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2013 Latin American Cities Conferences: Rio de Janeiro

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 11, 2013
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ADVANCING ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION

In collaboration with: Endeavor Brasil, IAG PUC-Rio, Latin American Venture Capital Association (LAVCA), U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro, and 21212

Rio de Janeiro is attracting billions of dollars in investments leading up to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, as well as a result of recent offshore oil discoveries. But infrastructure and oil are not the only sectors booming in the state. Entrepreneurs are choosing Rio de Janeiro as a base to found startups, and a flourishing technology scene is emerging as large foreign companies build world-class research centers.

Americas Society/Council of the Americas, in partnership with Rio Negócios, held a half-day conference in Rio de Janeiro focused on entrepreneurship and innovation, recreating Silicon Valley in Latin America, and technology in Rio de Janeiro.

Panelists:

  • Sergio Cabral, Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro
  • Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro
  • Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, President, Municipal Olympic Company | Download a PDF of Bastos Marques' presentation.
  • Francisco Alvarez-Demalde, Founder and Partner, Riverwood Capital Partners
  • Guruduth Banavar, Vice President, Industry Solutions Research, IBM Corporation
  • Karin Breitman, General Manager of the Brazil R&D Center, EMC Corporation
  • Scott Cutler, Executive Vice President, Global Listing, NYSE Euronext
  • Kevin Efrusy, Partner, Accel Partners
  • Marcelo Haddad, CEO, Rio Negocios
  • Eduardo Klingelhoefer de Sá, Head of the Department of Investment Funds, Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES)
  • Marcio Kumruian, Founder and CEO, Netshoes
  • Felipe Matos, COO, Startup Brasil | Read an AS/COA Online interview with Matos.
  • Juliano Seabra, Managing Director, Endeavor Brasil
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, AS/COA
  • Marco Stefanini, Founder and President, Stefanini IT Solutions
  • Benjamin White, Founder, 21212 Digital Accelerator

Event Information: Diogo Ide | dide@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8352
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Gilligan | agilligan@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8364
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | mvieira@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8344
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384

 

Rio de Janeiro 2013

On April 11, AS/COA holds its first-ever conference in Rio de Janeiro, a growing destination for startups and international technology centers. Join us in person, via webcast, or through this blog as we explore the conference themes: entrepreneurship and innovation, recreating Silicon Valley in Latin America, and technology in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio 2013 Blog: Rio de Janeiro as a Global City

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes and Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, president of the Municipal Olympic Company, discussed Rio's upcoming mega-events. ... Read More

Rio 2013 Blog: Innovation and Technology in Rio de Janeiro

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 | By Rachel Glickhouse

During the third panel of AS/COA's Rio conference, participants examined steps Rio de Janeiro can take to become a place for technology research and development. ... Read More

Rio 2013 Blog: Can Silicon Valley be Recreated in Latin America?

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Partipicants of the second panel during AS/COA's Rio conference came to the conclusion that the Brazilian city doesn't necessarily need to become a Silicon Valley, but that it should embrace entrepreneurship. ... Read More

Rio 2013 Blog: Latin American Startups Panel

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 | By Rachel Glickhouse

During the first panel of AS/COA's Rio de Janeiro conference, participants discussed Brazil's growing startup ecosystem and the challenges that remain ahead. ... Read More

Melding Technology and Urban Management: Rio de Janeiro's Operations Center

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | By Rachel Glickhouse

AS/COA Online visited Rio's Operations Center, which uses 24-hour monitoring to coordinate between city agencies and respond quickly to crises. ... Read More

Rio 2013 Blog: Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Startups in Brazil

Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | By Maha Masud

Brazil receives the lion’s share of Latin American investments, though challenges remain for startup companies receiving these funds.  ... Read More

Rio 2013 Blog: Brazil's Startup Database

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2013 | By Rachel Glickhouse

An interactive website tracks the country’s startups, as well as Brazil-based companies that support these types of enterprises. ... Read More

Rio 2013 Blog: In Brazil, Government Boosts Funds for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Given hurdles to starting businesses, new initiatives seek to grow Brazil’s startup space and invest in companies researching cutting-edge technologies. ... Read More

Dr. Guruduth Banavar

Vice President, Industry Solutions Research, IBM Corporation

Dr. Guruduth Banavar is the vice president of Industry Solutions in IBM’s Research Division. He leads a team that applies advanced technologies to industry problems across the spectrum of IBM’s business areas. Previously, Banavar was the chief technology officer of IBM’s Public Sector business. He served as a member of IBM’s Smarter Cities initiative to improve public safety, transportation, and other city services that make cities more livable and sustainable.

