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Mesoamerica and Polymath Ventures Form Strategic Partnership

THE FIRST PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN A PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTOR AND A COMPANY BUILDER Mesoamerica, a pioneering private equity investor in growth m…

Management

Prototyping beyond the end customer

A prototyping journey that built a new competitive advantage Adopting prototyping is more than only rapidly testing customer-facing feature…

Management

So you have product-market fit, now what?

Tools for managing growth beyond the founding team As startups grow they struggle to remain agile while learning to become efficient across…

News

Interview: Launching and growing startup ventures in Colombia.

Wenyi Cai managing partner at Polymath and Jeremy Dann Professor of Innovation of USC were interviewed at Bay Area Ventures. A weekly show a…

Methodology

Seed, (our company design process) explained.

Seed is where it starts Seed is a collaborative process of discovery and experimentation designed here at Polymath. We recruit talented tea…

Methodology

Gamification for Ops Improvement: Play The Change

Salvador Zepeda is Autolab’s Founder & COO. “Chava”, as we call him, brings a strong operational toolkit and is passionate about …

News

Going regional - Polymath in Mexico City

At Polymath we build human centered companies, a process that begins and ends with finding and solving deep needs in people’s expressions,…

Management

Insightful books, articles and online resources that really changed my thinking

Thomas Harsch, has joined Polymath Ventures as a Business Designer after working as an Entrepreneur in Residence for several Berlin -and Bar…

People & Culture

Tortoises, Hares, Chickens and Pigs: How you should live and work in your 20s (Part II)

In part I of this post, I talked about the importance of being a pig in your 20s. It's the only way to open yourself to the possibilities of…

People & Culture

Tortoises, Hares, Chickens and Pigs: How you should live and work in your 20s (Part I)

  At 21, I said yes to the McKinsey Dubai office without ever having been to Dubai, or any part of the Middle East for that matter. …

News

Harvard Business Review Case Study

Polymath's model is the subject of a Harvard Business Review Case Study which will be taught in an HBS course during 2017. Jeremy Danns…

News

Prensa: Entrevista exclusiva a nuestra founder, Wenyi Cai, en La República

En entrevista exclusiva para el diario La República, nuestra CEO, Wenyi Cai, explicó los orígenes de Polymath, nuestra ubicación estrat…

Methodology

Venture building: the evolution of the startup model

Venture builders are organizations that build companies in-house from pre-concept to full-scale operations. Many company builders not only c…

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Why building business in Latin America means building trust

If you want to understand the dynamics behind building successful businesses in Latin America, you need to acknowledge the importance of cre…

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Portafolio - Polymath Ventures, los especialistas en construir empresas

Prensa: Portafolio - Polymath Ventures, los especialistas en construir empresas Estamos muy contentos de anunciar que el diario Portafoli…

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Prensa: La República y Portafolio revelan los planes de expansión regional de Autolab

Prensa: La República y Portafolio revelan los planes de expansión regional de Autolab Estamos muy contentos de anunciar que Autolab, un…

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¿Qué es un insight y cómo nos ayuda a construir negocios enfocados en las personas?

En Polymath el uso de la metodología de design thinking, nos ha permitido descubrir y entender verdaderas necesidades de la clase media a p…

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What is an insight, and how does it help us build human-centered businesses?

At Polymath the use of the design thinking methodology has allowed us to discover and understand deep needs of the middle class via analysis…

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Aflore selected a BBVA Open Talent Finalist for second year in a row

We are very proud to announce that Aflore has been nominated for the BBVA Open Talent Award 2016 for the second year in a row! Now in its 8t…

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Táximo expands internationally

Táximo continues to grow and move closer to its goal of becoming Latin America’s leading taxi administration company. Founded three ye…

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Polymath featured in Wharton School’s Business Report

Polymath is featured in the Lauder Institute at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Business Insight Report, “G…

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Prensa: Dinero - El encanto de la clase media

En su edición No. 494 de Mayo de 2016, la Revista Dinero, especializada en temas de negocios, emprendimiento y finanzas, realizó un report…

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We are excited to announce that we have become part of LAVCA, the Latin America Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

Polymath Ventures is excited to announce that we have become part of the Latin America Private Equity & Venture Capital Association. LAVCA i…

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Aflore selected a FINNOSUMMIT Challenge finalist

