Alan Colmenares has worked for a number startups in Silicon Valley and, now, in Latin America. Currently, he is Advisor and Executive VP at Tappsi, the leading Colombian taxi-hailing startup, where he leads a number of initiatives including strategic planning and mobile payments. He was the first startup ecosystem builder in Colombia. Graduates of the idea incubator he runs (Founder Institute) have gone on to achieve impressive growth rates and over $3M in funding (in aggregate) within this nascent ecosystem. Alan is an award-winning Director of the Founder Institute and, on occasion, contributes articles to VentureBeat and The New York Times as well as to his own blog, TropicalGringo.com.