News & Highlights

  • June 2017

MBA Alumnus Behind Colombian Infrastructure Proposal

Mariano Ospina-Hernandez (MBA 1951) is the visionary behind an ambitious proposal to improve and expand Colombia's transportation infrastructure, which would open new possibilities for international commerce and travel by linking some of South America's largest rivers.
  • April 2017
  • Alumni News

Harvard Business School Names Winners and Celebrates 20th New Venture Competition at Finale

Mexican talent agency, Apli (founded by Vera Makarov, MBA 2010) wins Alumni Track award during the 20th annual HBS New Venture Competition.

New Research on the Region

  • August 2017
  • Case

Spaceport America, Public Sector Risk-taking, and Political Accountability

By: Matthew Weinzierl and Angela Acocella

Sitting quietly in the heart of the New Mexico desert in the summer of 2014, Spaceport America (SA) housed little of the activity its supporters anticipated when opening its hangar doors in 2011. Despite $1 million in annual rent from Virgin Galactic, British billionaire Richard Branson’s space tourism company and SA's anchor tenant, the spaceport was still heavily reliant on government funds. Flight delays and a crash on Halloween of 2014 that left one pilot dead and stalled Virgin Galactic’s testing and development meant that the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) was not receiving critical user fees to run spaceport operations. As a result, state and local taxpayers were bearing much of the cost of the underutilized spaceport, even after having invested $218 million from local and state funds. With the 2015 session of New Mexico’s congress looming, the fate of the world’s first "purpose-built" spaceport was in question.

  • August 2017
  • Case

Hilti (A): Fleet Management?

By: Ramon Casadesus-Masanell, Oliver Gassmann and Roman Sauer

This case explores the strategic decision-making process of premium power tools manufacturer Hilti in 1999, when the company was considering implementing a fleet management system in the construction industry. Fleet management would involve a shift from selling power tools to leasing them as a service. For Hilti, it represented an entirely new business model, which would substantially differentiate the company from its competitors. While fleet management had the potential to significantly improve the customer experience, Hilti was already a successful firm under its extant model, and had to decide whether the restructuring of its business model was worth the risk.

  • August 2017
  • Case

By: Frank V. Cespedes, María Fernanda Miguel and Laura Urdapilleta

In August 2017, Cumplo’s Founder Shea and CEO Kirberg meet to discuss growth and strategy issues faced by this Chilean fintech startup. What sales and marketing strategy will best foster the compny’s growth? Are changes needed in the product lineup? How and when should Cumplo begin to expand beyond Chile, to other countries in Latin America? The company raised $1.4 million in its first three years, mainly from individual investors, and then issued new shares for $3 million in 2015. By June 2017, Cumplo was debt-free, had achieved break-even, and had raised an additional $2.3 million.

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Buenos Aires Staff

Fernanda Miguel
Mariana Cal
Research Associate
Maria Martha Ruiz Melo
Administrative Assistant
Laura Urdapilleta
Research Associate

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Priscilla Zogbi
Ruth Costas
Senior Researcher
Vanise Andreasi
Office Manager

Mexico City Staff

Samantha Rullán Rosanis
Assistant Director