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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  • 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

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.