Latin American Startups: Success Stories

June 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Unlike Silicon Valley – where “angel investors, tech talent and other vital ingredients to nurture startups are abundantly available” –  Latin America is not considered a paradise for tech entrepreneurs.

All three of the companies mentioned in the article, Latin America Startups: How Three Sourcing Entrepreneurs Crossed the Chasm, immediately focused their attention outward on multinationals in the US market. In the 1990’s, that was certainly going against the common trend. Even today, most entrepreneurial startups try to build a strong domestic presence first, to then go on and consider expanding internationally.

The first entrepreneur interviewed (they kept his eye on him since the last edition of the Red Hot Startups contest), mentions his frustrations before the success he enjoys today: “We were at the University of Campinas, which is one of the best science universities in the country and a great environment to start up,” says Gon. “I was excited by the talent I saw there, which was at the same level of knowledge and ability to execute as in the US. But I couldn’t find a single Brazilian company that was respected or represented that talent.”

Read how Cesar Gon finally overcame those obstacles and the rest of these inspiring entrepreneurs’ stories. 


Start It Up

June 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Got a Start-Up that’s going well and looking to give back to your community?

Take your newfound knowledge of the entrepreneurial sphere and share the wealth with other potential leaders. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. Take a look at the Start It Up website ( for an inspiring list of fresh, young entrepreneurs and the challenges they’ve overcome to reach their potential. 


Do You Know the CYBF?

June 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

What is the CYBF, you might ask yourself? A new basic color code? Nope. It’s The Canadian Youth Business Foundation that offers support to young entrepreneurs, guiding and showing them the way to start and develop their own companies, and initiate long-lasting, abundant work for themselves. Watch this video on it to see what you could be missing.

Making Moonlighting Work For You

June 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Watch this case of a husband and father that spent up to 80-90 hours a week working in 2010, in the middle of the economic crisis…see the effects that this amount of work can have, but better yet, get expert advice on how to moonlight for extra money, whether it’s at your own company or someone else’s.



What the White House Said To Urban Entrepreneurs

June 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

High unemployment continues to affect the job market, especially for the young, urban populations. According to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the overall national rate of unemployment is 9.1 percent.

With this in mind, the White House convened the Urban Entrepreneurship Summit at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., on Monday, June 6th. The day-long conference aimed to assist minority small business owners by bringing together government officials, private and non-profit funders and leading entrepreneurs. Attendees were encouraged to voice questions and share information in a bid to spur growth opportunities in urban areas.

White House officials that attended the event included Don Graves, executive director of the President’s Council on Jobs & Competitiveness and Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. Read for more information on the summit and the positive outcomes and ideas that came from it. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration is “Open for Business”

June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

The U.S. Business Administration is “Open for Business” in terms of having started a new SBA community with social media links, helpful blogs and interactive platforms for accessing information and advice. Visit  and join the SBA Community. Why? Well, it’s home to more than a dozen discussion boards that “put the collective knowledge of over 20,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs at your fingertips”. Click here to become a member and start asking away.




Finishing Your To-Do List- Here’s How

June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment has some great material for entrepreneurs. Here is another article for entrepreneurs on how to find the time to finish your daily to-do list. The key is to believe that you can get to everything. Oh, and creativity, lots of creativity. Here’s how.

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