Its hard to ever know how seeds once planted will grow.
This and next week represent an exciting reconnection of my work with Chile. For context, in 2003, I took an early version of what was to become the blueprint of Tech Ranch Austin to Chile. I was convinced that I needed to open the next door of my life, in not just starting yet another tech startup, but instead, starting a platform, some might say a revolution :-), of startups working together.
Its exciting to see how these seeds have grown. Two really quick areas that I’ll mention here. This next Thursday, Paige Brown, Founder and CEO of Tripeezy heads to Chile, as one of the winners of Startup Chile. Startup Chile is a program where the government of Chile is investing money in her startup.
Secondly, three executives are coming from Chile- two from Antofagasta- where the major copper mines of the world area, and another long term colleague and friend coming from Santiago. We’ll be talking about specific technologies that the executives from Antofagasta are looking for. Moreover, we will explore ways to shape the innovation culture of Antofagasta in specific, and Chile more generally.
I am excited because the work that originally took me to Chile, including perhaps the simple concepts, and my naive understanding of these concepts and my work has now blossomed into a much bigger opportunity that includes many businesses and early stage entrepreneurs. Feeling like a proto-entrepreneur for the Startup Chile program (before there was a program years ago) its exciting to see doors open where there were once walls and a bunch of dreams.