Hector Shibata: AC Ventures

Hector Shibata is the head of AC Ventures, the corporate venturing unit of beverage distributor Arca Continental.

In addition to a deep dive into AC Ventures’ strategy, Hector talks about how the pandemic put a number of the firm’s focus sectors like retail-tech and logistics in a position of strength going into the coming economic turmoil and why startups sometimes don’t want to partner with CVCs, thinking there will be strings attached.

He also talks about how putting together a CVC team is like building a special forces squad and how the younger population of Latin America is a major driver for investment in the region, though certain endemic business attitudes – like keeping companies in the family – are proving to be speed bumps.

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