Cuban-American Business Leaders Publish Open Letter

Ten Cuban-American business leaders published a full-page advertisement in today’s Miami Herald after a recent trip to Cuba. According to an article in the Miami Herald, the ten business leaders returned from Cuba convinced that stronger ties to the U.S. would help Cubans.  The advertisement, “An Open Letter to Our Fellow Cuban-Americans”, says, “We saw … Read more

Cuban Tech Scene on Display at the First Startup Weekend in Cuba

Cuban Tech Scene on Display at the First Startup Weekend in Cuba

The first Startup Weekend in Cuba ended last month with great enthusiasm for the startups teams’ success in organizing ideas and turning them into reality. The organizers for Startup Weekend Havana included: Ramphis Castro (no relation to Fidel), Medardo Rodriguez, Rodney Hernandez and Alex Medina.  The event’s facilitator was Santiago Zavala, Venture Partner, at 500Startups. … Read more

Anticipation Builds for the First Startup Weekend in Havana

Anticipation Builds for the First Startup Weekend in Havana

The Cuba Journal caught up with Alex Medina today to discuss tomorrow’s kickoff of Startup Weekend’s first event in Cuba — to be held in Havana at the Panorama Hotel. Startup Weekend organizes high-impact, experiential events that foster entrepreneurship and community building in every corner of the world.  As of last year, the organization hosted … Read more

How Tech Promises To Radically Transform Cuba

How Tech Promises To Radically Transform Cuba

by Simons Chase According to economic development theory, technology transfer and deregulation hold great promise as a pathway for developing countries, like Cuba, to lift incomes, stimulate foreign direct investment and enhance quality of life.  To date, the ligature between this type of neoclassical growth model and actual results has been government policy supported by … Read more

Cuba’s Financial Road to Economic Transformation

Cuba’s Financial Road to Economic Transformation

Despite President Obama’s recent initiative to normalize bilateral relations, US Congress remains a major obstacle to Cuba’s decades long political and economic estrangement. The Helms-Burton Act in particular requires outstanding claims against Cuba to be resolved before sanctions are lifted – and also limits executive authority to fully lift sanctions until Cuba’s government is democratically … Read more