By James Bargent
For high street bookstores, squeezed by the explosion in e-books from one side and the dominance of online retailers like Amazon on the other, the death rattle has been sounding. However, for an enterprising pair of literature lovers backed by a nearshore software development team, the new digital age has instead been marked by the sound of opportunity.
Members of the third annual Nearshore Americas Power 50 Ranking – announced here today – demonstrate the real character of this emerging, chaotic and scrappy young industry. The ranking, which is the result of a five-month nomination and review process, strives to bring to light the spark and inspiration that powers the Nearshore business community. The list is remarkable for several reasons.
By Narayan Ammachchi
Although it hasn’t ocurred overnight, international air carriers are beginning to get very focused on making Latin America a key part of strategic growth plans. The data continues to show strong demand for flights from the U.S. into Latin America and the Caribbean, and carriers from JetBlue to venerable American Airlines are taking note.
It’s not often that Uruguay is mentioned in the same breath as major Latin American software innovation hubs – such as Santiago, Guadalaraja or Sao Paulo. The country doesn’t have the same brand recognition of those locations, but Uruguay is appearing to perfect the ‘slow and steady’ approach to becoming a top tier player in software development methodologies, e-commerce and Web app development.
Nearshore Nexus – the premiere conference for the exploding world of Latin America and Caribbean IT innovation and accelerating business process services – is returning to the New York City area on April 24 and we’re extending a special offer for IT, procurement and sourcing decision-makers to join us!
Nexus is calling on outsourcing ‘buyers’ (corporate or small business executives in IT, finance, procurement, or sourcing) to participate in this very special, very exclusive conference. We are offering a 25% ‘early bird’ discount for buyer executives. Go here to request an access code invitation to Nexus, and we’ll process your request. (Buyer executives can come from any nation in the Americas, or from any other part of the world, for that matter.)
Going on its third year of operation, Nexus is specifically designed to harvest the best ideas and brightest opportunities …
The Nearshore Americas team is proud to announce our panel of judges for the 2013 edition of the Power 50 Awards.
The Power 50 – the prestigious annual review of the most influential executives in outsourcing in the Americas – is expected to feature many new names and faces, reflecting the wide and deep expansion of Latin America-centric outsourcing.
By Jon Tonti
Mentorship is a critical component of any business accelerator or incubator although the maturity of the mentoring process seems to vary widely. Endeavor Global, the well known organization borne to stimulate and motivate the world’s “high impact” entrepreneurs, has carved out a special niche in the Latin America market – where mentoring continues to greatly influence the ‘die or fly’ prospects of next-generation business creators.
“Endeavor provides three essential elements in its conceptual mentorship approach: senior advice, a valuable network, and world class partners.
By Kirk Laughlin
Talk about contrasts. Go visit Montevideo, Uruguay – the serene coastal city which has a very healthy software/ IT sector. Notice something very important: The country’s policy makers and IT sector leadership get it. They fully understand and have digested one of the core facts around the state of global, technology-fluent human capital.
A top exec at Uruguay XXI points to some surprising strengths of this Southern Cone nation.
By Jon Tonti
We sat down recently with Pablo Brenner, Director of Innovation Consulting at Globant and a central figure in Uruguay’s venture capital (VC) scene, to talk about a new venture capital fund that is set to launch by year-end 2012 with a focus largely on Uruguay. “The fund doesn’t have a name yet, maybe we will call it Fondo Emprender 3,” said Brenner as the fund will be the third VC fund born out of Uruguay, all three of which Brenner helped orchestrate.