Ariel Muslera, Regional Advisor at LAVCA, recently participated on a panel at Buenos Aires Futura, an event organized by the city government of Buenos Aires to facilitate discussions about the growing importance of technology and innovation. Panels explored topics ranging from the impact of technology on social interaction and economic development to opportunities for education and entrepreneurs.
Ariel, along with panelists Diego May (Junar), Inaki Berenguer (Pixable), Fernando Martinez Lafuente (CIC Consulting Informatico) and Alejandro Marshad (Endeavor), led a lively conversation about Innovation, Entrepreneurs and Economic Development, noting that as the playing field levels between emerging and developed economies, there is immense opportunity for entrepreneurship to be a bigger driver of economic development in Latin America.
“The challenge is to be able to think big and not limit the potential of a startup because of short term needs. For that, it is fundamental to grow the early stage VC ecosystem in Latin America, so that companies can focus on developing compelling products instead of paying next month’s rent,” said Muslera.
The panelists also agreed that the single, most valuable thing a startup team can show to a potential investor is a cohesive, complementary team that not only has a vision but, more importantly, has the skills and the experience to successfully execute that vision.
To view videos from the event, please click here.