CASES

Launched in 2010 BayBrazil has become a reference in the Brazilian-American tech community looking to do business with Brazil & Silicon Valley, get informed about market trends and leading companies, interact with major players and establish new bilateral ties.

BayBrazil’s Advisors & Board of Directors are a cross section of Brazilian-American executives residing in the Bay Area and São Paulo representing entrepreneurs, corporations, investment firms, academia, and non-profit agencies.

Over the past eight years, BayBrazil has gathered over nine thousand people in its tech hub, organized over 70 events, hosted dozens of delegations from Brazilian startups and large corporations to government agencies looking to engage with leading players in the innovation ecosystem.

Moreover, BayBrazil has been facilitating a myriad of connections, opening doors to new business opportunities, partnerships, working alongside our Corporate Members, helping them to expand and succeed.

To mention just a few cases, BayBrazil has been:

  • Connecting hundreds of tech executives with their peers in Brazil & Silicon Valley
  • Assisting a large corporation to fight fraud and cyber crimes
  • Opening doors to American & Brazilian companies to engage with potential partners. Some examples include Apigee, Banco Itaú, Grupo SEB, Movile (see more below), Pinheiro Neto, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Facilitating the access of Brazilian startups with tech players, investors and potential mentors
Our work with Movile

Movile is the industry leader for development of mobile content and ecommerce platforms in Latin America. With products for mobile phones, smartphones and tablets, the expansion to the U.S. was a natural course for the company but, it needed support to accomplish it. The company became a BayBrazil Corporate Member and here is how BayBrazil contributed to accelerate Movile’s goals in the region:

  • BayBrazil provided Movile with access to high profile Silicon Valley leaders, from investors to tech executives, who became part of the company’s network and helped with various aspects of doing business in the region.
  • One of Movile’s challenges was to recruit talent in Silicon Valley. BayBrazil introduced Movile to senior level professionals who joined the company as employees and are providing major contributions to the company’s growth, including to its app Playkids, which became a top grossing application in the Kids and Education categories in app stores globally, with 10M users in more than 100 countries.
  • Through BayBrazil’s network, Movile executives have been featured as speakers in various tech events in the Bay Area which allowed the company to get exposure to diverse audiences in the U.S., Europe, and China.
  • Movile was featured in BayBrazil’s events, including our annual conference Brazil in the 21st Century, at Stanford University. The 2014 edition brought a special outcome: in the audience, there was a Stanford professor, member of BayBrazil, who had a chance to get know and fall in love with Playkids’ story. As a result, Movile was invited to various speaking engagements and became a case study at Stanford Graduate School of Business, one of the most prominent schools in the world.
  • In 2015 BayBrazil facilitated Movile’s introduction to Google, which helped the company to substantially expand Playkids’s penetration among Android users.

Here is the feedback of Eduardo Henrique, Co-Founder & Head of Global Expansion at PlayKids:

“BayBrazil supported Movile since we touch down in Silicon Valley in 2012. The entity opened the doors to a great networking in the BayArea that helped a lot to understand how to make business in Silicon Valley. From this networking we had great achievements in doing business with Apple, Google, Facebook and other partners and suppliers. We also received many advices from BayBrazil mentors and board members to understand how to leverage our business here. Another important aspect was the warm reception that my family had when we arrived here. Most of my close friends now came from the BayBrazil networking.”

Supporting entrepreneurship, one conversation at a time

BayBrazil has also been working with a number of individuals, encouraging knowledge-sharing, accelerating connections in Silicon Valley & Brazil.

From day one, we’ve been supporting founders and startups staff to access capital, mentorship and relevant advice to the process of building their companies.

To mention a few of our initiatives:

  • In 2016 BayBrazil established a partnership with Google Developers Launchpad to expand our mentor program & support to Brazilian entrepreneurs. As a result, we teamed up to organize two workshops with training and mentorship.
  • “Having the first contact with Silicon Valley with BayBrazil’s team support was a special opportunity for Looqbox. I strongly recommend to anyone looking to connect with the region.”

    Rodrigo Murta, Co-founder and CEO of Looqbox
  • “I had an amazing experience learning directly from Google staff and experienced BayBrazil mentors. One big plus is that I also learned a lot from fellow program participants.”

    Edmar Ferreira, CEO of Rock Content
  • “I was lucky enough to participate in BayBrazil’s workshop in 2016. It was an amazing experience to connect with great entrepreneurs and to receive valuable mentorship from Google executives. In addition, I developed exceptional relationships with BayBrazil mentors that have been active since then. “

    Vitor Torres, Founder and CEO of Contabilizei
  • In 2013 worked with Desafio Brasil, a business competition in various Brazilian states. Through BayBrazil’s initiative and a partnership with Plug and Play Tech Center, the teams of two winner startups spent three months in Silicon Valley.
  • “BayBrazil has an excellent team that helped me in validating and improving SocialBase’s business model. Also, the events I attended were extremely important and productive in terms of connecting Brazilian entrepreneurs to the Silicon Valley’s community.”

    Radames Martini, CEO, SocialBase
  • The three months the Eventick team spent in Silicon Valley was unique and fascinating experience. We only could have that experience because of the doors BayBrazil is opening for entrepreneurs. Our team is very grateful for it”

    Thiago Diniz
  •  In December of 2011, BayBrazil helped the organizers of TEDxBayArea who were in search of a Brazilian female entrepreneur to be a guest speaker in its conference. Our team was able to locate and recommend Ana Gabriela Pessoa, CEO and founder of Ezlearn Educacional, the first Brazilian woman ever to participate.
  • “It was excellent to participate in TEDx. It resulted in various new connections during and after the event. I had the opportunity to show my work, one of the first female founder and CEO of a startup in Brazil. I’m very grateful for BayBrazil for having recommended me”

    Ana Gabriela Pessoa, VP of Strategic Partnerships at Pearson