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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.
Marcela Kashiwagi and Ana Paula Lessa, founders, Cabe Na Mala
All of us who have traveled to other countries have received requests from friends and family to bring a list of goods back. Rio de Janeiro-based Brazilian entrepreneurs Marcela Kashiwagi and Ana Paula Lessa built on that well-known practice to launch Cabe na Mala, a marketplace that connects people who want products from abroad and travelers that can bring in exchange for money. The entrepreneurs are part of the companies picked by Minas Gerais government-backed acceleration program SEED, last year.
Cora Ronai, technology journalist
Cora Rónai is a pioneer of tech reporting and the author of the first ever supplement focused specifically on the subject to be published by a Brazilian broadsheet in the early 1980s. Still an industry influencer, Rónai continues to write about tech for O Globo, one of Brazil's biggest newspapers. She is also an early adopter of digital media and paved the way for blogging, mobile technology and digital photography within publishing in Brazil. Her mobile photography efforts resulted in a book, Fala Foto, the world's first ever photo book made entirely with camera phone images and shortlisted by the Prêmio Jabuti, a well-known literary award in Brazil.
Image: Cora Rónai