Yanin Alfaro (EN)

Yanin Alfaro (EN)

Tech & Funding Reporter

Journalist with experience in startups and technology applied to business. I was a reporter for the business section of Milenio, co-editor at Entrepreneur en Español and reporter at Expansión.
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How a Mexican Launched a Spanish-Language Streaming Service Targeting Latinos In US

CanelaTV offers content ‘by Latinos for Latinos’, has secured funding in the US and is penetrating the Mexican and Colombian markets

Startups

Scanntech, KLYM, Parfin, Rocketfy, and Scouter Among the Ones Who Raised Capital in LatAm

Beyond fintech, this week investors bet on collaborative economy and e-commerce, among others.

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Mexican Internet Association Names New Leadership Amidst Reports of Bad Management

Analí Díaz Infante takes on the role following controversy surrounding her predecessor’s exit, and which resulted in the resignation of most of the association’s advisory board members

Startups

Rounds of the Week: Genial Care, BioElements and OrderEAT Raise Funds

The first venture capitalist rounds in 2023 for Latin America targeted healthtech, cleantech and foodtech

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Startups

Rounds of the Week: Bricksave, Hero Guest Kick Off 2023 Funding In LatAm

In a slightly smaller round than it expected to receive for its Series A, Argentine proptech Bricksave has received investment from Graphene Ventures

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Which Are the Most In-Demand Tech Professions In Latin America In 2023?

Tech trends and experts point out the most sought-after professionals in the region this year, such as specialists in software, cloud computing, 5G, the metaverse and blockchain

Startups

Rounds of the Week: Aviva, Klubi and Jusfy Raise Funding

Despite being a year of falling venture capital investment, Latin American early-stage startups raised rounds this week

News in English

Venture Capital In 2023: What LatAm Startups Can Expect, According to Investors

The fundraising market is cooling and has yet to hit bottom, but a recovery could come in the second half of next year, investors say

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News in English

Latin American Startups Take On Record Debt In 2022 Amid Dearth of VC Funding

$1.3 billion in debt was disbursed in Latin America in 2022, breaking the previous record of $823 million in 2021

News in English

Mexico’s Aviva Raises $2.2M In Pre-Seed Round, One of Year’s Largest In LatAm

The fintech launched by former executives at Citi, Scotiabank and Konfío say Wollef, Newtopia, Seedstars, 500 Startups and Xtraordinary VP participated in the financing round

News in English

Seed Capital Availability in LatAm Could Make 2023 a Good Year to Start a Business

Bloomberg Línea looks at which sectors are the most attractive in which to launch a startup in Latin America next year

News in English

Venture Capital Investment in Latin America Continues to Decline

Transactional Track Record’s latest report points to a 5% drop in the number of transactions to November in comparison with last year

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News in English

Rounds of the Week: Agritech Dominates Investment in Latin American Startups

Argentine company Kilimo, Chile’s WiseConn and Brazilian startup Seedz, all of which are dedicated to improving irrigation systems and raising agricultural yields, raised funds this week

News in English

Latina Launches Nopal-Based Bath and Body Brand and Woos US Consumers, Investors

Sandra Velásquez gave up a music career to launch a brand of natural hygiene products made from the nopal cactus, and who is seeking to compete with international brands

News in English

Investment in LatAm Seed-Stage Startups Will Flow Despite Recession, Magical CEO Says

Juan Orlandi, CEO of accelerator Magical says early-stage startups remain strong, whether or not a recession rolls in next year

News in English

Former Employees Lambast Kavak for Customer Service Failures, Bad Management

Former employees of Latin America’s most valuable startup tell Bloomberg Línea about the company’s problems in the markets in which it operates

PUBLICIDAD
News in English

Rounds of the Week: Piwi, Scaleup, Typcal, BioEsol and Smart Break Raise Funds

Bloomberg Línea rounds up the Latin American startups that received funding this week

News in English

Mexican Crypto Unicorn Bitso Cuts 25% of Staff After FTX Crash

The Tiger Global-backed cryptocurrency exchange laid off 25% of its staff following the collapse of crypto exchange FTX

Startups

Rounds of the Week: Talently, Flourish and Klavi Raise Funds

While late-stage enterprises are struggling with valuations and a shortage of capital, early-stage startups continue to capture investment

Startups

Rounds of the Week: Early-Stage Rounds Keep Pushing LatAm’s Startup Segment

Tul, Fácil Consulta, Trii, Trully were some of the Latin American startups that received funding this week

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News in English

Mexican Customers Switch from Banks to Fintechs, But Penetration Remains Low

Studies by global firms show that Mexicans are using both types of financial institution, seeking neobanks for credit cards and loans, but are also maintaining an account with a traditional bank

Tech & Funding

FTX Collapse Could Trigger ‘Domino Effect’ for Crypto Exchanges, LatAm Industry Experts Say

Experts talk of ‘natural selection’ for crypto trading firms, in yet another chapter that could lead to investors fleeing risky assets

Startups

Rounds of the Week: N1co, Liti, Perfekto and Leapr Secure Funding

Fintech, healthtech, foodtech and metaverse are the industries that raised seed-stage capital in Latin America this week

News in English

Chilean Unicorn Betterfly Buys Brazilian Startup SeuVale

One year since landing in Brazil, Betterfly has acquired SeuVale, which offers flexible benefit options

