2015 Speakers

  • Guido Grinbaum
    Guido Grinbaum
    Founder and CEO, YOP
    Guido Grinbaum is an Industrial Engineer with a Master in Finance.

    He worked for Unilever and Pepsi in Marketing positions in Latin America for more than 10 years.

    He was founder of several Start Ups: DeRemate.com (sold in 2008), Baazee.com (sold in 2004), Dineromail.com (sold in 2006), Dridco: ZonaJobs, ZonaProp, Demotores, ZonaCitas (Sold in 2014), Covedisa (sold in 2015).

    In March 2015 he launched YOP, a C2C Mobile Only Marketplace for Brazil and Latin America.

  • Ilja Goossens
    Ilja Goossens
    Sales Director, Tune
    After finishing his Master of Arts as an interaction designer in the 90s of last century, Ilja discovered the power of the internet. Coming from an area without mobile phones, social media and being online 24/7, it was clear to him that a lot was going to change very quickly.

    He has been a new media entrepreneur for about 10 years. Amongst others he setup and ran a mobile development company, and founded the mobile- and browser games company Virtual Fairground.

    He joined TUNE as Director of Market Development and has recently moved to head up the sales team in EMEA, LATAM and India.

  • Hernan Kazah
    Hernan Kazah
    Co-founder and Managing Partner, Kaszek Ventures
    Hernan Kazah is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Kaszek Ventures, a Venture Capital firm focused in the technology industry in Latin America.

    Before Kaszek Ventures, he cofounded MercadoLibre (Nasdaq: MELI), Latin America’s largest ecommerce and online payments platform, where he worked for 12 years – first 9 years as COO and last 3 years as CFO.
    Prior to this, Mr. Kazah worked as Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble Co. and was a finance analyst at the United Nations Development Program and in a stock brokerage firm.

    He currently sits on the board of several technology firms such as Technisys, BelezaNaWeb, DrConsulta, PetLove, Kekanto, Zup and is also a board member at Lavca (Latin American Venture Capital Association).

    Mr. Kazah received an MBA from Stanford University and graduated magna cum laude in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires.

    He was selected Endeavor Entrepreneur in 1999, chosen Established Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2009, and awarded “The Outstanding Young Persons of Argentina” recognition by the Junior Chamber International in 2004.

  • William Porter
    William Porter
    VP of Marketing, Kingsoft
    Bill Porter is a branding and influencer communications strategist.

    Based in San Francisco, he is an expert in start-ups and brand positioning he specializes in product launch strategy, events/experiential, social, digital, news and content marketing.

    In 2014 clients included Marketo, the leader in marketing software and solutions, Visa, the leading global payments company and Viewpost, an early stage start-up aimed to disrupt the way business sends and receives payments.

    He spent the previous three years at Apptera, mobile audio advertising and mobile app developer company recently acquired by a global consulting firm, where he launched 2 mobile apps on Apple and Android and led digital, social and integrated communications.

    Prior to Apptera he spent five years working in various roles in start-ups (SendMe Mobile, LetsTalk Inc and Direct Agents) based in San Francisco and New York developing messaging, strategy, brand voice and advertising.

  • Luciana Burger
    Luciana Burger
    Managing Director, comScore
    Luciana Burger é uma profissional de Marketing Digital com larga experiência em vendas e operações adquiridas nos principais portais da América Latina. Em 2012 Luciana juntou-se ao Terra Networks (Telefónica) como Diretora de Operações Globais. Antes de ingressar no Terra, ela dedicou sete anos de sua carreira na Microsoft em publicidade on-line (2005-2012), e foi responsável por Vendas de Publicidade no Grupo Clarín (2003-2005). Em 2015, assumiu a diretoria da comScore Brasil iniciando uma nova etapa em sua carreira. Com sólida formação acadêmica, ela desenvolveu uma carreira paralela como professora em universidades nos últimos 17 anos, e leciona em MBAs de Marketing Digital na Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM).
  • Romero Rodrigues
    Romero Rodrigues
    Co-founder and CEO, Buscapé Company
    Romero Rodrigues is Co-Founder and Chairman of Buscapé Company, a comparison shopping service launched in 1999. The company did 20+ acquisitions (from payments to classifieds) and received four rounds of investments during the last 16 years. In 2009, Naspers, a South African group, acquired 91% of Buscapé in a valuation of USD 374 MM. In Nov/2013, Rodrigues became Global CEO of Comparison Shopping of Naspers. Buscapé incorporated all Naspers’ comparison shopping assets, becoming the world leader in its category. Romero is responsible for 1,200+ employees in 20+ emerging markets including Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Czech, Ukraine, Turkey, Italy, South Africa and Nigeria.

