“Bringing the best entrepreneurs, investors and hackers of the U.S. and Latin America to build the future of tech entrepreneurship in Latin America,” the upcoming PulsoConf in Guadalajara looks to be a not-to-miss event.
Organized by PulsoSocial, an online publication that covers entrepreneurship and technology in Latin America, PulsoConf takes place at the Guadalajara campus of the Tec de Monterrey private university on Sept. 13 and 14.
A host of heavyweight speakers will appear, including Wayne Chang, general manager of Twitter and the founder of Crashlytics, which was acquired by Twitter for over $100 million USD in January 2013; Erik Peterson, general manager of Oracle in Mexico; and Andres Barreto, the founder of PulsoSocial and Grooveshark, a hugely popular music streaming website. Other speakers include a Blackberry development evangelist and many prominent entrepreneurs, developers, designers, hackers, venture capitalists and angel investors from across Mexico and Latin America.
The speakers will deliver a range of talks, including “Trials and Tribulations of Markets in Latin America,” “Managing Growth Inside a Startup,” “Lessons Learned in Angel Investing,” “Best Practices for Fundraising on AngelList,” “Opportunities in Investing in LaTAm,” “How to Survive Your Startup’s First Year,” “10 Secrets in Recruiting and Scaling an Engineering Team” and “What it Takes to Succeed in the Valley.”
Workshops, Contest and More
Aside from the lectures, there will also be a number of workshops, including one entitled “Not Just for the US Airforce: How to Build a Drone at Home” by Jordi Muñoz, the founder of 3D Robotics, a Tijuana-based firm that has achieved great success manufacturing drones for commercial and scientific purposes since 2009.
In collaboration with PitchBull, PulsoSocial is also inviting tech startups from the Guadalajara area to take part in PulsoConf. The deadline for application is Saturday, Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m., and 10 winners will be announced the following Monday at midday. Winning startups will get to attend the event for free. They will also be entitled to film their pitches in a professional studio, they will receive exposure at the PitchBull stand throughout the conference, they will participate in a report that will be published by PitchBull and PulsoSocial, and they will be included in “off the record” activities with investors.
PulsoConf runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 and from 9 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. the following day. The Tec de Monterrey’s Guadalajara campus is located at Avenida General Ramon Corona 2514, Nuevo Mexico, Zapopan, post code: 45201.
iTuesday for Entrepreneurs
PulsoConf is one of the many local hi-tech/investment events to have been advertised at iTuesday, a monthly meeting of investors, entrepreneurs and academics in the Guadalajara metropolitan area. The August edition of iTuesday was held for the second time at the Cinvestav Center for Research and Advanced Studies, a non-governmental scientific college affiliated to the National Polytechnic Institute in Zapopan.
This month’s special guest was Gerardo Rodriguez Barba, the director of finance and strategic planning at the Kaxan Media Group, who spoke of the importance of financial planning in entrepreneurial projects. Kaxan is a Guadalajara-based company which produces animated movies and video games, including The Secret of the Jade Medallion, El Chavo and the hugely popular Taco Master.
The next iTuesday takes place on Oct. 1, although the location has yet to be announced.
Duncan Tucker is a British journalist based in Guadalajara, Mexico. He covers a wide mix of news, politics, business, the war on drugs, culture and sport. Aside from Global Delivery Report, he writes regularly for the Guadalajara Reporter, the Huffington Post and Soccer365.com. Much of his work can be found on Mexico-themed blog “The Tequila Files.” Follow Duncan on Twitter @DuncanTucker.