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Maria Silvia Bastos Marques

CEO, Municipal Olympic Company

Maria Silvia Bastos Marques is the CEO of Empresa Olímpica Municipal (Municipal Olympic Company), the body of the city council of Rio de Janeiro responsible for coordinating the execution of all projects and activities in the city related to the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Dr. Karin Breitman

General Manager of the Brazil R&D Center, EMC Corporation

Dr. Karin Breitman is the general manager of the R&D Center at EMC Brazil. Prior to joining EMC, Breitman worked as a professor of computer science in the Informatics Department of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from the Rio de Janeiro State University, a MSc. degree in computer science from Rio de Janeiro Federal University, and a DSc. degree in informatics from PUC-Rio. She is the author of over 70 research papers and journal papers.

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Sérgio Cabral

Governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sérgio Cabral is the governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Previously, he was a senator for the state of Rio de Janeiro from 2003 to 2006, where he served on the Committee on Aging, and he was a state representative of Rio de Janeiro from 1990 to 1998. He has also served as the chair of the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro (ALERJ). Cabral began his political career in 1987, serving as the operations director of TurisRio. He holds a BA degree in communications studies and journalism from Faculdade da Cidade.

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Scott Cutler

Executive Vice President, Global Listing, NYSE Euronext

Scott Cutler is the Executive Vice President of NYSE Euronext. Before joining NYSE Euronext, Cutler worked as the Head of West Coast software for Cowen and Company, Vice President of Thomas Weisel Partners, and as an attorney at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP. He is a regular commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and is also often quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times and Caijing magazine of China. His background is in investment banking and corporate securities law.

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Kevin Efrusy

General Partner and Partner, Accel; Founder, Corio

Kevin Efrusy is a general partner and partner at Accel and the founder of Corio, where he focuses on efforts in Brazil and Latin America. He served as the first chief executive officer and president at IronPlanet and also served twice as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB). Efrusy was also a product manager at Zip2 Corporation and a strategy consultant of Bain & Company Inc. and Monitor Group.

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Marcelo Haddad

CEO, Rio Negócios

Marcelo Haddad is the CEO of Rio Negócios, the investment promotion agency for Rio de Janeiro. In this role, he is responsible for attracting and facilitating inward investment to the city. Previously, Haddad was the project director for the secretary of economic development, where he managed the revitalization of Rio de Janeiro’s port area. Before that, he served as general manager at ADT Security Services Brazil, a subsidiary of Tyco International Company, and held senior executive roles at a number of other companies, including HSBC, Citibank, and PepsiCo.

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Eduardo Klingelhoefer de Sá

Head of the Investment Funds Department, Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES)

Eduardo Klingelhoefer de Sá is the head of the Investment Funds Department at the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES). He joined the bank in 1985 and has worked in different areas, including industry and capital markets. He structured over 35 private equity and venture capital funds, serving on the investment committees of many of them. He sat on the boards of TOTVS, Oi, and Contax. He is a member of the board of Brazilian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (ABVCAP).

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Marcio Kumruian

Founder and CEO, Netshoes

Marcio Kumruian is the founder and CEO of Netshoes. He is one of the most successful e-commerce entrepreneurs from Latin America. Having founded Netshoes in 2000, Kumruian was one of the pioneers in pure player e-commerce, focusing resources on a simple goal: provide the best shopping experience on the web.

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Felipe Matos

COO, Startup Brasil

Felipe Matos is the chief operating officer of Startup Brasil, a project established by the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation aimed to support digital start-ups in Brazil. He is also the founder of Startup Farm, the largest digital accelerator in Latin America in terms of numbers. He began his career as an entrepreneur at the age of sixteen, when he founded the first website for mobile phones in Latin America, Girando WAP. He has been a chief executive officer, investor, and mentor of hundreds of start-ups in Brazil and Silicon Valley.

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Eduardo Paes

Mayor, Rio de Janeiro

Eduardo Paes is the mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the age of 23, Paes began his political career heading the municipal district of Jacarepagua and Barra. Three years later, he was elected to the Municipal Assembly, and in 1998, he was elected to the National Congress, where he served as chairman of the Budget Committee and a member of the commissions for Tax Reform and Parliamentary Investigation on Fraud. During the administration of Mayor Cesar Maia, Paes served as the municipal secretary for the environment.

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, AS/COA

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. Prior to her current position, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic sector.

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Marco Antonio Stefanini

Founder and President, Stefanini IT Solutions

Marco Antonio Stefanini is the founder and president of Stefanini IT Solutions. He serves as the president and chief executive officer of Stefanini Consultoria e Assessoria em Informática S/A and as director of TechTeam Global Inc. He has been named as one of the most influential professionals in nearshore outsourcing by Nearshore Americas. Stefanini previously worked in information technology at Engesa and as a computer analyst for Bradesco. He holds a degree in geology from Sao Paulo University.

