Last week, we hosted PS10: Tech in Latin America to celebrate Latin America’s growing technology ecosystem and honor its members. Investors, entrepreneurs and executives gathered in New York City to network, sit in on a region-focused discussion panel and meet a few up-and-coming startups with Latin American roots.
Among the startups presenting was KienVe, the winner of this year’s PS10 competition. Based out of Uruguay, KienVe has created mobile television application that serves as a real-time social network for the second screen.
We talked to the KienVe team right after the announcement that they’d won the PS10’s top prize. Following last week’s event, we caught up with KienVe’s CEO Gabriel Roizner again.
Eli Epstein: What did the KienVe team learn at PS10 last week?
Gabriel Roizner: We have learned that there is an opportunity to launch KienVe in the US in the near future. Another important thing is that we are very happy thatAamericans are finally investing in or trying to invest in Latin American startups. This is very important.
EE: Who are some of KienVe’s mentors and what have they taught KienVe?
GR: We only have one mentor – Eduardo Mangarelli. We are trying to enroll more mentors related to the industry in Latin America and the US.
EE: What is one aspect of KienVe that you think this trip to the US can help you improve?
GR: Television watching habits in the US are different than in Latin America, so not only it is an opportunity to meet investors and people related to the industry, but also an opportunity to talk to the people and get their feedback.
EE: How is networking and meeting other Latin American entrepreneurs important for KienVe?
GR: It is always important to belong to a community, and we are very happy we met up with Latin American entrepreneurs who are living and working in the US.
EE: What is something that Silicon Alley and NYC startup scenes can learn from the Latin American startup environment?
GR: Latin American startups could be at the same level as Israeli and US startups. More governments should help entrepreneurs, like what Chilean government does through its Start-Up Chile program in bringing entrepreneurs to Chile and granting them visa permits. Another important thing that US startups can pick up from Latin American startups is the issue of limitations – we create products with less money and, therefore, smaller teams.