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Jonathas Freitas, the Brazilian reinventing the technology and entrepreneurship sector

(Jonathas Freitas and his wife Carolina Barros)


 According to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) published by the  ABES (Brazilian Association of Software Companies), Brazil currently holds 1.65% of investments in technology globally, and 40% of investments in all of Latin America. 

In this scenario of development for this sector in Brazil, the young entrepreneur Jonathas Freitas acts as one of the protagonists of the private sector, which seeks to develop large businesses in a highly scalable way.

Whoever is in the technology sector in Brazil has probably heard of Jonathas Freitas, or simply Jhon. In 2021, Jonathas Freitas’s biography was already impressive, with more than 40 startups in the portfolio, some of them with international recognition. But 2022 was the big year in Freitas’ life. He expanded his investments outside the technology sector, investing in cosmetics, real estate, advertising, distribution, and hospitality. He made big moves in business, approached the Swiss government, and even invested in Asia. Brazil definitely became small for Jonathas Freitas. He is also a BMW ambassador and works with one of the largest social programs in Brazil, the Ayrton Senna Institute, named in honor of the famous racing driver to support education.

In recent decades, Jonathas has transformed his goals into a network of businesses spread across different countries and in different formats. Recently, he was on a business trip through Europe and met with some of the most important executives in Switzerland and Germany. Earlier this year, he was in New York accompanied by his wife, Carolina Barros, for a series of business meetings that should take place over the next few years.

All of these ongoing businesses in multiple locations are possible because Jonathas has embraced a worldwide trend towards running multiple businesses. The entrepreneur acts as a “serial entrepreneur,” a modality in which the investor acts as an investing partner and becomes a business advisor, but does not participate in the administration, enabling the infinite creation of businesses. 

Through Instagram, Jonathas shares the backstage of his life, news about his businesses and tips for other entrepreneurs looking to improve their businesses. He has already received the main awards for entrepreneurs in Brazil, is respected by the entire Brazilian press, is starting to make important moves internationally and is certainly a name that should become more and more constant in international business, especially in technology.

Jedari Opes More Possibilities for Connection as an Innovative Digital Community Platform

After the pandemic hit the world in 2020, more and more online communities have grown in popularity. In addition, people can now connect with others on the other side of the world thanks to technological advances. However, as the community grows, it becomes more challenging to make a personal connection. With the increasing digitization of society also comes a yearning for deep and genuine relations with others.

In a time when more individuals and organizations are making a move toward the digital world, there is a risk of losing sight of the essentials of human connection. This is a challenge that Jedari promised to address, believing that the ability to communicate and share information among members is essential in a group or community. Unfortunately, for community platforms, this simple function seems to be overlooked.

Jedari is an innovative community management platform designed and managed by community leaders. It was created for managing, scaling, and serving communities. This platform aims to bring together diverse communities of people from all over the world. The creators envisioned this revolutionary space for people looking for a way to grow their respective communities online.

Because more people have joined online spaces to connect with the rest of the world, an increasing number of communities are beginning to accept hybrid or entirely online setups. Furthermore, the expansion of online communities has also made it possible for people from various cultures and backgrounds to interact despite geographical distance.

The creators of Jedari spent six years running a multi-thousand-person tribe without finding a platform that best supports their members’ needs, preferences, and unique mission, vision, and culture. This is why they decided to build their own, giving birth to Jedari. This new outstanding community management platform is the result of a community and tribe builder’s years of trial and error.

Jedari is a digital community platform that has everything a community leader and member could want. It includes features such as direct messaging, unique, live streaming services, customizable member profiles, private and specific community groups, member participation scoring, and a library for the entire community to house videos, documents, and training.

Jedari has built a reputation for providing the most robust and inclusive app for community builders and managers, allowing them to serve their communities in real-time and live through its exemplary and connected features. The team behind this revolutionary space wants to be a part of an important moment in world history and make it possible for social communities to gather, communicate, and develop online without restrictions.

Jedari hopes to add more features that will help online communities as it continues to develop and test its platform to accommodate the needs of community managers and builders. The creators are very optimistic about the future because of the countless options available today. To expand their influence on a global scale, they are looking forward to seeing more communities transition to virtual communities without fear of being socially disconnected from one another.

Post-Pandemic Technology Trends With Karolina Gujska

The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged many businesses and organizations to absorb modern-day technologies in their strategies to adapt to the times. As a matter of fact, many industries have taken it upon themselves to deliver digital transformation efforts in order to develop a competitive edge in highly competitive global markets. With greater-than-ever access to rapidly converging technologies – machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), predictive analytics, high-performance and cloud computing, physics-based simulation, and digital twins, among others, companies now have a stellar chance to enhance their business and engineering practices to be designed for the future. 

Being aware of today’s trends taking root in various industries, New York-based influencer and global tech leader Karolina Gujska helps the Fortune 500 thrive in the current business landscape and innovate for the future. With 15 years of experience across various industries and incredible know-how on different innovative strategies, this powerhouse woman leader helps her clients succeed every step of the way. 

