Tag Archives: Brazil

Jul. 8, 2013 The New Yorker

On Jul. 8, 2013 The New Yorker‘s James Surowiecki wrote “Middle-Class Militants” about a Brazil’s middle class being a force for progress and reform.

Jeffrey Bartholet wrote “Aflame” about Tibetans protesting Chinese occupation with self-immolation.

Nicholson Baker wrote “A Fourth State of Matter” about LCD screen research and development in South Korea.

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May 9, 2012 BayBrazil Peixe Urbano Alex Tabor And Julio Vasconcellos

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in Santa Clara at Silicon Valley Bank, BayBrazil presented “Brazilian Founders Evening.” Vicente Silveira of LinkedIn talked with Peixe Urbano founders Alex Tabor and Julio Vasconcellos about how they brought the Groupon model to Latin America. Since 2009 they have expanded from Brazil  to Argentina, Chile and Mexico. They have attracted investment from Benchmark Capital, General Atlantic, Morgan Stanley, Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price. Other Brazilian startups are now attracting customers and investors.

My thanks to Margarise Correa  and BayBrazil team who put these fun events together. Obrigada!

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May 17, 2011 SDF Biofuels: Sugar Vs. Oil

On May 17, 2011 in Palo Alto at SAP, SDForum presented  a Clean Tech Breakfast on “Biofuels- Is Sugar the New Oil?” Thomas Lord of PricewaterhouseCoopers moderated panelists Kef Kasdin of Proterro, Aaron Moser of LS9, Brook Porter of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Greg Young of Burrill & Company. They discussed the instability of oil supplies and the promise of biofuels. The rising price of oil and food is leading to political and social unrest around the world. Brazil and other countries have made great progress but other countries are facing the choice between food and fuel security.

The solution is to find waste that cannot be used as food for animals or people. Another way is to make the Protose sugar that is not based on agricultural products but on the fermentation process.

You could also find a stable commodity feedstock and genetically modify a bug to create the special chemicals you need. Make a fuel for a particular market like aviation to avoid a competitive race to the bottom making ordinary ethanol.

The continuing problem with biofuels is that you are still burning something and creating carbon dioxide. Biofuels could act as a transitional technology to more environmentally efficient energy sources.

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Mar. 29, 2011 SDF Global Women’s Journey

On March 29, 2011 in San Jose at Adobe, SDForum and BayBrazil celebrated International Women’s Day by launching the Global Women’s Journey series discussing the path to leadership. Maggie Shiels of the BBC moderated panelists Ana Paula Fernandes of Mettler-Toledo, Mei Lin Fung of Institute for Service Organization Excellence, Kirsti Kierulf of Accenture, Anu Shukla of Koinz Media and Whitney Tidmarsh of EMC.

Over the next decade a billion women will enter the global workforce, in some places outnumbering men in upper management. In America, women own ten million businesses and own twenty percent of all businesses with annual revenue over a million dollars. In California, women are on 9.5 percent of board seats at 400 of the largest publicly held positions, according to a UC Davis study. In Silicon Valley, women from diverse backgrounds increasingly find themselves on the path to leadership by starting their own businesses. Global changes in attitude help drive this social, economic and political process. It begins with access to education and recognizing individual strengths and abilities. Education opens the door to networking and business opportunities. Building wealth builds influence which is the path to leadership. An important part is to network. The rise of social networking technology helps people build alliances and help others on the path to leadership.

Musician Romeo Ribeiro opened the event with beautiful Brazilian song. I now have to find more of his music. Chrysa Caufield of Tendril in Boulder Colorado attended this event.

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