13 May 2009

Central America ~ Historic Possibilities, Unseized

I was pleased to meet earlier with MIT Sloan MBA student Craig Doescher, one of our Development Ventures alums who with a couple key business partners is building up Tegu, a very interesting Honduran sustainably-harvested hardwood goods venture as written about by MIT's own David Chandler in Saving the Rainforest with... Toys. Their initial product line are clever toys, but the value-added woodworking sector is their wide-open opportunity space. Our discussion about Honduran advantages got me thinking more generally about the country and Central America. It turns out we at MIT have lots of links to Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the other small but quite interesting countries between the big-boys of Mexico and Colombia (and the rest). There's a rich history there, including a nearly two-decades long Federal Republic of Central America. Check out the pattern of changes over time...

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