Re: [newtech-1] Is there an answer to this?

From: Ian
Sent on: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 2:34 PM

> First, one of my wife's best friends owns a hotel in Florianopolis. Great to hear there is a start-up culture there. We've been thinking about moving to another country and I would like to learn more about what you are seeing in that area as a developing tech marketplace. Are there opportunities for Americans there and how difficult is it to transition from the US to Brazil and get any kind of work visa or whatever you need.

Florianopolis is a growing hub for technology. As a result of the
rapid influx and development of private companies since the late
1990s, and its reputation as one of the most innovative cities in
Brazil it became known as the "Silicon Valley of Brazil" . It was
recently voted one of the Ten Most Dynamic Cities of the World by
Newsweek. There is a lot of capital (mainly US money) flowing in here
now from Fortify Ventures, Arpex Capital and others
Of course it is not the US. Bureaucracy is a nightmare, health care is
patchy and education (even private) is way down on European standards
but it is getting better, there is a great climate, beaches and well,
Brazilian people which make up for a lot of the problems. If you need
any help or advice about moving here mail me in pvt

> I know this gets into privacy, but CVS is starting to measure their employees fitness to reduce their health care costs. Employees who are deemed unfit get dinged $600 a year. I just saw this on CNN. It's a stretch, but you can certainly tie this to actual weight loss or overall blood work or something that is actually measurable. I would certainly check with the laws in that state in Brazil as well as the national laws around whether you can do that or not.

This was the original idea I pitched. A reduction in health insurance
premiums in return for proving improved health. Of course the health
insurance companies are looking at this idea with interest but in
Brazil around 80% of policies are with companies not individuals,
hence the B2B pivot

Thanks for the great ideas


Ian Lawrence
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