Latin America’s Fintech Funding Gold Rush

This episode is all about fintech funding! Latin America’s fintech companies are growing and getting funding is an on-going challenge for all startups in the region, so I wanted to get a VC’s perspective about funding. And I invited Guy Hartstein a VC analyst from Recharge Capital, LP backed fund with a strong focus in emerging markets. He told me about the exciting fintech trends in the region, how valuations are different in LatAm compared to the US and what he looks for in a company before making a deal. =========== Let’s keep EMT…

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Is It Time for Mobile Payments to Take Off in Brazil?

Two years is a long time for technology development. Back in 2015, several home-grown mobile payment apps were taking off. Still, none of the big players was showing a real interest in the country. Fast forward two years and the mobile payments landscape is very different. The major players are betting big on Brazil: Samsung Pay arrived in 2015, and Google Pay was launched in October 2017. Now, Android Pay finally arrived in Brazil too. It operates with near-field communication (NFC) technology, the same way Samsung Pay and Google Pay…

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