Rodrigo Gruner: Vivo

Rodrigo Gruner is director of innovation and new business at Vivo, the Brazilian subsidiary of telecoms company Telefónica, which earlier this year launched its own CVC unit, Vivo Ventures.

On this episode of GVR, Gruner speaks about where Vivo Ventures fits within Telefónica’s venturing ecosystem alongside other units like Wayra and Telefónica Ventures, and how its investment focus across areas like finance, healthcare, entertainment and education bring value to its core telco platform, even if the CVC itself leaves aside the “pure” telco plays.

He also talks about a host of other topics such as Vivo Ventures’ first-ever investment in open finance platform Klavi, the regional features in Latin America – such as an under-penetration of financial products like credit cards – that are driving growth in the CVC’s focus areas, as well as how Latin American corporates are advancing in their innovation journeys.

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