Ten Brazilian female tech innovators you should know

Ten Brazilian female tech innovators you should know

Summary: As the government and private sector focus on improving Brazil's innovation ecosystem, many local women are working to foster this environment by connecting people, ideas and turning ideas into reality. We list some of the females making a difference in the Brazilian technology innovation scene.


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  • Bedy Yang, founder, Brazil Innovators

    It is hard to find any Brazilian tech entrepreneur worth his or her salt who is not in Bedy Yang's radar. The Brazilian-Chinese networking extraordinaire, who has one foot in Brazil and another in Silicon Valley, fosters the Brazilian technology startup scene through her project BR Innovators, a network of over 3,000 tech entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders. She is also a venture partner at early-stage seed fund and incubator program 500 Startups.

    Image: Faculdade de Informática e Administração Paulista (cc)

  • Bel Pesce, founder, FazINOVA

    Bel Pesce is an MIT graduate who worked at Microsoft, Google and Deutsche Bank and either created or advised a vast array of digital money and community-based startups in the United States even before hitting age 30. Now back in her native Sao Paulo, Pesce is the driving force behind FazINOVA, an innovation and entrepreneurship school. She is also a prolific book author and one of her earlier works, "The Girl From Silicon Valley: how entrepreneurship can change lives," was downloaded over a million times in less than three months.


  • Silvia Valadares, Microsoft Ventures head

    Silvia Valadares is the Microsoft executive leading the company's startup-focused programs Bizspark and Microsoft Innovation Center in Brazil. In her current role, former technology journalist Valadares helps budding Brazilian tech entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into commercially-viable products.  

Topics: Mobility, CXO, Government, IT Innovation for Small Businesses

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  • Hmmm, I cannot get beyond Image 2.

    Can you fix?
    • me neither

      something is wrong with the image sequence.
    • Buggy here too

      And unlike what happened in the "Five Brazilian Big Data companies to watch" post, which was buggy on Firefox but I could view the gallery on IE, this time it's buggy on all browsers. This only happens with your gallery posts, Angélica, not with other similar ZDnet galleries by other columnists, so you'd better check it with ZDnet's technical support (if there is one) to see what could be wrong.
  • It should be fixed now. Technology, eh? Thanks for your patience!
    Angelica Mari
    • The last image still won't load on Firefox, but there's a fix

      I was able to view images 1 through 7 now, but image 8 still won't load on Firefox. I could view it on IE (it's about Cora Rónai, who is also the daughter of the late eminent translator and critic Paulo Rónai, the widow of no less important translator, writer and cartoonist Millôr Fernandes, and the only one I had heard about before). It seems it has to do with a pop-up ad that Firefox's Adblock Plus add-on suppresses; ZDnet then refuses to serve the page. If I paste the URL of another pic and substitute "p8" for the corresponding part of the address, then Cora Rónai's page appears normally on Firefox. So, the problem is at both ends of the connection.