sábado, 22 de julho de 2017

Crypto banking cooperative Moeda relaunches token to empower underbanked entrepreneurs

Moeda, a cryptocurrency banking-as-a-service cooperative network that aims to empower underbanked entrepreneurs through blockchain technology has announced plans to relaunch its Moeda (MDA) digital token. Relaunching is part of a strategy to broaden Moeda’s core lending and financial-education activities beyond serving women entrepreneurs.

The finance co-operative is also recalibrating its funding ceiling by pegging the value of the MDA tokens to the U.S. dollar, rather than to the Ethereum blockchain’s ether (ETH) token, which has risen in value in recent months.

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quarta-feira, 24 de fevereiro de 2016

Brazil’s scientist-entrepreneurs unfettered

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL—Full-time professors at public universities in Brazil will now be allowed to carry out research in the private sector—and get paid for it, without having to drop their academic jobs. The change is the result of a new law, signed yesterday by President Dilma Rousseff, designed to bring science and industry closer together.

The law authorizes universities and public research institutions to collaborate more freely with companies, including a mechanism for giving companies access to public research facilities. 

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segunda-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2016

Santa Catarina Emerges as Breeding Ground for Startups in Brazil

Growing at double the average rate of the Brazilian IT sector, the state of the Santa Catarina, in the south of Brazil, has become a breeding ground for startups. The technology sector in Santa Catarina grew 15% in 2015 compared to an average growth rate of 7.3% of the Brazilian IT sector, generating $3.5 billion.

The IT companies are mainly located in five cities in the state: Florianopolis, Joinville, Blumenau, Chapeco and Criciuma. These companies have grown at a rate of 20% per year and employing about 20,000 workers.

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quarta-feira, 27 de janeiro de 2016

Brazil hopes to consolidate Latin America’s venture scene

One of the biggest trends in Brazilian venture capital, perhaps a paradigm of global trends, is the entry of corporate interest in the country’s technology companies. In late October, international conference Corporate Venture in Brasil (CV in Brasil) brought more than 20 corporate venture arms to the country to talk up the local scene, including reps from the likes of IBM Venture Capital Group, Intel Capital, ABB Technology Ventures, and more.

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segunda-feira, 28 de dezembro de 2015

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, and I Am Noticing It

In a blog titled "Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, and Most People Haven't Noticed" Brazilian entrepreneur Gustavo Tanaka listed 8 reasons why he believes that the world as we know it is changing - and that it is a good thing.

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segunda-feira, 21 de dezembro de 2015

Shell and Brazilian Start-Up Light Up Santa Marta Community

What does it take to change the world for the better? Sometimes it’s as simple as a bright idea and a bit of help. That’s the philosophy behind the Shell #makethefuture program and its relationship with Brazilian social enterprise Insolar as they work together to improve the lives of 8,000 residents of a community in Brazil. 

The project is a real meeting of minds. Social enterprises are companies committed to solving a social or environmental problem. 

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sábado, 12 de dezembro de 2015

Start-Up Brasil goes turbo on accelerators to get ecosystem moving

On December 10, nine companies will take the stage in Silicon Valley. It won’t be a typical pitch competition. It will be a nervous day for the entrepreneurs who will bounce from their native Portuguese to English in front of some of the most connected and coveted venture capital firms in business.

All the companies are from Brazil and are closely attached to the Start-Up Brasil program, a joint private-public initiative that is building the hierarchy of the country’s startup ecosystem from the ground up.

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sábado, 5 de dezembro de 2015

Latin American Bitcoin Conference 2015 Brings Digital Currency to Mexico City

The third annual Latin American Bitcoin Conference takes place this week in the beautiful and bustling Mexico City on December 4th and 5th.

With over forty speakers, some of the world’s most influential bitcoiners will discuss technology behind Bitcoin, and give advice to startups, opine on the pace of global Bitcoin adoptions, merchant tools, nation state-related compliance and more.

At the conference, you can hear from the author of Mastering Bitcoin, Andreas Antonopoulos; ShapeShift CEO Erik Vorhees; the host of the Bitcoin Knowledge podcast, Trace Mayer; the Editor-In-Chief of Adamant Research, Tuur Demeester, and many others.

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domingo, 29 de novembro de 2015

Brazilian, Mexican Among 11 Women Entrepreneurs Tapped by Google

SAN FRANCISCO – Google has selected 11 emerging companies led by women to present proposals to Silicon Valley investors.

