Monthly Archives: January 2011

Can You Trust a Chilean?

Only 24% of Chilenos responded affirmatively to survey query, “Would your neighbors return your purse or wallet if it were to fall onto their property?” I can see why because my wife Mary misplaced her purse two blocks from our … Continue reading

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Speaker Announcement for Santiago Infotech Start-Up Feb. 1

Dirk Roettges, a former resident of Germany who moved to Chile 4 years ago, will be the featured speaker at the Santiago Infotech Startup meetup on the second floor of the California Cantina on Tues. Feb. 1 at 6:30 PM. … Continue reading

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Piñera Government Buys Notes from Failing Bank

Mahatma Gandhi is famous for clever quotes; one of my favorites is his response to Winston Churchill offering independence to India if they would fight the Japanese in the Second World War: “That’s like accepting a postdated check from a … Continue reading

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New Meetup Similar to Huevapi and Start-Up Chile

I started a new meetup, Santiago Infotech Start-Up, that is a combination of Huevapi and Start-Up Chile. Like Huevapi, there is no government involvement, so participants will be free to eat pizza and drink beer. Like Start-Up Chile, it will … Continue reading

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Chilean Government Attitude Towards Alcohol Consumption

Last month Vivek Wadhwa delivered a talk to Start-Up Chile (SUC) at the San Francisco Hotel, an event organized and sponsored by the government of Chile, in which no alcohol was served. Wadhwa, who lived most of his life in … Continue reading

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Why Does Start-Up Chile Want to Mimic Silicon Valley?

The goal of Start-Up Chile is to produce the next Silicon Valley, but it’s prudent to be careful what you wish for. The official reported unemployment rate in Silicon Valley is 11%, 4 points higher than their technology competitors in … Continue reading

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Casting Aside Myths to Learning Spanish Efficiently

The most common mistake I’ve seen with Spanish students is that they don’t make an effort at the beginning to learn how to make the sounds. The double “rr” is the only difficult sound, so you can create the illusion … Continue reading

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Nobel Economist Pans Start-Up Chile Concept

The Economist, Business Week, and TechCrunch have recently published optimistic articles about Start-Up Chile. Program proponent Vivek Wadhwa ponders: How do we get the economy to grow at 4 percent, doubling GDP in 18 years, vs. 24 years? …To answer … Continue reading

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Ousted from Chile: Renewing Visas via Uruguay

We renewed our 90 day Chilean visas with a 3 day jaunt to Montevideo, Uruguay. It was more expensive than we planned; we failed to anticipate the expensive transportation to and from the Santiago and Montevideo airports. It costs almost … Continue reading

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Election Boycotts in Chile and the Brigantine Pilgrim

I’m reading Two Years Before the Mast, an 1840 diary of life aboard the brigantine Pilgrim. Old books can transport me to another world, but most are burdened with excessive boring detail because people had too much leisure time and … Continue reading

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