Sao Paulo, Rio, and beyond...
By mrbill on Feb 20, 2009
The Emerging Markets PS team spent the past week in Brazil. A whirlwind tour of the key accounts and key opportunities in Sao Paulo and Rio. One week is definitely not enough time to spend in Brazil when you are in the office 12 hrs a day and hopping flights within the country to get from office to office.
Sao Paulo is the biggest little city I have ever seen. For a city of ~18M people, it feels like you are in a small neighborhood most of the time. There are no real "skyscraper" districts that make you feel closed in (like in New York), and no frantic hustle and bustle like Beijing or Los Angeles. The people are friendly, the account teams are eager and lively, and the work is exciting. What a cool town.
We also spent about 23 hours in Rio. Yeah. Rio definitely can not be consumed in less than one day. The atmosphere of the local office was upbeat, and the opportunities were exciting with lots of momentum. The city is amazing. The scenery (mostly from a cab) is gorgeous, with the mountains and hills, the ocean and bay, and 1930's and 1940's Spanish/Portuguese architecture. The view from the hotel at 5:30 AM as we were heading back to the airport was breathtaking, with the early morning water traffic and beach in the foreground and the hills and cityscape in the background.
Off to Mexico City Sunday. They have alot to live up to if they want to compare favorably with my Brazil experience. Down side is that Carnivale starts this weekend, and I will miss most of it flying out Sunday. I'll upload some pics when I get a chance to shuffle them off of my Fuze.