Emerging Markets Enthusiast

Alex González Ormerod (Rest of World) on tech disruption, regulation and economic development for LatAm

December 21, 2021 Season 2 Episode 6
Emerging Markets Enthusiast
Alex González Ormerod (Rest of World) on tech disruption, regulation and economic development for LatAm
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On this episode Pat sits down with Alex González Ormerod, LatAm Editor of news-site Rest of World to talk about the implications of tech startup success for LatAm, whether their success will be enough to propel the region towards full development, what are possible pitfalls and whether we need more or just any regulation for the gig-economy. 

On this episode you will learn about

  • The gig-economification in LatAm 
  • Whether tech innovation is a new way to escape the middle income trap 
  • How the excessive success of Nubank and its founders is benefiting the region 
  • How can we avoid possible pitfalls of tech innovation


Alex González Ormerod is the Latin America Editor at Rest of World.
Alex is a Mexican editor, writer, and historian.
He has worked as Editor-in-Chief at publications like Contxto and El Equilibrista—Mexico's oldest surviving independent publishing house. His writing can be found online at Contxto, Letras Libres, Literal Magazine, and Nexos. Before that, he was a cheesemonger.

Make sure to check out his work on Rest of World and Alex's newsletter on Latam.
You can find Alex on Twitter and LinkedIn 

For more content on emerging markets investing and company building follow me on twitter @pat_travels or LinkedIn.

Alex's way into the world of entrepreneurship
What is Rest of World about?
Implications of the gig economy in emerging markets
More regulation?
The entrepreneurs coming for the rescue of LatAm?
On Nubank's success
A new way for countries to reach development?
Does tech scale-up success trickle down to the real economy
Pitfalls of tech innovation?
At what stage is the LatAm ecosystem?
Fast Speed Round