Category: Exclusive Interviews

In Brazil the Wind Power Blew Prosperity for People and Profit for Companies

By: Claudia Repsold In the backlands of northeastern region of Brazil, the land is parched and the semi-arid hills are rocky. For decades, it has been very difficult to make a living in this place; the wind blows hard knocking over the plants all day long, making it difficult to grow anything and jobs are…

Exclusive Interview with Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez

Miami Dade Mayor Welcomes Brazilian Tech Companies By: Claudia Repsold Miami is a very democratic place that always rewards talent. The city is a hotbed for entrepreneurial activity, with small businesses representing 80 percent of all business in the district. Miami has reinvented itself into a place where the culture vibrates and the doors are…

Francisco Jardim: How Venture Capitalists Make Investment Choices [Interview]

  By: Claudia Repsold It’s impossible to talk about venture capital in Brazil without mentioning Francisco Jardim. He is the founder of SP Ventures, one of the most prestigious VC companies in the country. Jardim analyzed more than 2,000 startups that applied to obtain an investment from the São Paulo Innovation Fund (Criatec), where he…

Jiu-Jitsu Beyond the UFC : Rener Gracie [Interview]

Jiu-Jitsu: A powerful tool to empower kids and women. By: Claudia Repsold In Brazil, the Gracie family and jiu-jitsu are so intertwined in the collective imagination that you can’t mention one without the other immediately coming to mind. Jiu-jitsu is the middle name of every Gracie. I truly suspect that they begin to practice the…

Ryan Black: The Californian Dude that Introduced the Açai to the U.S. Market

Little Known Ways to Build an Amazonian Superfood Empire ryan black sambazon BY: Claudia Repsold As a journalist for the past 25 years, I have shared many stories. From time to time, I bump into a tale that is worth telling. Sambazon is one of these. Like any other Brazilian, I am very skeptical of…

Andre Macedo: What Everybody Ought to Know Before Opening a Startup

ZeroPaper´s CEO explains how to prepare your startup to be successfully acquired by a corporation BY: Claudia Repsold & Lianna Patch Success has a special vibe — it’s almost palpable when you’re around it. Andre Macedo has this confidence in his voice. He speaks quickly and proudly about how he and three geeky friends founded…

Marcio Campos : The mastermind behind Pagpop

marcio campos pagpop Pagpop is making money while boosts other business in Brazil By: Claudia Repsold & Lianna Patch We spoke with Brazilian entrepreneur Marcio Campos, founder and current CEO of Pagpop, about his vision for the company and how his Fintech app is boosting other business in Brazil. This interview has been translated from…

Chatting with Marcelo Rosenbaum

  Using the design process to bring social change  By: Claudia Repsold & Dave Anderson We spoke with Brazilian design Marcelo Rosenbaum, the creator of the project “We Transform”, about his vision on Social Design and the use of the design process to bring social change. This interview has been translated from Portuguese and edited…

Chatting With Bernardo Melo Paz

Inhotim: Allowing Contemporary Art Reaches the Underprivileged Kids We spoke with Brazilian entrepreneur Bernardo Melo Paz – the patron of arts behind Inhotim – about his vision on supporting contemporary art in Brazil. This interview has been translated from Portuguese and edited for clarity. Interview by: Claudia Repsold & Lianna Patch Brazil & US Biz…

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