Opportunities Connecting Worlds

Many have asked me what’s brought me to Chile this time.  As I sit here in Antofagasta, Chile, I wanted to share this recent New York Times article that frames in the discussion.  Power in the 21st century is about networks. Over the next 10 years.  The individuals, companies, and nations that have the strongest networks will define the age.  Its critical to continually build these networks. I am in Chile to assist entrepreneurs in Austin, Antofagasta, and Santiago to connect, create strong relationships, and do business with each other… and through this, transform each location.

Opportunities come from all over the world.  In my business, I’ve known this since I started my first company, for my “first dollar earned” was actually a peso from Mexico.  As we forge and create into the future, the world we’re building as entrepreneurs will be about being connected together. Its not just a naive vision of the future, its good business, especially given that $40 billion will be invested in Antofagasta over the next 10 years.

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  1. Wow! You arrived with a bang – and I appreciate you posting us also all along the journey. This is really exciting and I look forward to following the unfolding of such great opportunities to bring more of the world together on projects of this merit.

    Sherry – Austin Texas USA — lover of much about Chile also, though, including some wonderful natives we have fortunately inherited here in this country along with much of their heart and spirit for life (and the salsa!) !

  2. Can you tell us a little about the internet infrastructure in Chile? What is the most common way people connect to the internet: at home, coffee-shop, mobile? What payment processing do online consumers use to pay for products and services, such as PayPal? Or do they use mobile payment processors such as Zong or Boku or some local processors? This kind of info helps entrepreneurs prepare for an international market or to localize their offerings for different parts of the world. Thanks

  3. Fidel,
    When I connected there was wide broadband- at offices / homes/ coffee shops / resturaunts. In fact, I was really surprised how many businesses had access for their customers- in Antofagasta, San Pedro de Atacama, and Santiago. I’d say that (at least for the places that I went) the density of connectivity on locations was as high as it is in Austin (which is better than Dallas as an example).

    On the payment question- I have seen paypal used, but I have not studied what is being used…. most of my experience was either in paying in American dollars or Chilean pesos (both online and offline) but I don’t think that I’ve cultivated a very sophisticated awareness of this.

    Good luck in preparing for the international market- certainly there are many great opportunities, especially in the Americas!

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