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Brazil: A Playground for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Super Gringoes

According to mainstream fear media, Brazil is a hotbed of viruses:

Waterbourne viruses in Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, where Olympic athletes are expected to compete this summer;

Zika viruses in mosquitoes stinging expectant mothers and causing birth defects in their babies;

A social media viral campaign infecting 3.2 million citizens who flooded the streets of São Paulo in mid-March, demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff because of her involvement in the “car wash scandal“… (more…)

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Microsoft: Intrapreneurship and corporate investing

As we expand our series on corporate innovation and startup investing, we wanted to interview Microsoft and one of its innovation leaders. As many know, Microsoft is an active supporter of startups around the world. It’s initiated a wide range of programs to reinvent its internal culture while growing its brand with the innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Jim Brisimitzis is currently General Manager for US Startups at Microsoft, and was formerly the Director of Operations for Microsoft Ventures. In addition to spending more than a decade at Microsoft, Jim successfully founded a startup within the corporation (and raised >$1 million for the project,) while growing a team of specialists to facilitate corporate engagement with startups in key markets across the US.

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Watsco: Corporations and the open innovation model

Today, we continue our corporate innovation and startup investing series by heading south to Miami where Watsco — one of the world’s largest HVAC companies — is pioneering the next generation of their business.

Ivan Rapin-Smith currently leads Watsco Ventures and is on a mission to invest in new technologies and business models. He formerly ran the startup accelerator program at the Venture Hive in Downtown Miami, and co-founded the first startup accelerator in Belgium. Ivan brings more than twenty years of experience in startup creation, mentorship, and strategy to his role as a corporate investor.

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6 Things Not To Miss at AngelSummit

It’s less than one week away from Angel Summit Americas! We have an impressive list of speakers, attendees and partners hailing from all corners of the Americas.

We are debuting some great content and exciting announcements; here is what not to miss at the event.

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The Lean Angel Workshop

Startup Angels is unveiling its newest resource for aspiring startup investors around the world: the Lean Angel Workshop.

Developed under the guidance of Brad Feld, the Lean Angel Workshop is a fresh approach to learning how to invest in startups. It’s designed with the modern investor in mind. From direct investments to online syndicates to crowdfunding platforms, these workshops help attendees understand and choose the startup investing approach that’s best for each individual. It equips everyone from new angels to wealth management professionals with the latest strategies, tools and tactics to hit the ground running as new startup investors. (more…)

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Harnessing your city’s angel potential

Marc Nager is the Chief Community Officer of Techstars. Prior to that, he was the CEO and CoFounder of Startup Weekend and UP Global (acquired by Techstars) — organizations that bring change to the lives of entrepreneurs. Marc and his team expanded Startup Weekends to over 150 countries and are still growing. They’ve built a network of thousands of volunteers who support hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs. Marc has both witnessed and fueled the global surge of entrepreneurship.

Marc sat down with us to share some of what he’s learned as part of a two-part series.

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