For almost two decades, I have watched entrepreneurship explode across Latin America and the Caribbean, empowering citizens, transforming economies and changing lives. In sectors ranging from restaurants and small manufacturing to high tech, entrepreneurs are changing the economic and social landscape of the region. Perhaps most important, they are also generating jobs. Across the region, 60 percent of employees work for businesses with five or fewer employees. In Mexico, 72 percent of employment comes from micro-, small- and medium-size businesses. In Brazil, small enterprises create two out of every three jobs.

Whether they are running small enterprises (as in Cuba today) or high-impact companies raising venture funding in Silicon Valley, these entrepreneurs are willing to take risks, betting everything on their ideas and often looking failure in the eye—only to try again and again.

In my days as a venture capitalist and angel investor, I heard many ideas, reviewed countless business plans and was privileged to meet an enormous number of entrepreneurs. Each had a vision for the business they wanted to create and a resolute drive to succeed. They were willing to work day and night, seven days a week, to realize their dream. They had courage and tenacity. “No” was simply not in their vocabulary...



Recent Articles

Date Title
11/21/14 Cuban doctor arrives in Geneva for Ebola treatment
AP, Miami Herald
11/19/14 Top Obama aide won’t rule out unilateral easing of Cuba policy
Oliver Knox, Yahoo News
11/18/14 Current Record
11/17/14 A Cuban Brain Drain, Courtesy of the U.S.
Editorial Opinion, The New York Times
11/14/14 Yearning for a challenge, two top chefs plan restaurant in Cuba
Noe Torres, Reuters
11/12/14 Senators: We're Optimistic Cuba to Free Contractor
AP, ABC News
11/12/14 The new realities of running a business in Cuba
Jonathan Wolfe, Cristian Science Monitor
11/11/14 New York Times goes on a Cuban crusade
Thomas Sparrow, BBC
11/10/14 Aid agency rules would ban risky undercover work
Desmond Butler and Jack Gillum, AP
11/10/14 In Cuba, Misadventures in Regime Change
Editorial Opinion, The New York Times
11/10/14 Cuba’s Slave Trade in Doctors
Mary O'Grady, The Wall Street Journal
11/4/14 Cuban Government and USAID, a Fraught Relationship
Yoani Sanchez, The Huffington Post
11/4/14 Cuba seeks over $8 billion in foreign investment
Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, AP
11/3/14 A Prisoner Swap With Cuba
Editorial Opinion, The New York Times