Frogtek: Mobile Technology for Micro-Retailing (Spanish Translation)

Which operational strategy will take a seed-funded technology venture beyond its prototype phase?

Garrett J. van Ryzin, Margaret Pierson  | Fall 2011
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Founded by Columbia Business School classmates, Frogtek was created as a technology business with a social mission: to help micro-retailers in Latin America improve their operations through applications loaded onto mobile phones. While the market was large - 400,000 micro-retailers operated in Colombia alone - and store owners appeared interested in the service, the right approach was far from clear. The company's founders struggled with questions such as how to distribute the mobile applications and how much to charge the generally low-income store owners. In this case students work on an operational strategy for the seed-funded start-up after examining its business plan, social goals, market opportunity, and competitive environment.

Constituida en 2008, Frogtek es una empresa social centrada en el desarrollo de la tecnología de teléfonos inteligentes (Smartphone) para mejorar las operaciones en las cadenas de suministro de las microempresas minoristas en América Latina. En junio de 2009 recibió su primera gran inversión de capital semilla. ¿Qué estrategia operativa debían adoptar los fundadores de Frogtek para que la empresa combinase el crecimiento económico sostenible con el impacto social?

Case ID: 100203SPA
Supplemental Materials: Teaching Note

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