The group includes a Brazilian, a Mexican and a U.S. woman who lives in Barcelona.

The leaders of the winning firms, who will meet with venture capitalists in San Francisco on Dec. 9, were selected from among more than 450 applicants in 40 countries in the first competition of its kind organized by Google.

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segunda-feira, 23 de novembro de 2015

How These Brazilian Entrepreneurs Combine Social Action And Profit

Brazil is a country of entrepreneurs. A Data Popular survey reveals that 3 in 10 Brazilians are attracted by the idea of becoming their own boss.

It’s not that Brazilians have a natural flair for entrepreneurship, or that they think starting their own business may somehow benefit society: The trend arose due to the economic crisis, rising unemployment and wage stagnation. 

In the survey conducted between April and May of 2015, in 140 cities around the country, more than 42 percent of Brazilians cited earning more income and professional growth as motives for entrepreneurship. 

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quarta-feira, 28 de outubro de 2015

Unilever celebrates Brazilian women’s ‘beautiful brains’

Do It Day, which is set to take place on November 2, follows Plan It Day - a marketing hack event hosted by The Drum, whereby 10 international brands challenged the marketing industry’s top minds to solve set briefs in a bid to make the world a better place. Unilever threw down the gauntlet, setting as its goal a way to connect aspiring young businesswomen in Brazil with role models, inspiring them and providing practical guidance.

The idea to celebrate ‘belo cérebro’ originated from the statistic that 95 percent of Brazilian women would like to alter their body in some way, despite the fact that 43 percent of businesses in Brazil are run by women.

The plan is to create a networking opportunity for women via a mobile optimized social community to provide guidance for would-be female entrepreneurs. Similar to Tinder, the site would classify each member’s brain type to link them with like-minded mentors.

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segunda-feira, 14 de setembro de 2015

Vivo launches app for entrepreneurs in Brazil

Brazilian mobile operator Vivo has launched Vivo Meu Negocio, a multichannel platform for entrepreneurs, offering information on business management and market developments. 

Especially aimed at small business owners and beginners, the service is available by SMS, WAP, Android application, web and mobile web, and is anchored by businessman Roberto Justus, founding partner of Newcomm Group and former host of the Brazilian version of reality show "The Apprentice". The service costs BRL 3.99/week and is free to test for one week.

segunda-feira, 22 de junho de 2015

PourMyBeer Partners with Brazilian Entrepreneurs to Bring their Beer Technology to South America.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 16, 2015.  A guy walks into a busy bar and doesn’t feel like waiting for someone to pour his beer, so he finds a self-serve tap and pours it himself… Wait, what? That’s not the norm yet, but with over 30 locations across the United States scheduled to implement PourMyBeer’s self-serve beer wall and beer table technology in the coming months, it soon will be. This innovative method of dispense is a win/ win for everyone involved. 

The customers win because they don’t have to wait for service and can sample and taste beers from any of the self-serve taps in the bar or restaurant. The owners win because they are taking the possibility of poor service out of the equation. They are also selling every ounce of beer that is dispensed from their kegs vs. losing 23% (the national average for spillage from kegs) of their inventory due to inefficiencies like waste, theft and spillage.

Lastly, with the sampling capabilities of the system, increased sampling of a variety of beers is now a reality without having to give it away. The proprietary high definition touch screens above every tap display tasting notes, alcohol content and a short and long description about each libation.


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quarta-feira, 10 de junho de 2015

Brazil's Billionaires Got Cheap State Bank Loans for Their Companies

Brazil’s state development bank has been quietly supporting the companies controlled by many of the country’s billionaires.

More than two dozen of Brazil’s wealthiest people have stakes in companies that received loans or investments from the bank, with most of those who took loans receiving below-market rates at least once. That includes most of the Brazilians on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Details of the bank’s lending -- 320 billion reais ($102 billion) in Brazil since 2012, as well as $11.9 billion for loans abroad since 2007 -- were released last week, amid growing pressure to open its books.

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segunda-feira, 1 de junho de 2015

Tiger-Backed Hotel Urbano Sees Startup Turning Profitable in ’15

Hotel Urbano, the online travel agency that was the top recipient of venture capital funding in Brazil last year, is on the cusp of generating its first profit, one of its founders said.

The company expects to generate earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in 2015, founder Jose Eduardo Mendes said in an interview at the company’s Rio de Janeiro offices last week. He declined to provide absolute forecasts, citing confidentiality agreements with investors.

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