About the coverage – June 14th

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With the vision of empowering people through technology, Instructure’s flagship products, Canvas and Bridge, enable organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver and manage online or face-to-face learning experiences.

Now the company is looking for four Brazilian companies to participate in the first phase of the Instructure Booster Partner Program, an incubation program for education and technology startups.

That information was published for the past few weeks in websites specialized in startups, such as the reference media outlet startupi.

The Brazil Business and Politics Round-up June 11th 2018

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Politics

  • For US$ 807M, Brazil’s Government auctions off 3 of the 4 pre-salt oil fields The result demonstrated that the interventionist announcements made by the government concerning fuel price adjustments did not affect the appetite that companies had to take over the exploration and production sectors.
  • Electoral court issues first decision regarding fake news concerning the next election According to the decision, “exaggerated and effusive headlines containing untruthful information about candidate Marina Silva” will have to be taken down from the internet in the next 48 hours.
  • Law sanctioned by former President Lula complicates his situation as a prisoner In only four paragraphs, law 10,763 amended resolutions from the Criminal Code on white-collar crimes, determining, for example, heavier punishment for corruption, whose maximum sentence went from 8 to 12 years in prison.

Business

  • President Temer’s concessions to truck drivers open up other fronts in the crisis The concessions made by Temer to truck drivers have opened up other fronts in the crisis, involving governmental ministers, regulatory agencies, control entities, the country’s states and business owners and operators.
  • Public bank Caixa Econômica spent US$ 4.26 million in event for employees The event in case happened in the 2014 World Cup stadium Mane Garrincha, in Brasilia, was hosted by soap opera actors from Globo, the biggest TV in Brazil, and was organized to announce the bank’s goals for 2018 for 6,000 employees.

The Brazil Business and Politics Round-up June 4th 2018

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Politics

  • Government to aim at exporters to lower cost of diesel In order to lower the cost of diesel – an initiative that will cost the federal government US$ 2.6 billion – the Temer administration has announced that it will raise taxes on exporters and certain sectors of the industry: namely soft drinks and chemical.
  • Supreme Court unanimously convicts first congressman in Operation Lava Jato Justices belonging to the second panel of Brazil’s Supreme Court sentenced Nelson Meurer (PP-Paraná) to more than 13 years in prison for corruption and money laundering following Operation Car Wash and its investigations.
  • Courts maintain Lula’s benefits as former President Judge André Nabarrete Neto, of the Federal Regional Court of the 3rd region, overturned the injunction which suspended the right of the former President to security guards and drivers paid by the Federal Government.

Business

  • Pedro Parente resigns as president of Petrobras Parente has been under mounting criticism for his insistence on maintaining a pricing policy for fuel that was implemented under his management, which has led to successive increases and culminated in the truckers’ strike.
  • Unemployment rate reaches 12.9% affecting 13.4 million people Non-working population – people aged 14 or older who sought employment without success – grew 5.7% compared to the previous quarter (12.7 million).

About the coverage – May 30th

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With Verbling you can choose to learn from between more than 40 different languages and have classes with native teachers anywhere you want via video conference, giving you the tools to learn another language for personal reasons or professional reasons!

The online language teaching platform has virtually all of its employees around the world working remotely, as well as their teachers and students. This not only goes to show how forwarding thinking Verbling is as a company, but gives the company a unique know-how in how to be effective working remotely.

This was the focus in this article by Verbling marketing director Jina Shin, in which she explains how the day to day realities of remote work life really work, everything from meetings to project management. It was published in America Economia, one of the most important business and economy media outlets in Brazil.

The Brazil Business and Politics Round-up May 28th 2018

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Politics

  • Truck drivers on strike after Diesel prices go up; Gas becomes rare in a matter of days Since the 21st approximately 300,000 truck drivers went on strike, causing road blockades in 25 states, affecting goods distribution in the country due to the adjustment of the price of diesel; the government has since then gave to many of the strikers demands
  • Michel Temer won’t seek re-election; Henrique Meirelles new MDB pre-candidate The two were together about 50 days ago on the party’s headquarters in Brasilia, announcing both as pre-candidates; Meirelles said he will seek the union of the Center
  • First to be arrested in the PSBD scheme, former governor surrenders The former governor of Minas Gerais, Eduardo Azeredo (PSDB) turned himself in to begin serving his sentence of 20 years and one month in prison for embezzlement of public funds and money

Business

  • Dollar closes below R$ 3.70 after major intervention by Central Bank Economists interviewed by the BC’s own Focus research now forecasts the Dollar the currency at R$ 3.43 by the end of the year and R$ 3.45 in 2019
  • Taxpayers to suffer the consequences of cheaper diesel for truckers As the government announced an agreement with truckers’ representatives to suspend their strike for 15 days, the promising to reduce the CIDE fuel tax on diesel will affect the pockets of taxpayers

About the coverage – May 24th

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Supply chain and ecommerce technology leader, Manhattan Associates continues to gain industry recognition, being named as “visionary” once again in the Gartner Inc Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems (TMS).

