Rapid Fire Questions With UP Community Leader Thiago Diniz

Thiago Diniz is from Serra Talhada, a country town, in northeast of Brazil.

“I moved to Recife for college and before finishing I started my first business. As many entrepreneurs, I failed at my first attempt, mainly because of lack of experience and terrible community support. I decided to help to build a better environment for young entrepreneurs. I started hosting meetups for developers and entrepreneurs, then co-organized the first Startup Weekend in Recife and biggest conference called tropicalruby.com.”

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Diniz is an entrepreneur and developer particularly interested in early-stage startups and entrepreneurship. In 2009, he co-founded Code Media while still in college and ran it for almost three years. In 2011 he founded Eventick – an event management platform in Brazil where event owners can sell their tickets within minutes and attendees can use their mobile tickets to check-in on the events. Currently, Diniz is the Web Product Manager at PSafe Technologies.

UP Global Involvement: Organized and brought the first Startup Weekend to Recife in 2011, and has organized 3 others since then; Facilitated his first Startup Weekend in 2012 in Brazilia and has Facilitated over a dozen Startup Weekend’s in total.

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Three words that define your community?
Resilient, Pioneer, Manguebeat 

Most interesting person you follow on twitter?
Elon Musk

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Whats the last thing you searched for on Google?

Goodwill

Favorite Mobile App?
Duolingo

What TV show should everyone be watching?
Mad Men

What is the one food you cannot resist?
Shrimp – all kinds

What music are you currently listing too?
Sugar Minott – Dub music, ya man!

 

Who would you say was an important influencer or mentor in your journey as a Community Leader?
Leo Zeba – Great mind, crazy guy

What is your favorite Startup Weekend or summit moment?
Hanging out at sky bar during Malaysia GEC

What is UP Global good at?
Giving people meaning to work and hope

How can we at UP Global improve in helping you and your community?
Telling more stories about communities

Local Government: Friend or Foe?
Foe – Dilma is not helping at all

What drives you absolutely crazy?
When I hear someone say they are going to be millionaire on the first day of Startup Weekend

Pick one: kittens or puppies?
Puppies

Whiteboard or Post It?
Post it – all sizes, do you guys still have that A4 ones?

First celebrity pick for your Startup Weekend team?
Ashton Kutcher

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And finally, tell us a secret!
I did’t organize two events before becoming an facilitator! =P








Rapid Fire Questions With UP Community Leader Martín Vivas

Martín Vivas is a design-thinking professional from Argentina. With over 15  years experience in the tech industry as a learning eXperience designer, Martin has built acceleration and training programs, as well as experiences (hackathons and innovation challenges) throughout Latin America. His experience includes the support of many UP Global programs:

Martin’s resume includes:

  • Founder of Makers.la – a learning in-demand program for tech skills from the best companies in Latin America (certificated by us and Universidad de Palermo)
  • Creator of Founders Latam, strategy consultancy, innovation funds, on-demand programs, experiences and trainings for brands.
  • Acceleration Leader at Desarrollando America Latina. (social startups)
  • Co-founder at Cybercafe – discussion group focused in Internet Public Policy and Government Affairs. Based in The Chatham House Rule.
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Three words that define your community?
The pure power

Most interesting person you follow on twitter?
Fred Wilson or Mark Suster (they are very sharp)

What’s the last thing you searched for on Google?
Learning eXperience Design

Favorite Mobile App?
Twitter – a classic. But Slack is an awesome way to stay connected.

What TV show should everyone be watching?
Being from Argentina… now a days House of Cards is nearly our reality…hahahaha.

What is the one food you cannot resist?
Asado!! Here in Argentina we have fantastic meat (it’s like a spa for cows) and friends, red wine and barbecue (argentine style) do not fail!

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What music are you currently listing too?
Depeche ModeThe CurePeter Gabriel

Who would you say was an important influencer or mentor in your journey as a Comm. Leader?
When I started on community building in Palermo Valley (7 years ago), we had no reference or example to follow. But as we started to create a place for entrepreneurs in Argentina, people like Adam Stelle and Danielle Reyes from UP Global came along to help. Also, my own team in other places, like Anita Massacane (from Barcamp) or Sebas Nader (from entrepreneurship summit) were people whom I learned a lot and a great help and support.

What is your favorite Startup Weekend or summit moment?
On Saturday night of Startup Week, you see the faces, and you understand everything about startups, it’s a magical, mysterious moment.

What is UP Global good at?
Creating a space for entrepreneurs and their experiences.

How can we at UP Global improve in helping you and your community?
Support! Nowadays, Argentina has an unusual experience ecosystem. We have lots of talented people, and professionals with remarkable know-how, but our volatile  economic landscape scares sponsors, and brands away… we don’t need money, we need support and people who believe in us.

Local Government: Friend or Foe?
Both, on several levels (the true Latin American way!)

First celebrity pick for your Startup Weekend team?
Reid Hoffman, founder of Linkedin, because he would work hard, and believe in the project even if it wasn’t sexy (just like Linkedin, haha). To be an entrepreneur and visionary, you need be wrong most of the time, until the environment changes and then… you’re right.

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What drives you absolutely crazy?
For Bad – Ineptness
For Good – Seeing the passion of ideas at work

Pick one: kittens or puppies?
Puppies.

Whiteboard or Post It?
Whiteboard!! 100%

And finally, tell us a secret!
I am very shy. (but that never stopped me)