We are proud to announce that Aflore has been selected with 10 finalists in the FINNOSUMMIT Challenge from more than 100 Fin-tech startup ap…

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Táximo Raises USD $4.6M Investment Fund

Táximo (www.taximo.co) just closed a USD $4.6 million investment round, the majority of which will be used to purchase 80 new taxis in Colo…

Venture

Aflore nominated for BBVA Open Talent Award

September will be an exciting month for Aflore, with BBVA Open Talent Award and Colombia Start-up Summit ahead. We are proud to announce …

Venture

Announcing the 2015 Seed fellows

We are very excited to share the members of the 2015 Polymath Seed Fellowship. From Ukraine to Capetown, New York City to Bogotá, we can’…

Venture

VincuVentas: managing growth and innovation

VincuVentas innovates placement services, to massively bring quality sales people to SMEs in Latin America, which contribute 85%-95% of empl…

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Autolab raises US $500K

In most of Latin America, two options exist for auto repair: dealerships which offer satisfactory but overpriced services or informal worksh…

Venture

A New Look

Updating the Polymath brand had been on our to-do list for months, but there’s never enough time when you’re busy launching three new ve…

Colombia

Building billion-dollar businesses

Check out a great article in Ozy about how Polymath approaches building billion-dollar business in Latin America. Take a moment and read …

Colombia

Interview with Wenyi Cai, Founding Partner of Polymath Ventures

Wenyi Cai, founding partner of Polymath Ventures, answers all your burning questions about Polymath in this latest interview. Excerpts below…

Aflore

Ana of Aflore Named Finalist in "Women In Business Competition"

Ana is tearing up the startup world! In addition to growing Aflore to 100+ informal advisors and a disbursed loan portfolio of $50,000 as…

Aflore

Aflore, a hot/wise investment

Aflore, one of our latest ventures, is included in the first portfolio of Colombian Hottest Startups to Invest In from iNNpulsa Colombia, su…

Colombia

Ana Barrera announced as McNulty Fellowship recipient

  We recently announced Ana Barrera as new CEO of Aflore, one of our latest ventures. We were excited about what Ana brought to the …

Venture

Culture Matters

Culture is the consequence of some persistent economic activity. It is anchored by a traditional industry – its ingredients, craft, demand…

Colombia

Polymath Ventures Mentorship Program

For the first time, Polymath Ventures is opening our doors to a selected number of Colombian entrepreneurs to be mentored directly by Polyma…

Venture

Introducing... Ana Barrera and Aflore!

We’re crazy excited about all the activity happening with Aflore lately.  One of our very first ventures from our 2012 Seed, Aflore has b…

Colombia

Bienvenidos Seed 2013 Fellows!

The countdown to the start of the 2013 Seed Project seemed to accelerate as the team members’ arrival neared. We put some final touches on…

Venture

Lean Innovation in International Development

This summer I am working with Polymath Ventures on a financial services venture, having previously worked in economic research in emerging m…

Colombia

Push & Pull: Design Forces in Colombia

"The form of an object is a 'diagram of forces', in this sense, at least, that from it we can judge of or deduce the forces that are acting…

Colombia

THE NEXT WOMEN

The NextWomen, a business magazine of inspiring female entrepreneurs and businesspeople, interviews Wenyi Cai, our Managing Partner, on ho…

Colombia

Yorokubo on Polymath

Yorokubo writes a nice little piece on Polymath serving the middle class in Latin American.  Find the article here, which pays special atte…

Colombia

Táximo is live!

Táximo, our first portfolio companies is live!...and taking people where they need to go, safe and sound. Check out the site: //taximo…

Colombia

Pulsosocial Interviews

Pulsosocial, one of the most popular entrepreneurship and innovation blogs in Lat Am, interviews Craig on why now and why colombia? Find …

Colombia

How I got here

By Kevin McElroy - -  This past May was the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Jacob Javits Convention Cente…

Colombia

An email update...

By Ash Kirvan - - (Blog post adapted from an email home…) Friends, I have a few spare minutes so figured it was a good opportunit…

Colombia

Innovation + People

By Santiago Gonzalez - - It’s all about the people When the polymath team was being assembled, I was told several times: “The succ…

Colombia

Hola Medellín

By Alejandro Lucero - -  The next series of blog posts are going to cover the day-to-day experiences of both seed teams in the Summer 20…

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