    Rodrigues also dedicates time to Endeavor, a NGO he acts as a mentor and board member. He is also board member of Wayfair (NYSE:W), TOTVS (BVMF:TOTS3), Neogrid and Movile.

    As an active angel investor, Romero invested in 25 start-ups investments in Brazil, United States, UK and South Africa.

    Romero Rodrigues has a BSc in Electrical Engineering at Escola Politecnica of University of São Paulo.

  • Guga Stocco
    Guga Stocco
    Head of Strategy and Innovation, Banco Original
    Guga is the head of Strategy and Innovation at Banco Original and Co-Founder of Koolen Venture Capital. He has been involved with the Internet since the beginning. As an entrepreneur he co-founded and sold his company (TeRespondo) to Yahoo. As an executive he managed the business development team for Microsoft in the region for 5 years and as VP of Buscapé he was involved in more than 15 acquisitions and managed 2 companies increasing the total GMV from 12 million to 1 billion in 2.5 years.
  • Marco DeMello
    Marco DeMello
    CEO, PSafe
    Marco DeMello is an entrepreneurial technology executive with over 20 years of experience in Security, large-scale systems, and Cloud Computing.

    Brazilian native; Technology executive at Microsoft for 10 years in Redmond, WA, where he was responsible for projects such as:
    *Hotmail
    *Windows Security
    *Exchange Server 2007

    CTO of SpotRunner for 4 years; designed and delivered Malibu Media Platform to optimize millions of media buys per second).

    Founder and CEO of PSafe Tecnologia S/A, largest mobile security provider in Latin America.

  • João Carvalho
    João Carvalho
    Founder and CEO, Hands
    Mobile Marketing & Advertising professional since 2006.

    Co-Founder and Owner @ Pontomobi – www.pontomobi.com.br
    Partner and CEO @ Hands Mobile Advertising – www.hands.com.br

  • Pedro Conrade
    Pedro Conrade
    CEO, Controly
    Pedro Conrade – 23 years, São Paulo (SP) – studied Business at the Getulio Vargas Foundation and Babson College in Boston. Entrepreneur for more than six years, has participated in the creation of some companies in the digital market, retail, and is now ahead of controlY, a digital bank for Milenials.
  • Yan Di
    Yan Di
    CEO Baidu Brasil, President ABO2O
    Yan Di, President of Brazil O2O Association and CEO of Baidu Brasil, has more than 15 years of progressively responsible experience setting up Brazilian subsidiaries and directing business expansions in multinationals of Telecom, IT and Internet in Brazil. Among his previous positions, Yan served as Marketing Executive of Huawei do Brasil, a Fortune 500 multinational manufacturer of telecom equipment. He was CEO of Tenda do Brasil, a Shenzhen-based manufacturer of consumer routing products. Yan Di holds a B.A. degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU).
  • Luiz Marcelo Da Costa Correia
    Luiz Marcelo Da Costa Correia
    Digital Experience Director, LATAM, McDonald’s
    Luiz Marcelo da Costa Correia (usually known as LM) was born in Curitiba, Brazil. He is Electronic Engineer (UFPR – Brazil with honor) with MBA in Marketing (FGV – Brazil), with specializations in Business Adm (IDP – UCBerkeley – USA), Strategic Leadership (ISE Business School – in company – Brazil) and Innovation (UniAndes University – in company – Colombia). He is a senior executive with international experience in various segments such as digital, media, telecom, mobile, advertising, innovation, start-ups, and the technology industry. Also, he is advisor for startups.

