Alumni Spotlight: Jaime Sotomayor Hits Landmark with 100 Innovation-Related Podcasts

Jaime Sotomayor, SPS’21, has reached a milestone 100 podcasts in the “Innovación Sin Barreras” (“Innovation without Barriers”) series.

September 02, 2022

Jaime Sotomayor (SPS’21), who studied a Master’s in Technology Management from Columbia’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) and who has dedicated his professional career to the startup and innovation ecosystem in Latin America, has reached the milestone of having aired 100 podcasts in the “Innovación Sin Barreras” (“Innovation without Barriers”) series.

“Innovación Sin Barreras” is a space created and produced by Sotomayor that seeks to question what is known about technology and innovation, through honest, straightforward conversations in Spanish with expert guests. Subjects covered have been varied and include subjects such as how blockchain can be key in raising capital and wealth for developing countries, how to raise venture capital and strengthen the startup community in Latin America, women in tech startups, impact investing, and financing and legal structures for startups, just to name a few. However, Sotomayor felt that the 100th episode of his podcasts deserved special attention.

“’What can we do to commemorate this event?’ That was the question I asked our previous podcast guest, Alex Gálvez, host of the Fundadores podcast and partner at 99 Startups. He suggested that episode #100 be an interview with me as the creator and host of the podcast, an idea that I liked. Alex accepted the task of interviewing me,” he says. “In this episode we talk about my professional and entrepreneurial career as well as the things that led to the creation of this podcast and the learning obtained from this experience.”

Sotomayor has worked with the startup ecosystem since 2010 in different roles. Besides producing “Innovación Sin Barreras” on startups and technology, he also hosts the podcasts “Web Tres” covering blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, as well as “This Week in SHIFT” for corporate news. He is a blogger at Semana Económica – one of Peru’s leading economic publications – and was previously the Country Manager at Wayra Perú, Telefónica’s technological innovation hub. He also studied at Singularity University and was recognized in 2015 by the MIT Technology Review as one of the five innovative Peruvians under 35 years old.