X8 INVESTIMENTOS

OUR TEAM

 

Meet our team and partners

X8 TEAM EXPERIENCE

+ 20 years of market experience and more than 70% of the team working together for 10 years

MIDDLE MARKET

First movers on Middle market investments in Brazil

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Strong relationship with entrepreneurship ecosystem

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A TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS

CARLOS MIRANDA

General Partner, CEO

Carlos Alberto Miranda has a Masters in Business Administration from IBMEC -RJ – where his dissertation was “Competencies of the entrepreneur in a developing organization” -, he also has an MBA in Finance from IBMEC RJ and a degree in Architecture and Urbanism.

Participated in the Kellog Executive Management and Strategy program “Business School of Management” at Northwestern University, Chicago – USA.

During 21 years he worked at Ernst & Young (EY), always in the areas of Corporate Finance and Management and Strategy Consulting. He was a partner of the company, in the Transaction Advisory Services area, from 1998 to 2010, having been Managing Partner of this area for Brazil for 4 years and member of the Advisory Board in South America from 2007 to 2010.

From 2006 to 2010 he was also responsible for the Strategic Growth Markets area in South America, which aimed to assist fast-growing organizations in their transformation towards market leadership. In addition to leading the teams responsible for Management Advisory, M&A, IPO’s and Private Equity funds, he implemented the Entrepreneurship programs in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Colombia and coordinated them between 2006 and 2010. During these years he assisted companies in different segments (public and private) in its growth strategies, having participated in more than a hundred processes of business viability, mergers and acquisitions, strategic consulting, IPO, business valuation, and business integration.

He was a founding partner of BR Opportunities, today X8 Investimentos. Carlos leads the Management team in investment analysis and decisions and also actively participates in the invested companies as an advisor, contributing his knowledge from previous experiences and networking.

Carlos was honored by HSM as one of the 100 Leaders who are changing business in Brazil and, in addition, has the following activities:

• Monitoring Committee of the ABVCAP-ANBIMA Code of Regulation and Best Practices for FIP’s
• ABVCAP Entrepreneurship and Seed Capital Committee
• Endeavor Mentor
• Advisory Board – Anjos do Brasil
• Columnist at PEGN and Portal Endeavor

In addition to authoring several papers, articles and lectures on strategy, “Corporate Finance” and entrepreneurship, he is co-author of the book “Empresas Familiares Brasileiras” organized by Prof. Ives Gandra Martins and columnist for Pequenas Empresas Grandes Negócios Magazine and Portal Endeavor.

 

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Our CEO has the most names here. Some call him Miranda, others Carlos and he even has Mi, Carlinhos and “Seu” Carlinhos.

From a Portuguese family, Carlos became a wine lover, has a wonderful wine cellar and always calls us to have a few glasses at his house. Because as he says, good times need to be shared.

He is always reinventing himself, an example is his academic training: he has already studied Physics, Architecture, MBA in Finance and Master in Administration.

He knows how to do everything in the kitchen, but his favorites are classic Italian cuisine: Risotto, Breads, Parmegiana and Panna Cotta (always accompanied by wine, of course).

Carlos also has a passion for running! He has already done the marathon in Paris, New York, Chicago, next scheduled is the Berlin marathon and loves adventure races like the “Volta à Ilha” in Florianópolis. Your goal is to complete all six Majors marathons.

With three children, Carol, Marcello and Lucas, Carlos is one of those big dads who doesn't find much. Careful and concerned, he cares for us all as his family too.

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He is that exceptional entrepreneur that we talk about here! He is idealizer, dreamer and always makes us believe that we can go further!

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EDUARDO GRYTZ

General Partner, COO

Eduardo Grytz has a degree in Mechanical Production Engineering from the University of São Paulo, where he graduated with an Honorable Mention. Eduardo also holds a Law degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of São Paulo, and is a CFA Charterholder from the CFA Institute (Charlottesville, Virginia, United States).

Eduardo has 21 years of experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital, having participated in investment processes in more than 30 companies in the stages of Seed Capital and Middle Market in Brazil.

He started his career at BancBoston, in its Trainee program. Acting in Mergers and Acquisitions, he has worked in operations in the Food, Financial, and Real Estate sectors, among others. He was indicated to participate in the Advanced Corporate Finance program, led by Prof. Robert Bruner, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Dean Emeritus at the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia).

Later, he joined the team at BancBoston Capital in Brazil, the bank’s global Private Equity and Venture Capital division, with approximately US$ 4 billion in investments in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Participated in the group’s investments in 13 companies, including Telefutura (became part of Tivit, with subsequent IPO at BOVESPA), Microservice, Diagnostics of America (DASA), Cimcorp, and Hypernet (sold to the Spanish group Soluziona / Union Fenoza).

