A brief look at Brazil’s fintech scene

I’ve always had a fascination with Brazil which started at an early age from seeing their amazing squad from France ’98 to learning about the country in a Year 8 Geography class. I was fortunate enough to visit the country eight years ago and spent a month in Southern Brazil. So what’s the fintech scene in Brazil like? Similar to many developing countries, segments of the Brazilian fintech ecosystem is rather segmented and are more developed in some areas. Data from Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) shows that…

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How eHealth is revolutionazing healthcare in Emerging Markets

Emerging markets have often struggled with proper education and information, especially as regards basic healthcare knowledge for the main part of the population. Eyeing that gap, Google has made a big move on its Indian site: it added health information on its Knowledge Graph – Google’s semantic search base, which it uses to supplement organic search results with summarised information. This means that next time someone in India uses Google to search common health conditions, it will show information cards (illustrated with pictures) with typical symptoms, as well as details…

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How Big Data can make people healthier in Emerging Markets

Guest post by Will Greene In many emerging markets, reliable data on healthcare systems is limited or nonexistent. This makes it difficult to address urgent healthcare challenges in many countries. But a growing number of tech entrepreneurs and public health activists are finding ways to fill the data gaps. There are many gaps to address. Such healthcare systems and supply chains are not typically powered by modern IT systems. Large quantities of health data end up in paper records that are lost or forgotten. Undocumented cash transactions at hospitals and…

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Innovation: Meet “Text Engine”, the Google with text messages.

I’ve had a smartphone since 2010. In developed countries, a feature phone is a memory of the past – a nostalgic thought about flip phones. However in developing and frontier markets, feature phones are still alive and well. Even in more developed places like Brazil, smartphone penetration among mobile users is still only between 30-40%. Even for those with smartphone in hand, data is very expensive and internet signals are unreliable. The lack of infrastructure is an everyday problem. But how do we bring information for those still using feature phones…

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The Female Entrepreneurs Rising from Emerging Markets

In the Silicon Valley, the conversation on increasing female entrepreneurs in technology and the number of women founders has dominated the tech airwaves. How do women outside of Silicon Valley fare? Last year, we had just 12% female-led companies pitching in our 54 local events and there are clear cultural barriers in many of the emerging markets we cover. Thanks to initiatives like Goldman Sachs 10 000 Women and reports articulating the business case for investing in women, the future is bright for an increasing number of female founders in…

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Start-ups eye Brazil’s ever-growing eCommerce

Despite the recent political turmoil and recession, Brazil’s eCommerce continues to grow. In 2015, online sales grew 15.3% in value and 3% in volume compared to 2014, according to ebit – the Brazilian eCommerce association. In the same year, the total sales of eCommerce represented 3.3% of the total retails sales in the country. It still is good news for webshops, however the consumer behaviour started to change a little. The main change is shopping frequency: shoppers are buying less often but when they do they spend more, still according…

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