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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 work

November 22, 2022 Season 3 Episode 10
[Investor Journey] Wenyi Cai (Polymath) on building businesses for the LatAm middle class, parallels to Asia & how to make company building work
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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 work
Nov 22, 2022 Season 3 Episode 10

On this episode Pat sits down with Wenyi Cai, Co-Founder and CEO of Latin American venture studio Polymath. We dive into Wenyi's journey into LatAm, the region's similarities with Asia, Polymath's approach to venture building and designing business and much more.

On this episode you will learn about: 

  • The characteristics of the Latin American middle class and why is it difficult to service them 
  • Parallels between Asia / China and LatAm in terms of building business for the middle class 
  • Polymath's playbook on designing digital businesses 
  • Deep dive into social commerce app Elenas and how they scaled beyond Polymath's early stage backing 


You can find Wenyi on LinkedIn here. 

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On this episode Pat sits down with Wenyi Cai, Co-Founder and CEO of Latin American venture studio Polymath. We dive into Wenyi's journey into LatAm, the region's similarities with Asia, Polymath's approach to venture building and designing business and much more.

On this episode you will learn about: 

  • The characteristics of the Latin American middle class and why is it difficult to service them 
  • Parallels between Asia / China and LatAm in terms of building business for the middle class 
  • Polymath's playbook on designing digital businesses 
  • Deep dive into social commerce app Elenas and how they scaled beyond Polymath's early stage backing 


You can find Wenyi on LinkedIn here. 

Support the Show.

Wenyi's way into venture & LatAm
Defining & unpacking the middle class in the region
How does Polymath design businesses?
The equity piece for company builders
Elenas - Social commerce for the region
Building relationships with LPs
Fast Speed Round