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News in English

Beat Exits Argentina, Mexico and Peru to Focus on European Markets

The ride-hailing app exits the three Latin American markets from November 9 to focus on Europe, but the company’s Peru division has hinted at an imminent global closure

Tech & Funding

Twitter Layoffs: Uncertainty Persists at Platform’s Latin America Operations

The mass layoffs announced by Twitter last Friday also affected its main markets in Latin America: Brazil and Mexico, although it is not yet known how much

Startups

Rounds of the Week: Beep, Zerezes and Aerialoop Capture Capital

This year looks set to be a record year for seed-stage investment in Latin America, as the amount invested outpaces that of 2021

News in English

Mexico City Residents Bemoan Rent Hikes, Gentrification Driven By Airbnb Rentals

The accommodation rentals platform is blamed for rent increases that affect locals, with observers eyeing the need to adopt measures implemented in other cities around the world

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Startups

Kavak Restructures Corporate Team in Mexico as Growth Stalls

The second-hand vehicle sales platform is carrying out a corporate restructuring as sales fall short of expectations, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg Línea

News in English

How a Quarter Bereft of Unicorns Bodes Badly for Latin American Startups

There are 47 “soonicorns” in the region that are awaiting more funding rounds to reach unicorn status

News in English

Rounds of the Week: Franq, Faster, Vixtra and Nopalera Raise Funds

After a record 2021, venture capital investment in Latin America is “returning to pre-pandemic levels,” according to LAVCA

Startups

Rounds of the Week: Kukun, Lara AI and Traive Among LatAm Startups to Raise Funds

Brazil and Mexico continue to attract more capital in the region, according to the latest report from Transactional Track Record

PUBLICIDAD
News in English

Delivery and Ride-Hailing Apps Respond to Mexican Government’s Social Security Plans

Mexico’s Labor Ministry aims to regulate delivery drivers and riders in 2023 so that the companies’ half a million workers in the country are recognized as employees and can be eligible for benefits

Startups

Rounds of the Week: VC Funding in Latin America Falls for Fifth Straight Quarter

Latin American startups received $1.1 billion in the third quarter; this week Arch, Zulu, Fidu, and Vozy raised rounds

News in English

By Latinos, For Latinos: Vamos Ventures Eyes US-Based Hispanic Entrepreneurs

A US citizen born of Mexican parents, Marcos González talks to Bloomberg Línea about how his venture capital fund aims to invest in “creative, capable and innovative” Latino entrepreneurs

News in English

Rounds of the Week: Tipspace, Minteo and Solvento Secure Investment

Latin American startups in the gaming, NFT and fintech for logistics sectors raised their first millions this week

PUBLICIDAD
News in English

Latino-Owned Duolingo Acquires Gunner Animation Studio to Enhance User Engagement

This is the first acquisition by the edtech startup since it made its debut on Nasdaq in 2021

Startups

Rounds of the Week: Funding Still Flowing into Latin American Startups

Brazilian startups Ali and Cortex raised funds this week, with a Series A and a Series C

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Why Are Latin American Unicorns Opting for Debt Over Venture Capital?

Clara, Clip, Kavak and Konfio are some of the billion-dollar companies that have resorted to contracting debt to spur their growth

English version

Rounds of the Week: Solfácil Secures $30M Series C Extension

Solfácil extended its Series C by $30 million, while startups such as Sugo Company, Heru and HelloSafe also raised rounds

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Startups

Rounds of the Week: Vidia, Carvuk and DolarApp Raise Funds

Early-stage Latin American startups remain attractive to hedge funds and angel investors

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Mobile Banking Startup Majority, Serving Immigrants in US, Closes $37.5M Series B

The financing comes just nine months after the company’s Series A, bringing total capital raised so far to $83.5 million

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Brazil’s Ebanx Expands into Africa as CEO Says Worst of Crisis is Over

The fintech anticipates a strong digitization push in Africa over the coming decades, as is occurring in Latin America

Startups

Rounds of the Week: Healthtech, Foodtech and Fintech Capture Funds

Latin American early-stage startups that received investments this week include Cuéntame, b4waste, Magis5, Credix, Draftea and Haro

PUBLICIDAD
Tech & Funding

Rounds of the Week: Venture Capital Keeps Flowing into LatAm, Albeit More Slowly

Venture capital experts had already warned that investors will be more cautious, but this week they bet on Bankme, Medu Protection, Menta and Efinti.

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Carlos Slim’s Telcel, Femsa’s Oxxo Face Anti-Monopoly Probe

Both companies, leaders in their markets, are allegedly limiting customer access to competitors of Carlos Slim’s mobile network

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Mexico’s Plerk Lands $12M Investment Led By SoftBank Spinoff Upload Ventures

The employee-wellness startup’s founders were selected by Y Combinator but adapted the business as a result of the pandemic

Startups

Rounds of the Week: Monashees Leads Investments, Says Companies Have 2-Year Runway

LAVCA data shows that the number of seed and early-stage investment in Latin America grew in the first half of 2022

PUBLICIDAD
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Bitso Launches Crypto Debit Card, Views Digital Asset Downturn as Cyclical

Despite the recent fall in value of cryptocurrencies, the Mexican crypto exchange unicorn says there is demand among its users for cards

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Mexico’s Auronix Lands $14.5M Structured Loan from Alloy Capital

The conversational commerce startup aims to use the capital injection to achieve sustained growth and profitability

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