    Currently, he is leading the LATAM Digital Experience department based in São Paulo for McDonald’s. The previous job was in Carvajal, a Colombian Group, to start and develop in 2006 the Brazilian Digital Business Unit, building a business unit with almost 100 professionals organized in Planning & Control, Marketing, Sales & Support and Operation. In 2011, he became the LATAM head of mobile to support the mobile initiatives of the company. In 2012, he worked as the head of digital products and partnership for Brazil. Before Carvajal, he worked as Marketing Director for Aplauso company based in Brasília. In Telecom segment, he worked for TIM – Telecom Italia Mobile as senior marketing manager and VAS product manager. As the main achievements in TIM, Luiz Marcelo was one of the main responsible for the GSM start-up operation in Center-West region based in Brasília, he launched the first pre-paid mobile plan to the Southern Brazil, he launched many digital products and new business as SMS, WAP and content delivery (Rio de Janeiro) and he worked directly in the Brazilian Telecom privatization process.

    He is very connected with the market and with the main digital players. Since 2011, he supports the Mobile Marketing Association – MMA as LATAM director board member. Also, in 2014 he was the president of mobile committee Brazil of the Interactive Advertising Bureau – IAB and now in 2015 as a committee member. He is engaged with this two associations in order to accelerate the transformation and innovation of marketing through digital.

  • Paula Crespi
    Paula Crespi
    Marketing and Product Director, GuiaBolso
    As head of marketing and product for GuiaBolso, the leading personal finance management platform in Brazil, Paula had a key role in the successful launch of the product in 2014 and it’s growth to over 1.4million users since. Besides her current responsibility in driving the growth and engagement strategies of the company, she also heads the customer support team, guaranteeing customer happiness and satisfaction.

    Prior to joining GuiaBolso she held product, innovation and marketing leadership roles at Whirlpool and got her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Paula’s time at the Stanford University D.School and at IDEO have also made her passionate about user-centered product development approach, a theme she now teaches in places like IED (European Institute of Design).

  • André Ferraz
    André Ferraz
    CEO, In Loco Media
    André Ferraz, fundou a In Loco Media ainda na faculdade, aos 19 anos. A empresa, que recebeu investimento do Buscapé, é pioneira no uso de localização indoor na publicidade e líder nacional no mercado de mídia mobile, com mais de 37 milhões de usuários ativos e mais de 100 grandes clientes.
  • Pedro Guasti
    Pedro Guasti
    VP Institutional Relationship, Buscapé Company
    25 years of experience in business management in e-Commerce, Business Intelligence and IT, whose last 15 years have been focused on e-Commerce and entrepreneurship.

    Chairman of the e-commerce at FecomercioSP (Commerce Federation), responsible for Institutional Relations of the E-bit / Buscapé.
    Co-founder of E-bit in 2000, was responsible for structuring the areas of Behavioral Marketing, Market Intelligence and University Buscapé Company.

    Actively contributes to disclose and strengthening of e-commerce in Brazil, one of the creators of WebShoppers Report.

  • Moacir Kang
    Moacir Kang
    Founder and Managing Partner, Apontador, Maplink & Truckpad
    Over 19 years experience in emerging markets investment, 15 as internet founder and investor

    Besides founding Apontador in 2000, he worked in major investment banks as a derivatives quantitative trader

    Moacir holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University”

