LATAM Startup Success: Jobsity, and 9 Other Ecuadorian Stars

Latin American Tech is booming. Over the last 20 years, the thriving cultures and economies south of Silicon Valley—from Mexico to Colombia to Argentina’s Southern Cone—have begun to follow the steps California’s Tech Mecca in terms of products innovated, dollars invested, and developers trained. In this series, we will honor and celebrate some of the hot spots and rising stars of LATAM tech, to showcase our neighbors and show off our region. We hope you enjoy!

Success comes in many forms. For Jobsity, we feel successful when we help create meaningful systems and structures for our clients to increase productivity, refine processes, and improve their products and services with powerful, well-written code. 

But another way we measure success is by the community we’re part of and the rising tide of tech prowess and importance that is the Ecuadorian and LATAM tech scene.

Today we’re celebrating some of that kind of success by taking a moment to share our pride and excitement at being named one of the ten Ecuadorian startups listed in Latamist’s 10 Startups You Never Knew Came from Ecuador.”

The list, compiled by journalist Sophia Wood, is rooted in a comprehensive history of tech innovation in Ecuador, something which we’ve been gabbing about for a while, and a fact which inspired our original decision to found Jobsity way back in 2012 — and to begin connecting Latin American tech talent to US-based companies in search of enhanced capacity and staffing.

As Woods writes, and as we often say, Ecuador is uniquely suited to host a blooming garden of tech innovation for a variety of reasons:

  • The government provides five-year income tax exemptions for companies working in the software industry 
  • The low cost of living allows for companies to use hub cities like Quito as safe launching pads for new (and even radical) ideas
  • & an impressive pool of educated, bilingual engineering talent means Ecuador can be a strong base for local entrepreneurs hoping to make an impact locally and then expand across the region and to the US.

After making a strong movement into software development in the 1990s with now-international companies like Cobiscorp, Kruger Corporation, Location World, and Grupo Céntrico, Ecuador has managed to create an ecosystem which is impressively self-generating today. In Wood words: “many of the newer generation of entrepreneurs worked for, or were mentored by, the business people who built Ecuador’s software layer in the 1990s.”

We’re proud to be a part of this “newer generation,” alongside Cuyana, Inspectorio, Kushki Pagos, Shippify, iBillionaire, Keyo, Nuvocargo, Kriptos, MiPos — all startups we hope to feature in this series in the coming months!

For now, head over to read Woods’ article, and explore what’s so exciting about these companies, and what’s exciting about being a startup in Ecuador today.

And if you’re interested in learning more about LATAM tech talent, or hiring talented Latin American developers to add capacity to your team, as always: drop us a line. There’s a reason Jobsity is the nearshore staff augmentation choice for U.S. companies.

 

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Feb 12, 2020
Santiago Castro
Santiago Castro

Santiago, COO at Jobsity, has been working on the web development industry for more than 15 years, assuming a variety of roles as UX/UI web designer, senior frontend developer, technical project manager and account manager, he has achieved a deep understanding of the development process and management, and developed strong communication skills with groups and clients. At present, Santiago runs the operations of Jobsity, managing offices in the United States, Ecuador and Colombia, leading a team of more than 100 developers, working on major projects for clients like NBC, GE, Bloomberg, Cargill, Pfizer, Disney and USA Today.

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