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Guatemala’s attempt to create a local Silicon Valley aims also to be a residential outpost for the hip, savvy, successful and young

Thursday, November 17, 2011


For now, Guatemala’s attempt to create a local Silicon Valley is just a single brick building called Campus Tecnológico, with workspaces, programming classes and eco-friendly signs asking people to turn off lights in unused bathrooms.

But the developers’ goal is to turn this five- or six-block area in the city’s center into an entrepreneurial campus, and a residential outpost for the hip, savvy, successful and young.

“For people here, it’s the same as in Silicon Valley,” said Juan Mini, Campus Tec’s founder, who returned to Guatemala after starting a successful Internet company in California called ZipRealty. “What matters is your brain.”

Original source: New York Times