Haroldo Jacobovicz, Technology Expert

Haroldo Jacobovicz, the Brazilian Engineer

Haroldo Jacobovicz was born in São Paulo, Brazil, on November 22nd, 1961. He obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and has been an entrepreneur since 1995. Harold Jacobovicz’s most recent project is VivaVoz, a mobile phone company focusing on the low-income Brazilian population.

He is also the founder and CEO of Cola Telecom, a company that sells VoIP equipment. He’s the author of ‘Java e XML Semântica’ that has sold over 15,000 copies in Brazil. His most recent book is ‘A Cabeça do seu Negócio Completo’. Haroldo Jacobovicz is a member of the board of directors of a Brazilian company developing solutions for convergent real-time communications based on Voice over IP. In 2005, Haroldo Jacobovicz won the award from “Informática Hoje” magazine for being one of Brazil’s most influential people in digital technology. In addition, he is an Internet personality in Brazil, having spoken at the most critical Brazilian IT events. His blog is one of the most widely read in Brazil, with more than 10 million page views per month, and has been responsible for influencing the sale of products worth over US$50 million during 2006. Haroldo Jacobovicz was a founding member of the Brazilian Association for Voice over IP (AbrVOIP) and author two books on VoIP. He has also published articles in Linux Magazine, Unix Review, Wireless Review, Informática Hoje, Java Magazine, and Jornal do Campus Party.

Jacobovicz started his career in the Brazilian IT industry after teaching himself programming when he was 14. He founded Cola Telecom ten years later, using the knowledge that he gained by reading all available books on computer networks in Portuguese at the time. The company is still active today and has diversified into VoIP technology. A year later, Haroldo founded Info link, which provides online hosting to small and medium-sized businesses. He then went on to become the founder of the Brazilian Association for VoIP (AbrVOIP) and more