Publicado el junio 3, 2013 por Redes Colombia
by Heather West
Colombia is growing despite its violent past (source: Olivia Fernandez, London)
For several years now global investors have looked to the Southeast Asian archipelago of Indonesia as one of the great growth opportunities in Asia-Pacific, with its natural resources, its fast-growing economy and 250 million people to pay for Western soft drinks, laundry detergent and banking services.
After recently returning from four years in Asia, I now sense the same whiff of mystique and intrigue about Colombia as I did with Indonesia, with optimistic investors citing statistics about its growth potential and yet still huddling up to discuss concerns about illicit activity.
Many ask, why Colombia? After all, the name is still largely synonymous with the drug trade for many Americans who watched Hollywood flicks in the 90s. And a simple scan on Amazon for books about Colombia will return results primarily for travel guides, and one titled: Bang Colombia: Textbook On How To Sleep With Colombian Women. Another on the list is More Terrible Than Death: Drug, Violence and America’s War in Colombia.
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Publicado el mayo 28, 2013 por Redes Colombia
Easy Solutions has raised $11 million in Series B funding for technology that protects companies through the entire life cycle of computerized fraud–from planning to launching to cashing in on an attack–as it prepares to expand from Latin America into the global market. The company was founded in Bogota, Colombia, by Chief Executive Ricardo Villadiego, a computer security specialist, along with his wife and a friend.
China Renaissance Capital Investment is raising a $100 million venture capital fund in what will be the firm’s first standalone investment vehicle. Known as Huaxing Capital Partners LP, the venture fund will be invested in technology, media and telecommunications companies across the mainland, according to a person familiar with the fundraising process. The firm will tap international, including U.S., investors.
Also in today’s VentureWire, Drugmakers targeting Alzheimer’s disease have largely zeroed in on plaques forming in the brain, but Acumen Pharmaceuticals believes it’s found a better target. The company just raised $700,000 in the first of a three-tranche Series A round that will total $20 million…Tiger Global Management has led a $50 million investment to buy a secondary stake in Automattic, the company behind the open-source blogging software known as WordPress, as new money continues to flow into Web publishing tools…and Evoke Pharma and Prosensa Holding registered Friday with U.S. securities regulators for planned initial public offerings, joining a growing list of companies eager to test the appetite of public markets for clinical-stage drug developers.
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Archivado en: Colombia, Negocios | Etiquetado: Colombia, Computer Security, Cybersecurity, Easy Solutions, Latin America, Ricardo Villadiego, Technology, VC, Venture Wire, Wall Street | Deja un Comentario »
Publicado el enero 3, 2013 por Redes Colombia
Negative perceptions die hard. The February 2012 U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs’ travel warning for Mexico began this way: “Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day.”
In contrast, the analogous warning for Colombia was: “The Department of State reminds U.S. citizens of the dangers of travel to Colombia.” Consider that, in 2009, there was one intentional homicide per 100,000 in Mexico, and just 0.5 in Colombia, according to the United Nations’ “Global Study on Homicide 2011.” In 2011, there were 1,327 kidnappings in Mexico, compared with 298 in Colombia, according to InSightCrime.org and a January 2012 El Espectador article. This equates to a 75% higher per capita kidnapping rate in Mexico. Colombia’s immense economic potential is still held back by a now-inaccurate image of terrorism and violence.
The greater Colombian economy — specifically its tourism industry — is the best positioned of any in Latin America to expand steadily in the coming decades. Its breadth of geographic, natural resource and labor diversity positions it advantageously. However, it has failed over the last decade to capitalize on this advantage through poor brand management, a misunderstanding of the importance of its international perception and a number of larger, strategic infrastructural challenges. Other Latin American countries, even some with violent histories, have better managed these challenges. Colombia can still transform itself into the premier tourism destination at the center of the Americas.
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Publicado el septiembre 18, 2012 por Redes Colombia
Colombia may have one of Latin America´s oldest and longest running democracies but the criticism has always been that hers is a democracy only at the time of an election, that away from the physical act of voting, the society has very little involvement in the running of the country. 2012 is beginning to look like the year this began to change.
Citizen movements are growing more vocal and more active by the day, and what is more important, they are starting to achieve success, forcing the government to change policy and securing the resignation of key political figures.
Archivado en: Colombia | Etiquetado: Alejandro Ordóñez, Casa de Narino, Colombia, Colombia-Politics.com, Facebook, Inspector General, Justice Reform Bill, Kevin Howlett, Latin America, Santos, Thomas Jefferson, Twitter | Deja un Comentario »
Publicado el abril 14, 2012 por Redes Colombia
“La cultura representa la vida diaria de este pueblo, mezcla de razas y saberes ancestrales, y su orgullo brilla como el verde de sus esmeraldas”, dice un parte del cortometraje con el que se abrió la Cumbre de las Américas.Fuente: Noticias Caracol
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Publicado el abril 9, 2012 por Redes Colombia