Marcelo Sampaio (Hashdex) - Building the S&P 500 for Crypto, pushing for mainstream adoption & unlocking value May 24, 2022
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[Investor Journey] Luiz Ribeiro (General Atlantic) on the origins of GA, manoeuvring bear markets, macro outlook & tips on going publicMay 10, 2022
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[Operator Stories] Janan Knust (KLog) on being uncomfortable as a state of mind, bootstrapping to $100M in revenues and revolutionising the logistics industry at the same time April 26, 2022
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[Investor Journey] Patrick Arippol & Bianca Martinelli (Alexia Ventures) on the next Gen of VC in LatAm and sustaining moats through tech enabled communitiesApril 12, 2022
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[Investor Journey] Tackling poverty through financial inclusion - Monica Brand Engel (Quona) on the intersection of profit and purpose, measuring impact and managing boardsMarch 29, 2022
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[Operator Stories] From Coca-Cola to NotCo - Flavia Buchmann (NotCo) on building consumer brands, the NotConcept and guerrilla marketing March 15, 2022
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[Operator Stories] Pedro Sônego de Oliveira (TruePay) on the next wave of B2B fintech in Brazil, building TruePay and making the switch from investor to founderMarch 01, 2022
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[Strategic DeepDive] Angie Udry (KASZEK) on scaling culture, incentive structures and managing multi-cultural teamsFebruary 15, 2022
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