Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Deputy Director Jason Marczak writes for the San Jose Mercury News on why Silicon Valley technology companies should pay more attention to Brazil:
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is concluding her three-day US visit with a Silicon Valley stopover Wednesday that will highlight her country’s growing profile as an innovation powerhouse. Once known strictly for its soccer, carnaval and caipirinhas, Brazil is an increasingly middle-class country where technology and cutting-edge research are part of the national DNA.
She arrives in the Bay Area after laudable achievements advancing US-Brazil cooperation in her visits to New York City and Washington, DC, this week. Education, climate change, trade, investment and defense cooperation were all on the agenda with President Barack Obama. But the future of the relationship in the years ahead will come from organic cooperation among Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurs and Brazil’s strong base of innovation-driven firms.