Taking a laptop to South America to launch a startup

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Dates 1 Jan '12 to 30 Jun '12

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Est. Cost 10,000 - 20,000 USD (USD United States Dollars)

Type Travel Partners Wanted

Name Taking a laptop to South America to launch a startup

I'm going to Ecuador in January with my wife and two small children. She's going to be volunteering at an orphanage (she's worked there in the past) and I'll start a tech company. I'm taking a couple laptops, iphones, & android to develop mobile & web apps.

We're hoping to also be able to travel around and see sights such as the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, the Amazon, & Patagonia, as well as experience the cultures of South America.

I'll be immersed in the local culture (I don't know Spanish, but my wife is fluent) and working hard on my business but hope to have time for lots of fun.

If you'd like to drop by or rendezvous for an adventure or a hacking session, come see us in Cuenca.

Taking a laptop to South America to launch a startup

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fijiaaron
fijiaaron We're settled into our new house in Cuenca in the historic central area of town. We got internet on Friday and Monday I actually spent working on design for a mobile app. I've made a few contacts, but would love to meet developers and designers here in Cuenca to work with.
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene hey, sounds great. When are you actually moving? I should be heading to either Peru or Ecuador in January. I also really want to go to the Galapagos Islands but only if I can find out how to do it cheaply. Any ideas?
3 years ago
fijiaaron
fijiaaron Hey Charlene! We're going to Ecuador at the beginning of January. The biggest challenge now is getting rid of all our stuff. After that, we'll have to decide what we're actually taking with us. We seriously considered a shipping container. The cheapest way to go to the Galapagos? Become a resident. We might do that in the long run, but you've still got to go as part of an official tour group, so prices are high.
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene cool well good luck with packing. become a resident on the islands? i found someone on couch surfing who lives on the islands and she says you can just get a plane there and that you don't have to go on a tour
3 years ago
fijiaaron
fijiaaron I meant that it is discounted for a resident of Ecuador.
3 years ago
Chris
Chris Ecuador sounds exciting, I have been to Brazil and Mexico in the past, albeit on holidays, both of which were fantastic places and very very different to parts of the world that I have seen before, great culture and recreation to be found wherever you look. Like all these places in South America there is never quite enough time to see everything but if you are going for a longer time you should be able to see some of the great wonders of the Americas. Plus of course improve your Spanish language skills!
3 years ago
fijiaaron

fijiaaron Yeah. My wife is busting my chops about how I should be studying Spanish more now.

Ecuador does have some amazing travel spots (like the Galapagos) but one thing we like about it is how laid back the country is. We can have weekend hikes and surf trips, explore the mountains and jungles, and then take excursions to other countries to sample the cuisine and people (no we're not cannibals.)

But day to day we'll have good friends and culture, and an afternoon stroll with the kids to the park can include passing magnificent colonial architecture and 25 cent ice creams.

All in all it's a great place to settle down and get some work done on my business without retreating to the suburbs and getting saddled with a mortgage that would keep us from exploring further.

If you ever make it down to Ecuador Chris, please stop by.

3 years ago
Todd
Todd Hey Aaron. Love the trip. We've been doing the same for the past 15 months or so. Have you heard of Startup Chile? Applications are open right now. They provide $40k to new startups who are willing to work out of Chile for 6 months. They are less interested in the idea and more the people (just a tip if you decide to apply). Otherwise, good luck with the new venture. Would love to hear more about it and talk shop.
3 years ago
fijiaaron
fijiaaron Todd- I have heard of Startup Chile. Thanks for bringing it up. I think it's awesome, and I've been involved in StartupWeekend here in Seattle. I'd seriously consider getting involved in Startup Chile but we're pretty set on making Ecuador our base because we have friends there. I'd like to get down to Chile though, and would love to find some talent to recruit. I might try it once I've got a team built though. Anyone interested?
3 years ago
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fijiaaron fijiaaron
United States of America
 

Troopers Following

Chris Todd Lauren Sebastien Rothlisberger

Countries

Latin America

Highlights

  • Helping orphans
  • Hacking
  • Surfing
  • Exploring the Amazon jungle
  • Climbing Cotopaxi
  • Sailing in the Caribbean
  • Fishing for marlin
  • Riding on top of trains
  • Galapagos
  • Machu Picchu

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  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Sailing & Cruising
  • Volunteering
  • Altitude 4000m+