Bismarck Lepe’s Journey from Google to Wizeline
March 1, 2023. Bismarck Lepe, co-founder of Wizeline and former Google employee, shares his journey from working at Google to becoming an entrepreneur. He highlights the lessons learned and network gained from his time at Google and discusses the challenges he faced in raising capital during the 2009 financial crisis. Despite facing 170 rejections, Lepe’s reputation and success allowed him to work with influential figures in Silicon Valley. He emphasizes the rewards and opportunities of working at a startup and the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity. Lepe also provides insights on evaluating startup opportunities, the importance of founders working harder than anyone else, and the value of building deep relationships in business. He emphasizes the need for an investor mindset, the significance of communication and building a strong team, and finding the balance between short-term and long-term goals. Lepe also shares his optimistic outlook on the future of investment and entrepreneurship, particularly in Latin America.