As an entrepreneur, Eduardo founded Performa Investimentos, where he worked directly in the setting up and execution of its two funds, which totaled R$ 202 million in assets under management and 15 investee companies. Some of the prominent companies in the funds are Tecverde, Intelipost, Boa Consulta, Bem.Care, Pro Radis, Mandaê and Ledstar, among others. Performa also made an investment in ACE, the largest project accelerator in Latin America.

Eduardo has participated in the Venture Capital and Private Equity ecosystems in Brazil and abroad for many years, with an emphasis on Impact Investments. He was a Board Member of ABVCAP in the 2013/2014 management, and currently participates in the Impact Working Group of ABVCAP and ANDE. Eduardo participated in the 1st SDG Global Forum of the UN Global Compact in Brazil, and in the Low Carbon Business Action program in Brazil, by the European Union. Eduardo is Board Member of the Barn investment fund, Board Member of accelerators ACE and Merkaz, and Board Member of the startup REEX. He was also a member of the Council of the AWC group (Instituto TIM).

In his community work, Eduardo was Treasurer of Associação Brasileira A Hebraica de São Paulo and member of its Standing Committee on Administration and Finance, in addition to serving as Volunteer Director of the Alef Peretz School in São Paulo.

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Edu, as we like to call him here, is our COO.

He is married to Vera, has two children, Isabela and André, who sometimes make him forget about his duties.

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He is very fond of adventure sports and traveling, and on one of them ended up being enchanted by Patagonia, where he decided to build a refuge! Yes, it is for friends too...

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In addition to traveling, Edu is very fond of reading, photography, cycling, and doing yoga! Except that sometimes the excess of candy can take him a little off the axis, and we lose it from time to time in our meetings... ah! And we can't help saying that he is addicted to gadgets.

Edu has a passion for entrepreneurship and finance, and when he met the X8 team was love at first sight!

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TAIZA ROSO

Operating Partner

Taiza Roso has a degree in Business Administration from Insper, where she graduated with an Honorable Mention. Taiza had part of her studies at Università Luigi Bocconi, in Milan, Italy, with a specialization in Private Equity and Venture Capital. Additionally, she has a postgraduate degree in Strategic Management from FIA and specialization in Mergers, Acquisitions and Due Diligence from FGV Direito SP.

Taiza started her career as an intern at AMBEV, where she was responsible for developing a solution for one of the distribution center’s salesforce by using the PDCA tool and statistical analysis. During this experience, Taiza earned the Green Belt Six Sigma certificate.

In 2012, she joined BR Opportunities, a private equity firm, as an investment analyst, participating not only in the analysis of more than 250 companies but also in the investment process of more than 10 companies. As an associate, she joined one of the firm’s investees, Mãe Terra, where she acted as Head of Finance for more than 5 years. Her main responsibilities were to reorganize the company’s business units, implement the auditing process, balance the company’s capital structure, analyze new and M&A projects. Taiza actively participated in the investment process of Mãe Terra and was responsible, 4 years later, for the exit process of the investee to Unilever Brasil, coordinating the whole M&A process and responsible for the post-acquisition integration between Mãe Terra and Unilever.

After the completion of the integration, Taiza became the Financial Manager for the whole Food business unit at Unilever, where she worked for one year. Participating in all steps of the investment cycle and with more than 10 years of experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital, Taiza is currently responsible for the entire investment process and value creation at X8 Investimentos.

Taiza is a member of the Venture Capital and Private Equity ecosystem in Brazil, participating in the 2030 Committee of ABVCAP. Additionally, she is associated with Insper Angels and she is mentor for entrepreneurs at Insper Entrepreneurship Center (CEMP).

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Tá, as we like to call her, is our Operating Partner.

Born in the countryside of São Paulo, she is married and has been living in São Paulo city for more than 12 years.

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She is one of those who has many hobbies. She likes to bake cakes, loves traveling and has visited almost 50 countries (she even had a travel blog, believe me?).

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As the list doesn't stop there, she loves having coffee, chatting and sometimes likes to play influencer on Instagram. She even took circus classes!

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Tá couldn't be different and has been with us since 2011.

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VANESSA VALINOTO

Associate

Vanessa has a degree in Business Administration from Insper for 3 years and has a previous experience of internship supervised by the faculty at BM & Fbovespa in 2016, developing with her team a solution aimed at assisting investors in peak trading days.

She was a Jr. Consultant for Insper Jr. Consulting, where she developed with her team a Strategic Marketing Plan and Financial Plan for a non-profit organization.

Vanessa interned in Corporate Banking at Commerbank Banco Múltiplo S.A. in the commercial area in 2017, being responsible for advising the assistant and four relationship managers. She became effective as a Graduate Trainee, where she spent 6 months as a Commercial Analyst and 6 months as a Trade Finance & Cash Management Analyst at the bank in 2018.

Vanessa joined the X8 Investimentos team in 2019.

