Alex Liao Vilhena

San Francisco, California

I was born in Rio de Janeiro, but had the opportunity to live large portions of my life in both the United States and Brazil.

After graduating from USC in Los Angeles, I moved back to Brazil where I pursued my MBA at PUC-RJ.

The experiences in different countries made me social and extremely adaptable to new environments. I believe it also fed a desire for new adventures found through travel and sports in the ocean.

I’ve always been quirky and loved creating things! I found an outlet for my creative energies through literature, photography and film.

I initially began my professional career in the film industry hoping to contribute with my hustle and ideas. However, since I was always drawn to aspects of technology and innovation in the film industry, I actually found a better fit in Rio de Janeiro’s burgeoning startup scene.

Most recently I moved to San Francisco in search of more stimulating professional opportunities in the tech industry. I also cofounded The Focal Point, a Non-Profit Organization focused on the empowerment of at-risk youths through photography workshops. Check us out at!

I'm a die-hard surfer, a bluebelt in JiuJitsu, and crazy about dogs. I’m also passionate about helping others, connecting people, and love to pay for things with as many coins as possible!

Feel free to reach out for help and tips in the Brazilian tech industry.

  • Work
    • The Focal Point
  • Education
    • USC
    • PUC-RJ