  • Igor Lopes
    Igor Lopes
    Editor-in-chief, Canaltech
    Igor Lopes covers the Tech Industry for almost 10 years and, nowadays, is the editor-in-chief of Canaltech, one of the main Tech online platforms in Brazil. In the past, he worked for Band TV, TV Cultura, Olhar Digital, amongst others.
  • Jorge Pilo
    Jorge Pilo
    Global Co-CEO, Easy Taxi
    Jorge Pilo is the CO-CEO of Easy Taxi. He has worked previously at Procter & Gamble, The Boston Consulting Group, and Groupon in Europe, the USA and Brazil. Jorge has a degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar co-hosted with the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Mathieu Le Roux
    Mathieu Le Roux
    Managing Director, Latin America, Deezer
    Mathieu Le Roux joined Deezer as Managing Director for Latin America in October 2012 and is based in the company’s São Paulo office. Fluent in Portuguese and with a good understanding of local Latin American culture, Le Roux managed the launch of Deezer in Brazil and is tasked with leveraging the business across Latin America. Prior to joining Deezer, Le Roux spent many years as a partner in a Venture Capital firm, responsible for major investments in internet, IT and green energy projects in various technology-based companies. Le Roux has also worked at an innovation consultancy in Silicon Valley, held the position of CFO at Parfums de France in São Paulo, and was part of the launch team of Amazon in France. Outside of work, Le Roux also created a project of a one year trip around the world and co-authored “Around the World in 80 people”, a book of interviews with sustainable development entrepreneurs across 38 countries, that has been a best seller published in nine different languages.
  • Luiz Ojima Sakuda
    Luiz Ojima Sakuda
    EMBA Professor and Creative Economy Researcher, Fundação Vanzolini
    Luiz Ojima Sakuda is Professor and Researcher at Centro Universitário da FEI and Fundação Vanzolini; Abragames Board Member, IGDA Sao Paulo Chapter Vice-Chair. Sakuda earned his BA in Public Administration, and his MBA (“Stricto Sensu” Master) at FGV-EAESP. He also studied at ESSEC (France) for part of his MBA. Sakuda is also PhD Candidate at Poli-USP. Sakuda was Innovation Manager at Fabrica Livre, Senior Managing Director and Partner at Globond International (USA), consultant to the Schreier Family Office, Partner of Orbe Investimentos and Director of Business Development at Yavox Latin America. Sakuda also has academic experience as a professor of MBA/Graduate programs for ITA, FGV and BSP on research, strategy, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation related courses.
  • Jay Santos
    Jay Santos
    Evangelist, Unity Technologies
    Graduated in Computer Sciences in 2002, with 10+ years of game development experience. Evangelist with Unity since 2012.
  • Eduardo Schaeffer
    Eduardo Schaeffer
    CEO, ZAP Imóveis
    Mechanical engineer, post-graduate in strategic management. From 1995 he was the partner responsible for the commercial area of WEBRA. Then he served as commercial director of Promon and as e-business consultant for companies such as Itaú, Camargo Correa, TAM and others. Currently holds the position of CEO of ZAP.
  • Maria Elisa Silva
    Maria Elisa Silva
    CMO, 99Taxis
    Graduated in International Affairs and with a Masters on Marketing at Barcelona University, has joined 99Taxis in the beginning of 2015 and helped to launch the new brand strategy and marketing campaign. Strong experience in marketing strategies with different categories, such as telecommunications, home appliances and the internet market.
  • Jose Simoes
    José Simoes
    CPO, Dafiti
    Currently CPO at Dafiti. Passionate about the intersection of technology and business. Big supporter of user-centric initiatives that focus on authentic engagement. Willing to change the way advertising & marketing are perceived today by connecting both digital (mobile & web) and real worlds. Startup addict & early stage investor.

    During his PhD, co-authored more than 25 scientific papers and wrote a book. Past experience includes Business Development & Engineering. Interested in behavioural economics, data mining and context-aware technologies.