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Benjamin White

Founder, 21212 Digital Accelerator

Benjamin White is the founder, an entrepreneur, and an angel investor of 21212 Digital Accelerator. He is also currently a partner of 77 Ventures and serves on the advisory board member for RecordSetter, a website and media company dedicated to tracking and celebrating human achievement. He previously worked as the chief creative officer at Sling Media and as vice president of Digital Media at MTV Networks. He was also the founder of Complex Media, founder and president of Platform Network, and co-founder and partner of Tagworks.

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Video: 2013 Latin American Cities Conferences, Rio de Janeiro - Keynote Speaker Eduardo Paes

April 11, 2013

The mayor of Rio de Janeiro spoke about Rio de Janeiro as a global city at AS/COA's innovation conference in Rio....

Video: 2013 Latin American Cities Conferences, Rio de Janeiro - Latin American Startups Panel

April 11, 2013

During the first panel of AS/COA's Rio de Janeiro conference, participants discussed Brazil's growing startup environment....

Video: 2013 Latin American Cities Conferences, Rio de Janeiro - Can Silicon Valley be Recreated in Latin America?

April 11, 2013

In the second panel of AS/COA's Rio conference, participants discussed the importance of embracing entrepreneurship in Rio....

Video: 2013 Latin American Cities Conferences, Rio de Janeiro - Innovation and Technology in Rio de Janeiro

April 11, 2013

During the third panel of AS/COA's Rio conference, participants discussed ways that Rio de Janeiro can become a hub for technology research and development....

Video: 2013 Latin American Cities Conferences, Rio de Janeiro - Keynote Speaker Maria Silvia Bastos Marques

April 11, 2013

The president of Rio's Municipal Olympic Company spoke about the city's mega-event preparations at AS/COA's Rio de Janeiro innovation conference....

AS/COA Visits Rio's Operations Center

April 10, 2013

AS/COA Online visited Rio's facility for coordinating city agencies to respond to local crises....

Download a PDF of the agenda.

Americas Society/Council of the Americas, in partnership with Rio Negócios, will hold a half-day conference in Rio de Janeiro focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. The format of the panels is Davos-style.

08:30 – 09:00h                      Registration

09:00 – 09:15h                      Welcoming Remarks

Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Marcelo Haddad, CEO, Rio Negócios

09:15 –09:45h                       Keynote Speakers

Sergio Cabral, Governor, State of Rio de Janeiro

Eduardo Paes, Mayor, City of Rio de Janeiro

09:45 – 10:45h                     Entrepreneurship: Latin American Start-ups

Although the Brazilian economy is growing slowly, startups are booming in Brazil. This panel will discuss some of the issues faced by entrepreneurs, including access to capital, red tape, and lack of skilled workers. What are the opportunities and challenges entrepreneurs deal with in Brazil and Latin America? How do entrepreneurs get seed funding/advice for start-ups? How do they access funding follow-on A, B and C rounds? 

  • Francisco Alvarez-Demalde, Founder and Partner, Riverwood Capital Partners
  • Márcio Kumruian, Founder and CEO, Netshoes
  • Eduardo Klingelhoefer, Head of the Department of Funds, BNDES
  • Benjamin White, Founder, 21212 Digital Accelerator
  • Moderator: Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

10:45 – 11:50h                       Can a Silicon Valley be Recreated in Latin America?

Brazil’s federal and state governments are launching programs to foster entrepreneurship and innovation. This panel will discuss whether Latin America can recreate a Silicon Valley ecosystem. What does it take to recreate a Silicon Valley in Rio de Janeiro? How is the ecosystem created? Do the appropriate opportunities for exits exist to ensure the venture capital life cycle? What should be the relationship between government, academia, and the private sector to help support the growth of the ecosystem in Brazil?

  • Kevin Efrusy, Partner, Accel Partners
  • Scott Cutler, Executive Vice President, Global Listing, NYSE Euronext
  • Felipe Matos, COO, Startup Brasil
  • Moderator: Juliano Seabra, Managing Director, Endeavor Brasil

11:50 – 12:50h                        Innovation & Technology in Rio de Janeiro

Investments in technology have increased dramatically in Rio de Janeiro mostly as a result of the oil and gas industry. This panel will discuss whether Rio can expand such investments to other areas, including information technology, public management, nanotechnology, etc. Can Rio de Janeiro become the new technology hub? How can the city leverage the World Cup and the Olympics to attract new investments in technology? What are the current policies being implemented in Rio de Janeiro and the rest of Brazil to foster technology innovation?

  • Guruduth Banavar, Vice President, Industry Solutions Research, IBM Corporation
  • Karin Breitman, General Manager of the Brazil R&D Center, EMC Corporation
  • Marco Stefanini, Founder and President, Stefanini IT Solutions
  • Moderator: Marcelo Haddad, CEO, Rio Negócios

12:50 – 13:10h                      Closing Remarks
                                              Maria Silvia Bastos Marques
,
President, Municipal Olympic Company

13:10 – 13:40h                      Networking Reception