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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491017953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491017951
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lustig is a serial entrepreneur doing everything he can to stay out of the cubicle. While studying at the University of Wisconsin he cofounded two companies that were later acquired, including one by a publicly traded company. He's been featured in featured in the NY Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Forbes, BBC and hundreds of others for his work in multiple industries, including entrepreneurship, doing business in Chile and more. He moved to Chile in 2010 as part of the Startup Chile pilot round and has lived there ever since. In 2012, he wrote Startup Chile 101, a guide book about doing business in Chile. He was also selected to give a speech in Spanish to Chile’s president when he graduated from Startup Chile. He's the founder of Capital Entrepreneurs and the Forward Technology Festival, two of the Midwest's most important entrepreneurial organizations and is a founding member of The Young Entrepreneur Council. He is currently teaching entrepreneurship at three Chilean universities as the cofounder of Real Starters and operates multiple businesses in Chile. You can read his blog, Staying out of the Cubicle, follow him on Twitter @nathanlustig or send him a note through his website http://www.nathanlustig.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank Byrne on October 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Nathan Lustig's book is spot on and a great help for anyone visiting Chile for any reason! Our son is doing a 7 month study abroad program, and Nathan's experiences and recommendations have matched up perfectly with our son's experience. A must if you are going to Chile for any reason, but especially if you are there for a study abroad program. This book will help you maximize the value and quality of your own experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Gaffney on September 23, 2013
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I'm considering moving to Chile and have been searching for whatever information I can find on the subject. I found this guide to be a great starting point for my research. It covers a great deal of general information and quite a few specifics if your interest is mainly the Santiago area. For 10 bucks I thought this was a pretty good investment in the start of my Chile education.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Escéptico on September 14, 2013
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This author has been exposed previously, for his monumental errors, carelessness in fact-checking, avoidance of reporting on crime and drug problems, page-padding with material unrelated to the topic, and misleading "observations" that take the place of useful guidance and accuracy. And recently, we see evidence that this author is creating his own flock of imaginary reviewers to give him 5-start ratings.

The "exposure" of the author included his own admission of being a recipient of a $40,000 grant from the Chilean government. This was the infamous "Chile Start Up" in which selected foreigners are given preferential treatment and a pile of money, in theory to provide some technological and entrepreneurial benefits to the country. But there is also the presumption of quid pro quo. The unrealistically rosy picture of Chile in both versions of Lustig's book offers some evidence of that.

And now others are suspicious of the "positive" reviews of Lustig's revised book that don't seem to reflect its dismal nature. Most of those 5-star reviews are evidently from invented sources whose sole Amazon review contribution is a little burst of fawning adulation for Lustig's revised book. Looking back on the earlier version of this book, we see similarly scandalous practices: most of the 5-star reviews are done by what seem to be "invented people" who did no other Amazon review besides the one for Lustig's first book version.

WARNING - both of this author's books are "self published."

The publication date for this "guide" seems to be at about the time that author's previous version was exposed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Chase on January 30, 2014
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Easy to read and very informative. One of the very few texts on Chile. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Chile for any reason.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bev Seabrook on January 22, 2014
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This extensive guide (217 pages long!) covers a lot of ground, from travel logistics and finding a place to live to banking, healthcare, culture, entertainment and much more. This book is a handy reference for visitors and anyone planning to settle in Chile. Its nearly impossible for a single guide to cover every possible corner of this vast country but this book is an excellent starting point. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Velasco on August 30, 2013
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I have been living in Chile for a year and a half and I wished I had read this book before. It is a very straight to the point, practical and useful guide for any expat in Chile. I couldn't believe that after living so many months here, I didin't know most of what I read in this book. It will save you lots of time/money and help you to get the most out of your time in Chile.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By djansonlloyd on August 30, 2013
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Very informative and a must-have for anyone considering coming for a short time or settling down in Chile.
Guy clearly knows very well what he is talking about - Excellent & very useful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul on August 26, 2013
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This book offers the insider's view into life in Santiago.

I can verify that all of the information is up to date and accurate.

The book is well organized with short chapters. The information is concise and the author has refrained from using "filler" material.

The book is intended to be a starting off point for further research. For example, there is a chapter on Chilean culture but you could probably read an entire book if you wanted to understand all of the intricacies of the culture and language.

Undoubtedly, this book can help a foreigner save time or money when navigating some of the tricky parts of life in Chile such as opening a bank account or finding a rental apartment. The author even explains how to rent a car and drive to Argentina for a weekend trip.

There is not a lot of information online about Chile. Many businesses still do not have websites meaning that a Google search will not help you find the relevant information. Subsequently, this book can be an invaluable resource for tourists and expats alike.
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