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A conversation with Brian Requarth and Mariate Arnal about best practices for building, scaling, and raising capital for online companies in Latin America. This event is designed to inspire top entrepreneurs in the region as they navigate their startup journey.
Are you an entrepreneur in Latin America taking your startup to the next level? Join us for a virtual fireside chat with Brian Requarth, founder of Viva Real and Latitud, hosted by Mariate Arnal, Head of LATAM at Stripe. Learn about Brian’s journey as a founder and how he tackled Latin America’s challenges and opportunities.
Brian is no stranger to the challenges of launching and scaling a hypergrowth startup in Latin America, having grown his Brazil-based company, Viva Real, from two people to more than 500 employees and tens of millions in dollars of revenue. Mariate and Brian will discuss the most critical pieces for a founder to get right, including how to manage operations (culture building, scaling teams, managing a board of directors) and your own psychology as a founder. Brian will share highlights from his new book, Viva the Entrepreneur: Founding, Scaling, and Raising Venture Capital in Latin America, in which he details his mistakes as a founder, so that you can avoid them.
The last 30 minutes will be founder Q&A. Please come with questions you’d like to workshop live with Brian and Mariate! The chat will be held in English and real-time written Portuguese and Spanish translation will be provided.
Brian Requarth is the co-founder and former CEO of Viva Real. In its early days, the company bootstrapped its operation, eventually raising over $74 million USD. Under his management, the team scaled to 500+ team members. Brian led merger negotiations with ZAP Imóveis and served as chairman of the combined company, Grupo ZAP. In March 2020, Grupo ZAP signed a deal to be acquired by OLX Brasil for R$2.9bn (~US$642M). Brian is currently building Latitud and is an active angel investor in Latin America.
Maria Teresa Arnal (commonly known as Mariate) is currently the head of LATAM for Stripe.
She recently joined Stripe from Google, where she was the managing director for Mexico. Her background spans from (too) many years in ad tech at companies such as Microsoft, Twitter, and Google, to management consulting (Booz Allen, BCG), while also starting her own company, Clarus, later sold to WPP. She is passionate about how technology can help solve many of the problems in Latin America and, particularly, the impact that Stripe can have for the economic landscape, by growing the GDP of the internet. She is also excited about helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses, and supporting women in their quest for empowerment and realizing their full potential.
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