About us

iupana shows you the future of finance in Latin America and the Caribbean through news, analysis, opinion and our weekly podcast. We bring you exclusive, insightful information on how your financial services peers, competitors and clients in Latin America and the Caribbean are transforming themselves with technology.

From direct, one-on-one interviews with leaders in banking technology in Latin America and the Caribbean, we offer in-depth coverage of:

How Latin American financial institutions are leveraging new IT capabilities, and how their digital strategies are evolving
Growth of fintech startups, including the market opportunities they uncover and the views of their backers
What regulatory responses mean for tech strategies at LatAm financial institutions
Founder
Katie Llanos-Small
Editor and Founder

Katie Llanos-Small is editor and founder of iupana. Before launching the platform, she spent a decade covering banking and finance in emerging markets globally, including as bank finance editor at Global Capital and editor in chief of LatinFinance. Over the course of her career, she has interviewed corporate, financial and political leaders from all over the world, including two sitting Presidents. 

The experience gave her a deep understanding of how banking systems work and the financial dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean. It also showed her an opportunity: In Latin America, tech advances were changing not just banking, but society as a whole – and the revolution was scarcely being covered. Katie launched iupana in early 2018 to address the need for deeper, more specialized reporting and analysis of how tech is transforming financial services and banking in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Reach her directly at kls@iupana.com or follow her on Twitter.

What’s in a name?

Fintech may be a new term, but tools for accounting and finance have been evolving for millennia. And there is much to be learned from history. A yupana is a type of abacus that was used in the Inca empire. This counting table consisted of a series of boxes which held seeds or pebbles, and inspired our logo.