Demystifying Unicorns – What it takes to become one while shaping the future

Each Unicorn company has its own success story, however there are lessons we can all learn from them and put into practice in our own businesses. Get to know their incredible success stories and hear firsthand testimonials from the ones that have revolutionized business models worldwide and lived to tell the tale – in an Acceleration Panel moderated by Sophie Devonshire, CEO at The Caffeine Partnership and author of the bestselling book “Superfast- How to Lead at Speed”, which shares inspiration and insights from over 100 number of diverse global business leaders.


About The Speakers


Rodrigo is co-founder and Head of Insights at OutSystems. Since co-founding the company in 2001, he had a strong participation in the design and vision of the product, in particular its architecture and visual language, always focused on innovative and pragmatic ways to help increase the speed of delivery of enterprise applications. Right now he is responsible for one of OutSystems’ data science teams, bringing insights on product usage and adoption, to help OutSystems deliver an even better product experience to our customers.
Other roles at OutSystems included Head of Product Design and Principal Software Engineer. Before co-founding OutSystems in 2001, he was a Software Engineer at Altitude Software and Intervento.


Marco Costa has over 18 years of experience in the software industry including SaaS and Cloud, 10 of which as a Senior Executive Manager and Board Member. He is passionate to build and scale-up product and engineering teams and to develop and mentor leaders. Has a strong international experience leading business expansion Western Europe, Brazil, Dubai and Singapore.
He joined TIMWE and Critical Software before joining Talkdesk, a company specializing in developing software solutions for cloud-based call centers. Now, he is the General Manager EMEA at Talkdesk – currently responsible for leading Talkdesk operations in Europe including the Engineering Center and Sales and Business Expansion in EMEA.
Marco holds a 5 years degree in Computer Science, a Master’s in Computer Science (Big Data) from the University of Coimbra and a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD. He combines a strong technological background with people management, leadership, strategy, product and business development experience in global environments.
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