LABS – Latin America Business Stories is a trilingual (English, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish) news and analysis outlet dedicated to putting Latin America into the limelight, giving it visibility as a land of business opportunities and creative innovative wealth.
Born inside EBANX, the Brazilian global fintech that processes payments for international companies in nine Latin American countries, LABS has an editorial focus on business, economy, technology, and society.
LABS sees all these sections as deeply interconnected. Technology is present in our everyday lives; it is not only the main driver of the “new economy” but also a force propelling businesses and re-shaping cultures. It emerges and adapts to each region and each country in different ways, and Latin American societies are no exception. LABS gets it covered.
LABS informs the world about relevant socioeconomic events in Latin America, a region that is home to more than 650 million people, that congregates fast-rising developing economies. The region faces tremendous challenges and disparities, yes, but it has been overcoming them. Since 2017, more than 20 unicorns – startups valued at $1 billion or more – emerged in Latin America. And LABS gets them covered.
Although born inside EBANX, LABS is editorially independent. But since it has risen from within a leading and groundbreaking tech firm, LABS set out to foster innovation and development in Latin America through the stories it runs. It’s made by open-minded journalists and aimed at progressive business leaders and entrepreneurs.
What we do, how and why we do it
We look for what it’s called the “new economy,” high-growth businesses, and industries that are on the cutting edge of technology, embracing change, and influencing not only the environment and the countries where they are born but the whole world.
We do this from a Latin American point of view, looking for stories within the region, whether they originate here or not. Those companies may be large international organizations from more traditional fields finding new ways of thriving in Latin America, as well as startups. At first sight, they may not seem to fit economic and political uncertainties historically present in the region’s countries. But the contradiction is merely apparent.
Startups are characterized by their tendency to detach from the rest of the industry or ecosystem, given their disruptive and highly scalable nature. At the end of the day, Latin American unicorns are simply a consequence of solving a huge problem.
As we tell those business stories, we go beyond what foreign news agencies usually do, by explaining the real impact of events in the region and on the international stage.
And as technology helps to solve some of our more persistent hurdles, it is also part of our culture. Latin Americans are crazy about social media, music, movies, and live social events. We are used to sharing our lives online. So LABS gets us covered.
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