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From New York City to Santiago: Starting up at Start-Up Chile

Meet Artur Maklyarevsky CEO and Lead Designer of and Alan VanTaoi, Co-Founder of  They are both from New York and shared their story of why they came to Santiago to take part in the StartupChile program.

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  1. Thanks Alan for the spotlight!

    Here’s a bit more about JuicyCanvas:

    We believe creative expression to be a primary requisite of happiness. Unfortunately, for most people, creativity is suppressed by career choice, family responsibility, or the contemporary urbanization and industrialization of society.

    For tens of thousands of years, we have shared and sold custom-built products with each other. The Industrial Revolution, for all its benefits, also brought with it mass production and homogenization. The individual’s voice was snuffed out. We aim to bring back that voice and put ‘custom’ back into ‘customer’ by enabling the once passive consumer to engage in the fundamental act of creation.

    JC’s appeal is that it gives buyers more than just the usual, passive pick-and-buy-a-product transaction. With just a few simple clicks, it offers the user a powerful experience: the chance to be an artist and create a highly personalized and viral artwork or lifestyle product.

    For the first time in consumer art history, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” truly comes to life. “Non-artists” all over the world will now feel proud to show off their new collaborative artworks to their friends. Bold statements during dinner parties such as, “why yes… I made that piece there with this new artist I discovered from Buenos Aires,” and “oh, this is from my new summer t-shirt collection that I co-created ” will become commonplace.

    JC makes this dream possible. If you think about it, the dream is what motivates people to buy feel-good items all the time: from clothes that make people imagine they look cool, to the sports car that makes people imagine they look successful, to the dream vacation that makes people feel adventurous, JC is in the same business – the dream-making business.


    Artur | CEO & Co-Founder | Stay Unique. Get Creative


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