Director of Research
Previously Peter was head of Google's core search algorithms group, and of NASA Ames's Computational Sciences Division, making him NASA's senior computer scientist. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He is co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field, and co-teacher of an AI class that signed up 160,000 students, helping to kick off the current round of massive open online classes.
Saurabh is currently an observer on the Boards of Brex, Dada, Rappi, Swiggy, and Udaan and led DST’s investment in Airbnb.
The VC firm DST focuses on late stage technology investments globally. DST has invested in leading global technology companies including Facebook, Twitter, Alibaba, Didi, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Airbnb and Spotify. In Latin America, DST invested in Nubank and Rappi.
Hans led GGV’s investment in Musical.ly (acquired by Toutiao) and serves on the boards of Wish, Poshmark, GrubMarket, Lively and Yellow, among others.
He has invested in mobile social communication companies sucha as Slack, Lime, Bustle, Peloton, and is actively involved in GGV portfolio companies Airbnb, Flipboard, DraftKings and Yodo1.
Co-Founder & CEO
Ilhabela Holdings is the company behind the successful growth of the Melissa Shoes brand in the US, up from relative obscurity into the leading brand in its category in the United States. Michele is also leading Costa Brazil, a sustainable beauty line founded by Brazilian Francisco Costa, former Calvin Klein Creative Director.
Shu is co-leading SoftBank’s new $5B Latin America-focused technology growth fund. Before this new role, Shu was a founding member of SoftBank Group’s Silicon Valley investment team, and subsequently the SoftBank Vision Fund. He has made investments spanning a variety of sectors including fintech, mobility, robotics and autonomous driving, in the US, Europe, India, China and Latin America.
Director of Venture Capital
Julie manages venture investor relationships in Latin America and globally. In this role, she oversees venture/tech-related programs, facilitates LAVCA’s early stage investor meetings, and oversees LAVCA’s tech content. Julie is also a founding member of the Latin America Tech Growth Coalition, which unifies top tech companies with a common goal of advancing high growth startups in the LatAm region.
Instituto Gerando Falcões
Growing up in a favela in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Edu founded Gerando Falcões, an organization that offers educational and training for 1,200+ families. He has being named one of 15 young Brazilians to change the world, by the World Economic Forum, and one of the 30 most influential youths under 30 in Brazil, by Forbes.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Ralf is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at PagBrasil. His fields of expertise are business management, international business development, marketing and online sales, as well as payment processing. Prior to PagBrasil, he was Vice President of Product Marketing Europe at Actebis and later founded 4M Iberoamérica.
Co-Founder & CEO
Plug and Play
A serial entrepreneur, Saeed’s current passion is helping entrepreneurs and startups out of universities. Besides his leading role at Plug and Play, he is General Partner in Amidzad. The fund holds investments in over 1,000 tech companies, such as PayPal, Powerset, Danger, Bix, Powerset, DropBox, Lending Club, Zoosk, etc.
Ekaterina joined Facebook in 2010 to run growth in Russia. She also ran growth at WhatsApp Inc. after the company got acquired by Facebook. Now at TheVentureCity, early stage venture fund and accelerator founded by another Facebook alumni, she is investing in and accelerating early stage startups in Europe and in Latin America.
Alex is leading deals in LatAm and Digital Enterprise, Networking, Datacenter, 5G related deals in the U.S. Before that, he worked for Intel Capital and led several equity investments in Latin America, in a variety of sectors (Cloud Services, Healthcare IT, Big Data Analytics, FinTech)
Founder & CEO
Steve founded Juvo with the mission to establish financial identities for the billions of people worldwide who are creditworthy yet financially excluded. Juvo currently provides services in 27 countries across Latin America, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. In 2018 Steve was recognized as a Tech Pioneer by the WEF.
Co-Founder & COO
Using AI to automate security checkpoints at airports, Synapse works with the likes of TSA, the US Air Force, Osaka Airport in Japan, and other airports around the world. Bruno is also an active angel investor and a founding partner at pre-seed fund Graduate Fund. Previously he was managing partner at Dorm Room Fund Boston.
Global Head of Partnerships
Google for Startups
Genna manages a global team that scales Google’s support for startups across 50+ partners in 30 countries. She team partners with accelerators, tech hubs to catalyze startup communities and accelerate startup growth. Before Google, Genna received her MBA from London Business School, spent 5 years in various positions at the U.S. Department of State, including as a member of Secretary Rice’s advance team.
Edson has been engaged in the Brazilian entrepreneurial scene for over 10 years. Prior to founding VC firm Astella, Edson was a Partner at Cicerone Capital, VP of Sales at Lucent Technologies, and COO with Lojas Veper. He serves as a director on several Boards and is an active Endeavor Mentor. Edson holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a degree in Business Adm. from Mackenzie University.
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