The ZEDEs as a Sudden Change

I was talking with a Honduran businessman the other day, who was saying that the ZEDEs are nothing new. In the past the big fruit companies got land for growing, then set up housing, schools and hospitals. Company towns, in other words. He saw the ZEDEs as just another form of the same: a big […]

Honduran ZEDEs: The New Frontier

At Peter Thiel’s Founder’s Fund they ask aspiring entrepreneurs the following question: Why should the 20th employee join your company? This is in the Silicon Valley context, where a decent employee could find a job at somewhere like Google, for much better money and conditions than a new business could provide. The test is to […]

Honduras: Breeding Ground for Opportunity

Hi, I am Monique Brown, Graham asked me to write some thoughts about how the Honduras experience has been so far for me. So, here goes: Before coming to Honduras, all I had was second hand information, and it wasn’t good news at all. The portrait painted was that of high-crime, corruption and great poverty. […]

The Trade Potential Score

This post came out of an online exchange with a friend, regarding the concept of a ‘logistics score’. He wanted to know if such a metric exists, and it does: the World Bank has the Logistics Performance Index, which measures such things as a country’s customs procedures and transport infrastructure. This is really useful, but […]

The End of Dreaming

I woke up thinking about where we will be a year from now, where me and my family will be, what will be happening with the ZEDEs, and what will be happening in Honduras. For us as a family 2013 was all about getting to Honduras, finding the right job, the right connections, finding the […]

Honduras ZEDEs: Where and When?

Those are the two recurring questions: where in Honduras will these zones be, and, even more importantly, when will they start? I can reveal here, for the first time, the full extent of my knowledge gained through private talks and being here in Honduras: Where will the first ZEDE be? I don’t know. And when […]

Honduran Exceptionalism

I am here! Ever since the Startup City bug got under my skin, I’ve had a hankering to move to Honduras. I firmly believe if you want to be part of the action, you have to move to where the action is. So I am writing this from our newly rented home in Tegucigalpa. After […]

Google Cars, Electric Cars and Smart Roads Will Make Journeys So Cool

I have this vision on loop in my head, and the vision is this: road transport in the not to distant future will be incredibly safe, quick, clean, cheap and fun. Now, understand that this isn’t wishful thinking, this vision is based on observations of what is happening in the World of technology and startups, […]

Startup Streets for Startup Cities

It was a huge privilege to be invited to the Startup Cities Weekend, run by the Startup Cities Institute, back in July. It was even more of a privilege to be interviewed by Zachary Caceres from the SCI, who titled the interview “Will Google Car Be Destroyed By Government Regulation?“. The link to this interview […]

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The ZEDEs as a Sudden Change

Posted on February 22 - 2014 | 0 Comments

I was talking with a Honduran businessman the other day, who was saying that the ZEDEs are nothing new. In the past the big fruit […]

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Honduran ZEDEs: The New Frontier

Posted on February 8 - 2014 | 0 Comments

At Peter Thiel’s Founder’s Fund they ask aspiring entrepreneurs the following question: Why should the 20th employee join your company? This is in the Silicon […]

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Honduras: Breeding Ground for Opportunity

Posted on January 26 - 2014 | 0 Comments

Hi, I am Monique Brown, Graham asked me to write some thoughts about how the Honduras experience has been so far for me. So, here […]

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