With her expertise and knowledge, Karolina Gujska shares her thoughts about technology and business innovation during the global health crisis in an interview with the US Reporter, first commenting, “With the environment we live in now, businesses need to do what is needed to ensure business continuity and survival… Long term, just responding and then recovering as an organization won’t be enough. We saw this in 2020. Fortune 500 and small businesses need to grow and thrive in a post-COVID world; faster digital enablement transforming into a pandemic-proof organizational model is vital.” 

Keep reading below to dive further into Karolina’s knowledge of what she sees with her Fortune 500 clients. 

Q: What does a company need to do to survive this day and age, and perhaps, the future?

A: In order to survive today’s landscape, companies need to adapt to the times by bringing technology into their methods. After witnessing how the pandemic has stunted the growth of the global economy, I think it is best to elevate the company strategy by adding innovative tech to one’s business. Another interesting observation from my clients is that industries have now taken a more strategic view of technology, instead of thinking of it as a mere cost driver. Currently, they are looking to technology to strategically differentiate themselves from competitors, which makes my career even more exciting in helping these companies compete.

Q: Having over a decade of experience in the world of technology, one can safely assume that you have seen it all – including the challenges in entering and dominating the Fortune 500 during a pandemic. As you recall your experiences, what have you seen as the true customer need?

A: It’s successfully turning customer data into actionable insights. Actionable insights are the glue to a successful organization. Although the absence of data has been proven fatal to the cause of entrepreneurs and enterprises, actionable insights – insights that impact the ability to decide what path to take next – have been shown to be a propeller of different businesses. Data matters, but actions are vital. 

Let me explain it a little further: I work with the very best Fortune 500 brands in the world, and at the core, a brand wants to help people. So how can they create relevant engagement for their customers? They want to be engaging with people and give them the experiences they love. That calls for careful aligning of technology and data with human values and identity. That’s why long-term engagement with customers is difficult to establish, as it requires end-to-end capabilities to translate customer insights into actions that are both relevant and meaningful to the customer. The resulting experience should be human and address human values since everything you do is for a person. With digital becoming an integral part of the new normal, those brands that can elevate the human experience will be able to make a lasting emotional connection with their customers, which then becomes transformational.

Q: The projects you have worked with are quite at scale. Do you have any insights into what is needed to succeed?

A: Helping build an organization that delivers to its customers is difficult but not unattainable. I have helped many of my clients in this transformational journey, and I have seen that technology and data do not work like a wand that will magically solve all your issues. One needs to have the relevant capabilities, skills, customer-centric organization, and a technology-driven leadership team to help the delivery of these customer engagements. 

Q: On retail clients, we saw how badly they were affected in 2020. How can you help them adapt to the current times?

A: This is one of my favorite topics of discussion. Retailers are doubling down on digital, and ecommerce is the way to go. Currently, 60% of customers’ interactions with retailers are online, and companies are leveraging the power of artificial intelligence and augmented reality to ramp up their investments in personalization, location, voice shopping and chatbots. Before COVID, retailers were slow to adopt into ecommerce. Technology that had been hopeful in the industry suddenly became a lifeline for survival. There are two main components to make ecommerce successful for the retail industry, and that is last mile and store fulfillment. To explain further, today’s consumers aren’t keen on excuses, especially when it comes to accessibility, affordability, and convenience. The pandemic is no longer a reasonable excuse for not delivering orders on time, so retailers are vying for limited shipping capacity in the last mile due to surges in online shopping. Even the most advanced ecommerce capabilities can’t mask the importance of fulfillment, as delivery becomes a cornerstone of the experience. As far as the stores, consumers will buy online and pick up in-store more often in the future, meaning the store as a fulfillment center can be an effective strategy. This will require systems and business units to communicate with each other to deliver on the promise. As services scale, so must retailers’ ability to deliver a consistently positive experience. So regardless of how consumer behavior changes, retailers must be prepared to continue developing stronger, deeper relationships with their customers both online and in person.

Q: What’s next for Karolina? Are you on any special projects?

A: I have a few special projects, but the most notable of them is my upcoming book about my sales prospecting journey, which teaches professionals how to sell in a post-COVID environment and ramp up my social media. I designed my sales method when I had to change my entire sales process in 2020, which has stuck and is here to stay, earning me major success. I hope to have it released in 2024. I believe young professionals and professionals with decades of experience will be able to get something out of my book to use in their own sales approaches. Additionally, I have hired a brand strategy company for my social media and am looking to put forth the content needed for empowering women into STEM and leadership roles. 

Follow Karolina Gujska on Instagram to learn more about her journey in helping Fortune 500 brands and mentoring women of all ages in business. 

Safewave Technology Talks Launching the Vibration-Based Safewave Band and Helping the Deaf and HoH Community

The advent of digital technology has not only transformed the political, social, and economic landscapes but has also introduced a wide array of solutions to human problems and alternatives to traditional approaches. Issues, from the mundane to the most critical, are now being addressed with a couple of swipes on people’s smartphones. Most impressive of all is the ability of today’s industries to meet the needs of people from all walks of life, thanks to digital technology. 