  • Rafael Siqueira
    Rafael Siqueira
    CTO, Apontador
    Responsible for Technology and Product of Apontador.com. The company is the leader local search website in Brazil with 15MM unique visitors monthly. Lot of experience in Location Based Services, O2O (Online to Offline) and Mobile.
  • Alexander Tabor
    Alexander Tabor
    CEO, Peixe Urbano
    In 2010, Alex Tabor co-founded Peixe Urbano, Brazil’s first Group Buying site. Peixe Urbano quickly grew to over 25 million users in Brazil (a country of 80 million internet users) and won the Crunchies Awards, one of the highest recognitions for internet startups in Silicon Valley, as the best international startup of the year in 2012. As one of Brazil’s fastest growing internet companies, Peixe Urbano is currently an important player in the O2O space, leading the industry nationally.

    A Computer Science graduate from the University of Southern California, Alex worked as Software Architect for Power.com, a social media integrator, and then founded his own software development startup that catered to international clients before launching Peixe Urbano. Tabor is half-Brazilian, half-American and has lived in several countries around the world. His passion for information technology was apparent since childhood, as he launched India’s first online graphic community, a BBS (Bulletin Board System), at age 13.

  • Guy Uziely
    Guy Uziely
    Director of Accounts, LATAM and Spain, Appsflyer
    Guy is a seasoned multilingual Sales & Marketing professional with a passion for everything online. He has broad business development experience in local markets across Latin America, Europe and the U.S.
  • Vicente Vieira
    Vicente Vieira
    Business Director, Manifesto Games
    Vicente Vieira is a co-founder and business director of Manifesto Games. He has worked for 12 years in digital games area and has participated in the production of over 100 games for different platforms. It’s enthusiast of the gaming industry and also founded two other companies: Joy Street and BigHut Games. He has degree in Computer Science, PMP certified and currently a PhD student in artificial intelligence for games.
  • Rogério Vilela
    Rogério Vilela
    An internet powerhouse, with more than 350 million youtube views, Rogerio Vilela is a comedian, illustrator, writer, comic book artist, actor, voice actor and a squeaky-clean, well-shaven flight attendant. His funny bonebegan with his pencil, as he published his first comic strips at Folha de S. Paulo, one of Brazil’s major newspapers. It was ground zero, and he’s working non-stop since than, publishing comic books in Brazil and also in the US. Vilela started the content hub Fábrica de Quadrinhos over 15 years ago; amongst it’s most popular creations is Mundo Canibal (or Cannibal World), one of the biggest animation websites in Brazil and major reference for non-PC humour. Vilela also has a number of awards as illustrator, comic bok artist, writer and short film director. He hosted a comedy show at 89 FM radio. He was a reporter at the entertainment TV show Brothers, and was part of MTV, Comedy Central and Record TV shows as well. At Multishow Channel, Vilela wrote and directed Mundo Canibal TV and is still part of the Fritada gang. As one of the top stand up comedians of the new generation, Vilela is known for his sharp and definitely un-PC writing.

    His most recent solo effort, O Último dos Canimais (The Last of the Cannibals), recently released as part of Netflix’s programming, is being performed for a sold out audience around Brazil. You can catch Rogerio Vilela live in Sao Paulo, every Friday night, at the comedy club Pikadero.

  • Pedro Waengnertner
    Pedro Waengnertner
    CEO, Aceleratech
    Empreendedor serial, investidor e incentivador do ecossistema empreendedor do país, Pedro é cofundador da Aceleratech, considerada a melhor aceleradora de startups pelo Brazil Founders. Tem vasto conhecimento sobre as estruturas e processos para criar, consolidar e crescer um negócio.
  • Steven Yu
    Steven Yu
    GM of LatAm, Cheetah Mobile
    Yu joined Cheetah Mobile in 2014, and has been responsible for business development in the emerging markets. He is currently serving as the General Manager of Latin America and Russia for Cheetah Mobile. Prior to this, Yu served over 10 years at Haier as the General Manager of International Business. Yu received his Bachelor’s degree of Management from Shandong Institute of Business and Technology.
  • Fernando Zanatta
    Fernando Zanatta
    IT and Product Director, Netshoes
    Director of Information Technology and Product at Netshoes, one of the lead e-commerce companies in South America. With degree in IT, software developer since 2000, has worked in various companies in different industries in Brazil and remotely to other big market players in major projects.