We talked to Guido Kuznicki, in the framework of the Newtopia Summit, LARA AI Co-Founder and CEO, one of the startups in our portfolio, about what it means to be part of the Newtopia Community, the future of the SaaS industry and his experience at the Newtopia Summit.
Guido Kuznicki has had a long journey within the Argentine entrepreneurial ecosystem leading some projects, but it was in 2021, when he decided to found LARA AI alongside Alan Szpigiel.
LARA AI is a startup that helps companies transform the experience of their employees through a conversational AI interface that maintains frequent conversations with employees, collects information to improve their experiences in real time and builds a unique organizational culture.
Below, the full interview with Guido Kuznicki.
What do you feel being part of the Newtopia Community gives you?
What does it give me? First, a lot of value when it comes to expanding our network of contacts from a mainly customer side, for example. Without going any further, we recently had an event where we met more than 20 CEOs from the largest companies in the region. So of course, to generate customers.
And on the other hand, an entrepreneurial community, a community that is as diverse as possible, where there are entrepreneurs from different backgrounds, of different nationalities, where one can learn, meet entrepreneurs with different experiences, as diverse as possible, who contribute a lot of value when one wants to understand how to enter different markets, industries.
So I would tell you that those are the two most important points. But if I could finish with one it would be the fact of understanding how to generate community.
I think Newtopia is excellent at that and has taught us a lot, at least us in the company, to understand how to generate the concept of community in our company, from Lara AI to the rest of the people who listen to us.
What learnings, opportunities or thoughts did you have about the software industry in Latam and specifically about the SaaS model?
Well, the SaaS or Software-as-a-Service model, we saw that in recent years, more than anything, it began to have a boom in the Latin American region. There is not much Software-as-a-Service in the region.
In fact, if we think about it, companies, people, most of the SaaS that are used are global and there are many local needs that are not covered because the Software-as-a-Service or SaaS companies were created globally, cover global needs or perhaps of more developed markets and we, let’s say, the whole litter of SaaS companies in the last two or five years are companies covering local needs for local Latin American markets, so I think there are a lot of opportunities that are going to emerge more and more for Software-as-a-Service companies in the next 2 to 5 years in the region.
What feelings, thoughts, convictions do you take away from the summit
There are a lot. Every time I come to a Newtopia event I take something new with me, always exceeding expectations, because I know a lot of entrepreneurs, let’s say, super important personalities who leave you with a little lesson.
So if I could take something from today, it’s always good to stop the ball from day to day operations a little and come to this type of event where you can enrich yourself with a little bit of knowledge and other people’s experiences that add to your day to day.
At Newtopia we highlight our community as a value in itself and a fundamental base that echoes the origin of a fund created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.
We are convinced that in Latin America there is still much to be done in SaaS and many other industries, and we are excited to continue supporting entrepreneurs who seek to seize these opportunities to transform the region with the implementation of technological solutions.
Therefore, we support and invite all those early stage startups with tech DNA to apply to Newtopia VC.