How AI Can Shape the Future of Economic Development

If I were to describe the past few years and the relentless march of technological transformation in one word, it would be “disruption”. Standing at the forefront of this revolution is Artificial Intelligence (AI), a force poised to reshape the global landscape, including the field of International Development. While there are legitimate concerns such as... Continue Reading →

7 Tech and Market Trends from Web Summit Rio 2023

I recently attended the electrifying Web Summit Rio, where 21,000 like-minded souls converged to discuss the latest tech trends and innovations. Unsurprisingly, artificial intelligence (AI) stole the show. Here are the seven key takeaways that stood out during the 3-day event: 1. AI: Genie Out of the Bottle The buzz around AI was palpable, evoking... Continue Reading →

Mat to Market: Jiu-Jitsu Lessons for Entrepreneurs

As I found myself gasping for air beneath a sweaty, 220-pound training partner, a sudden epiphany struck me: Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and entrepreneurship, two great passions of mine, share a lot more in common than I had thought. As a BJJ practitioner and serial entrepreneur, I've learned invaluable lessons from the mat that I try... Continue Reading →

The Golden Age of Business: Capitalizing on the Silver Economy

The silver economy is an exciting market that is gaining more attention from investors and entrepreneurs alike. The silver economy refers to the economic activities and spending associated with aging populations, typically those over 60 years old. This segment of the population is growing rapidly due to longer life expectancy, and it is becoming increasingly... Continue Reading →

Building an Inclusive Future through Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship can be a powerful tool for promoting inclusion and empowering marginalized groups, including women, indigenous people, people of color, and the LGBTQI+ community. It can play a role in mitigating disparities and advancing diversity by offering avenues for financial independence and social empowerment. Entrepreneurship provides a solution to the systemic obstacles and biases faced... Continue Reading →

Board of Directors 2.0

Guest post by Stephanie Fleury. When you think of a Board of Directors, the first image that comes to mind is a table surrounded by gray-haired men wearing suits and ties. However, the fact that this image is recurrent only shows that it urgently needs to be changed, for the good of the companies themselves.... Continue Reading →

Bringing Digital Transformation to Your Business

The rate of adoption of digital technologies by companies of all stages and sizes has been growing fast over the past decade. These technologies range from e-commerce applications, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, video conferencing and financial management software, all the way to blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI), to name just a few. In the... Continue Reading →

10 Slides Every Pitch Deck Needs

I’ve been helping entrepreneurs prepare for their investor pitches for several years. Before that, I pitched my startups to investors for over a decade. Based on this experience, I have come up with the 10 slides a typical 5-to-10-minute presentation should have. 0. Title Before the content slides, you need a slick title slide to... Continue Reading →

Time for E-Commerce Entrepreneurs

Launching an online business, or e-commerce, has never been easier than in the past ten years. There are fantastic resources available that allow for the seamless development and operation of e-stores. For example, in 2017, working only nights and weekends, I was able to launch an online shop for apparel and accessories in just a... Continue Reading →

An Idea Is Just That – Not Yet An Innovation

Innovation and new ideas I am frequently approached by people who want to share a new business idea with me. Usually the pitch is accompanied by a good amount of mystery and secrecy: "Andre, I'm telling you this because I trust you, but don't tell anyone; this could be big". Let me summarize what I tell... Continue Reading →

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