Challenged by Vasco Pedro from Unbabel, we met up with Francisco Veloso for a chat about Universities and their roles considering the Portuguese startup ecosystem. We also sailed across other waters concerning the value of university graduation and how to teach how to be an entrepreneur at Uni. Francisco, tell us who you are and […]

Olaf Veerman

We asked Leo Xavier to point us in the direction of someone he thought was doing good. He immediately named Olaf Veerman – a Dutch entrepreneur who is in love with Lisbon (or in Lisbon, to be more precise). Olaf is helping NGOs solve hard technical problems in their operations, so that they can tackle […]


He is a man with one big hairy audacious goal who has been sailing through the tough seas of bootstrapping. Gonçalo Fortes, co-founder of Prodsmart, was initially caught by the startup hype built around investments, competitions and awards but quickly realised the need to escape the vanity metrics and go for the real deal. In […]

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Rui Pedro Alves, is the man behind RUPEAL and InvoiceXpress. Nominated by Leo Xavier, Rui has his own vision on the Portuguese Startup hype and thinks that people and culture are the most important thing when building a company. We joined him at RUPEAL’s HQ to bring him aboard the Ship and share his adventurous […]


Leo Xavier shared with us his interesting journey from its humble beginning at MegaBenfica to the rise of Quodis – and beyond. To continue our journey through the seas of the Portuguese tech startup scene, Leo pointed us in the direction of 4 outstanding people: Rui Alves – CEO – RUPEAL/InvoiceXpress/TalentFalco According to Rui’s LinkedIn profile, his mission is […]

Leo Xavier

To tell the story of Leo Xavier is to tell the story of web development technologies. From HTML to HTML5, from FTP to Git Control Version, from bad GIFs to good GIFs, from WAP to responsive websites and native mobile apps, from proprietary development tools to Free Open Source ones, from Adobe Flash to javascript […]


João Romão was definitely a brave sailor aboard the Ship and it was a privilege for the crew to publish his story. Therefore, we couldn’t be more excited to be heading into deep waters and follow the coordinates given to us by João Romão, CEO at GetSocial. For a future pier-to-pier interview, João Romão has […]