Education + Technology? After finishing the PhD in 2010 I received an invitation to join the large technology conglomerate Google. After almost 10 years dedicated to different businesses slightly apart from pure technology, it seemed to be a great way to reconnect to my professional origins as a software programmer. At the time, I decided to speak with different headhunters and careers experts that knew me well. Finally, I realized I had already converted myself into an academic researcher in the field of social sciences.
With an enormous passion for technology, a long experience working in the field of education and a recent PhD in Entrepreneurship, my “perfect” career path seemed to combine Education + Technology + Entrepreneurship. And that was precisely what I happily and publicly decided to embrace for the rest of my life. Not coincidently, soon after that decision I was invited to lead the blended learning team of the best distance MBA programs in the world, becoming the Director of Blended Learning at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, a global think tank.
It was there, from 2010 to 2013, that I had the chance to learn about technology applied to higher education with some of the best professionals in this field in the world, with constant exposure to the best practices in this emerging sector in markets such as the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and India. Also during this period I completed the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) at Penn State University, one of the most traditional programs for leadership development in Online Learning.
In 2012, I was invited to start a blog at the largest Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo about the future of education (“A Educaçao no Século 21”). Since 2014, and back to Brazil, I started a small company called Sóliph Educational Services, dedicated to push the Brazilian higher education market towards maturity in this area. I hope to have good news about that initiative soon. Check it out at: www.soliph.com (the company’s website will be fully functional only by mid October, 2015). In the beginning of 2015 I started the EdTech Committee at the Brazilian Association of Startups.