From June 17th – 19th, Endeavor held its inaugural eMERGE California event, sponsored by Gigaom, Zynga and Co.Lab, which brought together top entrepreneurs, investors and mentors to highlight fast-growing tech markets outside of Silicon Valley. As part of the event, an Endeavor Investor Network session sponsored by Greenberg Traurig convened Endeavor Entrepreneurs and representatives from premiere venture capital firms in an afternoon of networking and discussion around emerging markets. In addition, Endeavor partner Barclays held a special advisory session for one of the entrepreneurs in attendance.
“Endeavor Entrepreneurs are frequently the forces leading or disrupting their regional tech markets. With Endeavor’s presence in twenty countries, it’s in a unique position to showcase the potential of these markets side-by-side via the individuals who are shaping them,” said Shaun Young, Endeavor’s Director of Network & Business Development and head of Endeavor eMERGE California.
Over the course of the three days, some of Endeavor’s most promising tech entrepreneurs represented their markets and countries in front of a number of Silicon Valley’s key business leaders. The event opened with a mentorship breakfast with top investor Dixon Doll, co-founder of venture capital firm DCM, who addressed strategies for supporting tech ecosystems in non-traditional markets. Entrepreneurs then had the opportunity to meet with Joanna Rees, Endeavor Global Board Member and Managing Director of Endeavor Catalyst, as well as the staff of Endeavor California to discuss approaches to raising capital in Silicon Valley as international entrepreneurs.
Three Endeavor Entrepreneurs were featured as speakers throughout Endeavor eMERGE California, including Brazil’s Antonio Carlos Soares of RunRun.it, Argentina’s Germán Dyzenchauz of GoIntegro, and Lebanon’s Rabih Nassar of Apstrata. With expertise in cloud-focused technologies, these entrepreneurs contributed widely to the week’s events, addressing participants in sessions with the Endeavor Investor Network and members of Endeavor’s California network, including executives from the Omidyar Network, Dropbox, Silicon Valley Bank, Zendesk, SurveyMonkey and the SF Mayor’s Office. In addition, the entrepreneurs participated in a panel moderated by Endeavor President Fernando Fabre during the Gigaom Structure conference, a premiere cloud-focused technology event. Additional Endeavor Entrepreneurs in attendance at eMERGE California included Chile’s Pablo Godoy of Inzpiral, Argentina’s Sally Buberman and Ignacio Lopez of Wormhole, and Mexico’s Guillermo Casares Gonzalez of Mexis.
The Endeavor Investor Network session on June 17th featured participation from leading U.S. venture capital firms, including Accel Partners, General Atlantic, Lumia Capital, Omidyar Network, Ribbit Capital and Rise Capital, who met with a selection of Endeavor’s top companies representing Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico and Miami. The afternoon kicked off with an hour-long conversation with the three eMERGE speakers, who provided insights on the market opportunities that growing tech economies offer cloud-based companies and potential partners. The entrepreneurs and investors then participated in formal rounds of speed-networking, where 24 investors and companies from Endeavor’s portfolio met over coffee, company narratives and presentations, culminating in 100+ formal networking connections over the course of the afternoon. Following the formal networking, participants continued with an informal reception themed around the World Cup.
Additional highlights from the week included a private dinner hosted by Endeavor Catalyst Managing Director Joanna Rees in honor of the Endeavor Entrepreneur participants of eMERGE California. Also, following one of their talks, Antonio Carlos, Germán and Rabih were invited to Dropbox to meet with members of the company’s corporate development, sales and international teams to discuss regional trends in mobile, cloud and payments. Finally, the event wrapped up with a special advisory session with Endeavor partner Barclays. The meeting convened senior Barclays executives to help provide guidance to Mexican Endeavor Entrepreneur Guillermo Casares Gonzalez on his company’s approach to fundraising and expansion.
“[Endeavor eMERGE California] was a great opportunity to showcase my company, meet lots of interesting new people and get to know Endeavor better. It was truly a pleasure and an honor to participate, ” said Antonio Carlos. “It is great to be a part of Endeavor and to share my dream.”
Endeavor eMERGE California will feature more of Endeavor’s best international tech markets, focusing on topics such as mobile, payments and the sharing economy, and continue to spotlight the entrepreneurs at the forefront of these areas. The participating entrepreneurs in this event represent a range of cloud-based services and solutions. Learn more about their companies below:
Antonio Carlos Soares joined the Endeavor network in 2010 as part of Brazil’s Aorta, a software company that serves major clients by helping them harness new technologies through customized IT applications. Antonio is currently the co-founder of RunRun.it, a cloud-based team management platform. The product helps managers of mainstream companies enhance team productivity by providing dashboard reports and tools for improving workflow assurance, task management and employee performance evaluation in a simplified format.
Founded by Germán Dyzenchauz and Gaston Lejtman in 2002, Argentina’s GoIntegro is a leading SaaS social engagement platform for companies in Latin America, offering a suite of software applications to manage internal communications, corporate benefits, recognition programs and incentives. With offices across the region, the company boasts more than 300 corporate clients and reaches upwards of one million daily users with revenue growth of 30% in 2013.
Lebanon’s Rabih Nassar worked in development in the enterprise software space for years with Element^n, ultimately turning its product legacy into Apstrata, a highly scalable, cloud-based solution for back-end infrastructure. Apstrata packages the fundamental server-side building block components necessary for HTML5 and mobile application development, saving mobile developers both time and money.
Chile’s Inzpiral is a BI software solution company consisting of three product platforms, each compiling, consolidating and analyzing large data sets for the optimization of pricing and distribution strategies. Founded by Pablo Godoy in 2011, Inzpiral’s solutions primarily apply to the Retail and CPG market, but is expanding to serve the mining and telecommunications sectors as well.
Argentina’s Sally Buberman, Ignacio Lopez, and Maximiliano Menasches have focused their efforts on creating an affordable, high-quality solution to allow people in emerging markets to work, learn, and communicate over the Internet. With Wormhole IT’s products, which are typically 90% cheaper than competing products, the team’s solutions have already been successfully exported to and localized for over ten countries and are actively used by over 60,000 users.
Guillermo Casares González took a business ridden with accounting irregularities and a broken ISP model and reoriented it as a Management Risk Service Provider. Based in Mexico City, his company Mexis integrates managed services in network infrastructure, security and applications with the concept of “Security 360°”. Today, Mexis is a leader in the industry and operates under its own proprietary technology.