 

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Van, as we like to call her around here, is our Associate.

Also from the interior of SP, she is the youngest of the team and has lived in São Paulo for almost 8 years.

She, like the whole team, is one of those who really likes a chat, it is no wonder that coffee after lunch is sacred to the X8 team.

Vanessa is one of those who really likes to go out with friends, but she also likes a lot of tranquility and peace, dedicating herself weekly to the practice of yoga. She is addicted to breakfast, trying out new restaurants, doing new sports, staying with her family, going to the beach and traveling.

She has been with us since last year, increasingly in love with the X8 entrepreneurial streak!

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VENTURE PARTNERS & SPECIALISTS

DANIEL KANG

Venture Partner

Daniel Kang, 10 years at BR Opportunities, is responsible for the analysis of investments in IT and Retail. Conducted economic-financial analyzes for software, hardware, information technology, retail and healthcare companies. Daniel actively participated in the investment process, value creation and divestment of the restaurant chain Maremonti and NB Steak.

Previously, he had experience in M&A and Venture Capital at the investment bank of the Asian group Mirae Asset. Participated in an M&A process of one of the largest ice cream companies in Asia to acquire a medium-sized company in Brazil. Participated in the creation of a Venture Capital fund focused on infrastructure and mining in Minas Gerais. Participated in the acquisition process of real estate developments on Paulista Avenue and Faria Lima Avenue.
Bachelor of Business Administration from INSPER and Bachelor of Law from USP.

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Dani, as we call him here, is our Venture Partner.

It is the first generation of the Korean family here in Brazil and has 3 more siblings. He loves football and has played several championships in South Korea. He has a son, Andrew, aged 4 and has just won a new member, Amy!

He joined us in 2011 and since then he has been undertaking with us!

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PATRÍCIA MOTTA

Venture Partner

Patrícia is graduated Production Engineer at FEI. She has 8 years of experience in the financial market, having worked for the global organizations Barclays Capital and J.P. Morgan.

She started her career in Projects, where she worked implementing the back-office system to process fixed income, deritivatives and foreign exchange products for Barclays. In this process, she fell in love with Agile Project Management and got her Agile PM®️ certification in London in 2013.

Later, in J.P. Morgan, she worked on the implementation of the Third Party Management Program for Latin America & Canada, and then on the Internal Controls and Governance area, covering same region.

She was a member of Diversity & Inclusion groups in the industry, where best practises were discussed and promoted among main companies of the Faria Lima circuit. She was a member of internal Gender Equality group (in J.P. Morgan) and promoted advancements such as the commitment to the UN Women Empowerment Principles.

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The time has come to talk about Patrícia Motta, our Compliance and Internal Controls Venture Partner, but who we like to call Pati, or Pati Motta.

Pati was born in Rio Grande do Sul, is a supporter of Grêmio soccer team, but considers São Paulo her home at heart. She likes to drink “chimarrão” on her balcony and loves swings, she has one right in the middle of her living room.

When Pati puts her mind on something, she follows through with maximum dedication, our runner has completed 2 marathons and several challenging mountain races like El Cruce in 2018. She loves to travel and uses the races as an excuse to visit new places. She loves meeting new people and is already in love with this team.

The newest member of the team, Pati has been with the X8 since the beginning of this year.

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MARCOS CARDOSO

Specialist

Marcos has more than 20 years of experience in management consulting and financial management. He has held Executive positions, was Financial Director at TRUETECH (Investee at Intel Capital); Director at E&Y Consulting (Corporate Finance Department); Financial Director at Triângulo Do Sol Auto-Estradas (SOMAGUE Group); Financial Director at Eletropaulo Telecom (Subsidiary of AES Eletropaulo); Controller at NEORIS (IT company, subsidiary of CEMEX); Leader of the consulting practice at HP Consulting; Investment controller at NEXTEL; Controller at WARNER HOME VIDEO; Manager at PRICE WATERHOUSE.

He graduated in Business Administration at FAAP and specialized in Capital Markets and Specialized in finance and controllership at FAAP.

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"Marcão", as we like to call him here, is a specialist who works with us, analyzing investments and, in some cases, going to take care of the investee's Financial Directorate. Marcão is a partner and founder of VISTA Consulting, a consultancy boutique focused on financial advice for medium-sized companies.

For him, family and friends are fundamental in life. He likes a good dinner, accompanied by wine and, of course, friends. Marcão has a reading habit and the current book is “The Social History of Jazz”, by Eric Hobsbawn.

Marcão takes advantage of his leisure hours with a good walk or cycling. In addition, he is a lover of classic cars.

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Get In Touch

Av. das Nações Unidas, 12399 | Conj. 137 B
Cidade Monções, São Paulo - SP
CEP: 04578-000
Tel: (11) 2339-2663
contato@x8invest.ventures