Monthly Archives: March 2011

Grape Juice Diplomacy and Other Amusing Stories

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is an amusing collection of stories best summarized by Mark Rutherford: This book masquerades as a book full of great stories and wonderful personalities – some well known, some utterly new – … Continue reading

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Igniting Startup Companies in Chile

The economic development agency of the Chilean government, CORFO, believes that companies in Chile started by foreigners should be subsidized. Start-Up Chile plans to grant $40,000 to 1000 companies with few strings attached. Will Start-Up Chile succeed or fail? Continue reading

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Vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina: A Profitable Hobby?

Have you ever fantasized about owning one of the vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina? It might not be as far out of reach as you might suspect. If you want to invest in the Malbec boom, you can be part of … Continue reading

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Nuclear Chile?

What is an “asymmetric loss function” (ALF) and what does it have to do with Chile nuclear power? Economist David Henderson says that if you had no ALF, you would miss half your airline flights. The asymmetry is that a … Continue reading

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Why You Should Move to Santiago, Chile

Are you are a small business owner or mining industry worker living in a place such as the USA, Europe, Japan, China, or Argentina where the government believes that the secret to prosperity is to print money, accumulating unprecedented debt … Continue reading

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Chilean Miner Rescue and the Demise of USA Capitalism

A newspaper article a few days ago reported that President Obama is considering small cuts to the federal budget, to which I commented that small cuts will not suffice, the government has grown enormous, the situation is bleak and unlikely … Continue reading

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Poor Turbulent Families: Misfortune or Opportunity?

Is it possible for a child to overcome life with parents who act like children, too? Two memoirs of poor girls describe the pains and joys of surviving, and eventually prospering, by seizing opportunities despite difficult parents and poor surroundings. … Continue reading

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Startup Businesses in Santiago

Do you live in Santiago or are planning a trip? You could profit by meeting Luis Novoa of Proteus, Jesse Davis of Entrustet, and George Cadena of Aeterna Sol, each the subject of recent articles. Proteus is working with Children’s … Continue reading

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Irrational Exuberance in 1998 and 2011

Vivek Wadhwa, whose visit to Chile I discussed previously, tweets, “Silicon Valley loves failure so much they came up with a fancy name for it: pivoting.” Similarly, Ben Casnocha tweets, “Seeing companies promote their Facebook fan page in advertisements reminds … Continue reading

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