> Uber is spending R$200m on a client service center in Brazil that will have a staff of 2,000 people attending to a client base of more than 50,000 Brazilian riders.
> WeWork hired Pato Fuks to expand into South America. WeWork Buenos Aires opens in May; they are also scouting locations in Lima and Bogotá. WeWork already has three locations in Mexico.
> TechCrunch covers Ripio’s Series A. Ripio CEO Sebastian Serrano explains the name change from BitPagos: “I grew up in Choele Choel, Rio Negro in the Patagonia region. Most roads there are made of Ripio. Ripio is used in the country to open roads, and we are opening roads for financial inclusion.”
> The Miami Herald interviews YellowPepper CEO and co-founder Serge Elkiner on traction with millennials in Colombia and expansion into Peru and the Dominican Republic.
> Kichink co-founder Claudia de Heredia tells Americas Quarterly about her experience as a female entrepreneur in Mexico: “You are very pretty and seem very smart, but I want to talk to the man who makes the decisions.”
> Bitcoin News interviews Bitso co-founder Daniel Vogel on the bitcoin explosion in Mexico.
> Some Peso Traders Want Mexico to Buy Twitter and Shut It Down. BRILLIANT
> Chupadados, “an entity that took over our technological devices” to suck up personal data, is a collaborative project to show Latin Americans how everyday technologies can collect and process personal data, and how users can protect themselves. Project founder Joana Varon says high crime in Latin America adds a particular challenge to the defense of digital rights.
> El Empresario looks at venture data from LAVCA, KPMG, and CBInsights in México lidera inversiones de venture capital en AL.
> Bloomberg looks at the falling price of solar power in emerging markets, including Chile, Mexico, and Brazil.
> FastCo’s Eveline Chao looks at how WeChat’s money-as-a-message service has made China the largest mobile payments market on the planet. MUST READ
> It should get easier for international entrepreneurs to move to the US under a new rule that allows entrepreneurs with US$250k+ in US investment to apply for 2.5 years of residency. Geekwire has the details.
> Fans of Dan Primack (former Term Sheet editor) should check out Axios, his new publication, by subscribing here.