Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, I’ve always heard business being discussed at the table. It felt only natural to start my own! In 2006, I got the chance to join TIMWE, a startup selling mobile entertainment content. My business school friends thought I was crazy; why join a small company nobody had ever heard of? Tech startups were not cool yet, but I saw the potential.
After TIMWE, I wanted to meet more tech people in Portugal, but there was no platform to make this happen. That’s why I helped start Beta-i. We organized meetups, mentoring programs and pitch competitions. It was also the first project Vasco and I worked on together, and it made us want to work on something even bigger. Unbabel emerged two years later. Vasco and João, two of my four co-founders, have studied languages. We wondered why language barriers haven’t been eliminated yet. We thought the connection between technology and translators was broken and that we could mend it by combining Artificial Intelligence and translators who work on smartphones.
During these ten years of building companies, I’ve kept a motto: ‘Keep calm and try again.’ Every time I experiment, I learn – whether I win or lose in the end. That’s what motivates me the most.