The report focused on the quality of the TMS software, the vision of execution of Supply Chain (SCE) and Manhattan Associates’ position in the market.

Revista Mundo Logística, one of the most important publications in Brazil about logistics and business solutions, was one of the media outlets that covered the story.

The Brazil Business and Politics Round-up May 21st 2018

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Politics

  • One in three presidential candidates drops out of the race six months before the poll Eversince 1985, when democracy in Brazil was restored, an average of one in three of the main presidential candidates drop out of the race six months before the poll day
  • Brazilian prosecution office indicts JBS’ executives and ignores agreement The Federal Prosecution Office indicted JBS’ executives and informers Joesley Batista and Francisco de Assis on charges of active corruption, money laundering, violation of functional confidentiality and obstruction of investigations
  • São Paulo police kill more men, blacks and youth Data from an unpublished research shows there are more men, blacks and young people killed as a result of police interventions than the number of murder victims in the State of São Paulo

Business

  • Brazil’s Central Bank maintains interest rate at 6.5% The decision was unexpected, as surprised financial market analysts were estimating a new cut of 0.25%; On another note, the cycle of interest rate cuts, which started in October 2016 when the rate was as high as 14.25%, has ended
  • Operation against illegal mining launched by Federal Agencies The Brazilian Federal Prosecution Office (MPF) and other federal government have started an operation against mining and companies in the Tapajós river area, in Pará, aiming to attack an illegal chain of gold mining in the Amazon

About the coverage – May 18th

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Freshworks Inc is the company behind a suite of products including Freshdesk, Freshservice, Freshsales, Freshcaller, Freshteam, Freshchat and Freshmarketer, all designed to work together to increase collaboration among teams and help them connect and communicate better with their clients and co-workers.

They have been doing an amazing job since being founded in October 2010. it’s cloud-based SaaS suite is used by over 150,000 customers worldwide including Honda, Bridgestone, Hugo Boss and Toshiba.

In this article Freshworks’ CEO Girish Mathrubootham, gives some tips for  dealing with difficult clients and turning difficult conversations into a chance to learn.

The tips can help make relationships easier and more positive for both businesses and customers. They can also offer a great way to position the brand  and increase  awareness about how they can be helpful for business all over Brazil in solving some day to day issues.

The Brazil Business and Politics Round-up May 14th 2018

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Politics

  • CIA Document exposes former President from the Brazilian military regime as executions supporter The CIA document was posted on social media by journalist Matias Spektor, which claimed the piece was “the most disturbing confidential document” that he had ever read in 20 years of research
  • Brazil’s Justice proposes extention of privileged jurisdiction restriction Justice Dias Toffoli, a member of Brazil’s Supreme Court, has drafted a proposal to extend the restriction of privileged jurisdiction to all the authorities of the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary branches at the federal, state and local levels
  • Witness accuses city councilor in the Murder of Marielle Franco; Politician Denies Connection “My relationship with Marielle was very good; I don’t understand why this factoid against me was created,” said Marcello Siciliano; Marielle Franco (PSOL) was murdered on March 14

Business

  • Brazilian Airline Companies affected by soaring oil prices The price of the commodity is causing major concern for airline companies, once they suffer from the consequences of high prices for the fuel, raising their operating costs
  • Viracopos airport seeks for bankruptcy protection If the request for Bankruptcy protection filed on Monday (the 7th) is granted, partners could get relief from their payment obligations for concession granting fees already due for 2017 and those that come due at the end of the month

About the coverage – May 10th

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Airfox continues to make waves in Brazil with it’s unique financial service app based on blockchain technology. This week Forbes magazine carried a great piece in which it described Airfox as “democratic fintech”, as the mission of the app is to grant access to financial services to Brazilian’s without bank accounts on their smartphones.

Over 64% of the population of Brazil don’t have bank accounts. And the ones that do have to face high taxes and a lot of bureaucracy. Not only does Airfox grant access to services such as deposits, payments and charging the public transport card on the palm of the user’s hand, the app also doesn’t require credit checks, unlike it’s competitors, which means anybody can be an Airfox user.

On this Forbes piece, Airfox’s CEO Victor Santos was interviewed and talked about banking accessibility in Brazil.

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