Safewave, the company credited for the world’s first and only smart notification wristband, harnessed the power of modern tech to bring considerable value to the table – one that benefits the Deaf and HoH community.

A Black-owned venture, Safewave Technology currently operates under the overarching mission to give individuals who are deaf the opportunity to protect their loved ones, families and their homes through a vibration-based wristband that links to mainstream security systems and fire alarms. Its all-out efforts sprouted from a seedling of an idea by Trevon Bruch, whose experience with fire alarms lit a light bulb in his head.

Woken from sleep by a faulty fire alarm, Trevon checked his surroundings, only to realize there was no threat. Nonetheless, it made him wonder, “What if I did not hear the alarm and something was seriously wrong?” he thought. Armed with this question in mind, he discussed the idea with Jared Gabbard, a fellow go-getter who would eventually emerge as the co-founder of Safewave Technology, and asked him to search for devices that help alert deaf individuals and those hard of hearing when there’s an emergency. With surprise, Jared found a gap in the market.

A couple of years down the road, Trevon and Jared now stand at the helm of Safewave Technology Corporation, boasting a patent-pending wristband that aims to serve a community often overlooked. 

“At Safewave, we are not looking to reinvent the wheel,” shared the team behind the purpose-driven venture. “Instead, we are pushing to add improvements to the home security industry and cater to the 466 million individuals that our competitors overlooked.”

Small it may be, but the Safewave band promises significant utility. It is equipped with technology that monitors smart security system warnings and communicates the notification to the smart wristband. “This small feature has a big impact and satisfies the need for safety of a population that was previously overlooked,” the company added.

Apart from a band that can receive all smart notifications, such as security alerts, alarms, text messages, and calls, the veteran-owned enterprise also offers an app designed for simplicity. User-friendly, the application connects to the Safewave band and maximizes its potential to ensure safety and reliability.

Right now, Safewave Technology is raising a $750,000 round to launch the band by January 2023. In the past five months, its highly dedicated team has already raised $60,000 due to the massive appeal of the band. Given the value it promises to deliver, it would not be a surprise if it hits the market much sooner.

Revolutionary Crypto App Stibits Aims to Gain Support from Enthusiasts Through Its Secured and Safe Technology

Across the decentralized ecosystem, people have been clamoring for a system that provides security — in a time where cybercrime claims billions of dollars a year, protecting people’s assets is a high priority. That’s where Stibits, a crypto app that offers a unique platform, comes in. 

Stibits is a revolutionary application and crypto platform that can add identity to the blockchain. Through it, people gain access to a solution that would allow large banks, businesses, and e-commerce platforms of all shapes and sizes to work around each of the common hindrances of centralized systems and speedily implement blockchain networks. Moreover, with the app, users remain entirely in control of their privacy and data. They can send and receive cryptocurrencies and blockchain-based assets by providing basic information without the fear of being hacked. 

This modern-day Crypto App has various functions that can cater to every enthusiast’s needs throughout its ecosystem. The Stibits Wallet, for one, has a simple and easy user interface. Its goal is to create a complete ecosystem to use cryptos as intended in the first place. Using this wallet can help crypto users manage all their assets in one secured location. While only 3.9% of people have interacted with cryptos and 0.05% use it to purchase stuff from the internet, the app’s primary goal is to democratize cryptos for everyone, allowing them to send and pay or request. Essentially, Stibits was designed with simple users in mind, using banking apps with a clean and easy-to-use interface.

Users who opt to have Stibits Premium would have access to privileges such as no fees for transactions, faster transaction approval, zero-confirmation protection, and instant transactions. Using Stibits gives one the security needed in transacting online and the avenue to socialize and have fun simultaneously. 

Many potential enthusiasts and holders veer away from getting into cryptocurrencies and Blockchain-based applications simply because they are intimidated or overwhelmed by the seemingly complex world of this modern technology. Stibits has a way to confront that, and the designers made sure that it is part of their key features. 

This wrong perception of the Blockchain technology and crypto industry motivated Stibits to provide an entirely new and revolutionary platform that allows cryptocurrency transfer with so much ease and without requiring any previous knowledge or understanding of the technology. Furthermore, Stibits’ algorithm and the platform allow for smooth and secure transactions by personifying Blockchain technologies intended and optimal use. By doing so, Stibits has effectively eliminated the necessity for centralized banking intermediaries and ensured obstruction-free peer-to-peer transactions.

Using Stibits, the security risks attached to all other coins and platforms no longer exist because user data is securely coded. This crypto app can increase the public’s trust in engaging with transactions on the blockchain. 

Stibits has practically removed the problem of lengthy addresses that are easily forgotten and simultaneously made sending and receiving money easy, simple, and secure for all. With all these features, Stibits is considered one of the leaders in the industry of financial service technology within the blockchain sector.