10 College Startups to Change the World

June 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

At the Kairos Global Summit event in March, approximately 300 “Kairos fellows”  met with mentors from the private industry, the not for profit sector, and government to discuss huge, global issues like world hunger, access to clean water, higher education, energy consumption, empowering women globally, and expanding access to health care.

Students met with “50 most innovative student ventures,” presented by The Campaign for Free Enterprise, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Read more about the innovative student ventures that are sure to become big news. Also, made sure to check out this innovative Mexican company on how it’s changing the face of energy consumption worldwide.


Billionaire Cisneros to Team Up With Chinese in Latin America Oil, Gold

June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Venezuelan billionaire Gustavo Cisneros is setting up joint ventures with Chinese banks to carry out investment in Latin American commodities industries.

“You’ll probably see in the next year or two a lot of Cisneros China or China Cisneros in Latin America and it’s going to be whatever comes, whether it’s oil, gold or big cattle operations,” Cisneros, 66, said yesterday in an interview at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York. “They understand they don’t have the knowledge to run these businesses. They need results now and we can provide results.”

Both Cisneros and his daughter Adriana are optimistic about the outlook for their business in Latin America.

“We have the best decade of Latin America ahead of us, of course this or that happening, but the numbers objectively,” Cisneros said before being interrupted by his daughter.

“It’s our decade,” she said.

“It’s going to be fantastic,” Cisneros continued. “Any way you look at it, politically, economically, culturally, Latin America has come into its own.”

The chairman of Cisneros Group of Companies, who is relinquishing operations of the firm to his youngest daughter Adriana, said he aims to push through projects that have been delayed by state inefficiencies through partnerships in energy, agriculture and metals. Deals may take place in countries including Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Panama, Cisneros said.

Source: Bloomberg

What benefits for China and Latin America do you see as a consequence of this new partnership?






‘500 Startups’ Adds 21 New Companies

June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

From Forbes Blog:

Tech accelerator 500 Startups has accepted 21 new companies, and none of these hot new entrepreneurs are your typical Silicon Valley soon-to-be CEO. For one, most of them are not from the U.S.:

500 Startups founder Dave McClure has been actively looking at companies internationally and in his latest selection of companies, 30% of the founders are from outside the U.S. The 21 new companies include entrepreneurs from Australia, Chile, Mexico, Estonia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan. An interesting tidbit is how he finds these new pieces of 500 Startups. It’s said that Dave McClure organizes something called Geeks on a Plane, a traveling squad of entrepreneurs and investors that travel around the world to South America, East Asia and Europe to find new batches of untapped talent. There are also a number of U.S. companies from outside Silicon Valley in his latest pick.

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