Acquisitions, anyone? Last week, we saw two. Latin America’s tech community is apparently kicking off the year in a big way. Here’s a recap:
Latin America’s Political Leaders Shout from the Rooftops on Twitter
It comes as little surprise that when it comes to political leaders on Twitter, Barack Obama is a major influencer. What is intriguing, however, is who else is using the platform to reach the masses, and how they’re using it, in Latin America.
The Digital Policy Council’s World Leaders on Twitter report reveals that of the top 10 political influencers on the social media site, four are from Latin America. The DPC delves into how Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (Argentina), Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), Juan Manuel Santos (Colombia) and Enrique Peña Nieto (Argentina) are utilizing Twitter and the role the platform plays in their political strategies.
Comenta TV Gets Acquired, Twitter Gets Excited
Just last month, Juan Melano sat down with PulsoSocial to discuss just how well things were going for Comenta TV after being selected as a technology partner by Twitter. And now, things are going even better. The Argentina-based startup has been acquired by U.S. company Wayin.
The Twitter community in Latin America and the United States reacted to the news in a big way, and we took a look at who had the most to say.
Club Point Banks on Niche Focus to Excel and Expand
Last week, private buying site Club Point announced plans to commence expansion efforts in Latin America, starting with Colombia and later moving on to Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. Following the announcement, PulsoSocial reached out to company co-founder Juan Pablo Torras to learn more about what the startup has in store for 2014.
“We’ve based our work on three axes that are also valid for this year,” he told us. “One is specializing by product niches, not being a generalist but instead bringing products that we actually see that our partners request – that’s why we have a form for people to tell us what brands interest them. Another question is service. We see that there’s a gigantic opportunity to provide service with high standards at an international level. All of this is sustained by very robust technological platforms that can scale as we grow.”
ClickDelivery Scoops Up Buenos Aires Delivery in New Acquisition Deal
Colombia-born ClickDelivery is about to take on the Argentine market in a big way. The company announced the acquisition of Buenos Aires Delivery, one of the Argentine capital’s most important online food delivery players.
Now, ClickDelivery boasts operations in Colombia, Argentina and Peru and has positioned itself in a major way in the region.
2013’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs: Where Are They Now?
At the start of 2013, we laid out our picks for the Latin American entrepreneurs poised to make a splash in the year ahead. Separating the boys from the girls, we listed 20 movers and shakers who, based on their 2012 performances, looked like they were going to have a big year ahead.
Last week, we revisited our 2013 picks. Which entrepreneurs wound up making the most noise?