Tiago Mattos

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Tiago Mattos
Tiago Mattos
Born(1979-10-10)October 10, 1979
Porto Alegre, Brazil
OccupationFuturist, author, entrepreneur, educator
Known forPerestroika, Aeroli.to and VLEF (GADI)
AwardsMultiple recognitions

Tiago Mattos (October 10, 1979, Porto Alegre,) is a Brazilian futurist,[1] entrepreneur,[2][3] educator,[4][5][6] author and speaker.

Mattos is considered an important name among the new generation of Futurism thinkers. In 2017, he became part of Singularity University's faculty team. He is also a guest speaker at the Transdisciplinary Innovation Program (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). In this project, participants can interact and learn from technology experts, including fourteen Nobel Prize winners.

Mattos has helped co-found projects including innovation schools, learning consultancies, technology labs, big data centers, peer-to-peer learning platforms, and positive impact accelerators.

He is the co-founder of Perestroika, a school of creative activities which is highly respected by its own way to shape disruptive learning experiences.

Mattos currently leads Aerolito, a company that explores future scenarios through an original methodology and has already created small experimental projects on virtual reality, internet of things, robotics and artificial intelligence. His main role is to envision post-emergent future possibilities, specially about the future of work and the future of education/learning – which are shared on his books and classes.


Mattos is one of the most important futurists in Brazil.[7] He collaborates with Singularity University and with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Trans-disciplinary Innovation Program), being in charge of Futurism classes. His talks/lectures about the future have been watched by international audiences in South America, Central America, North America, Europe, Mid-East and Oceania.

His futurism ideas started to get recognition in 2012, when he was selected, among 80 globally participants, for the GSP12 at the Singularity University,[8] where he graduated as a futurist. This project, a partnership between NASA and Google,[9] takes place at the NASA Research Park in Mountain View, California. The selection criteria in order to be eligible for the Singularity GSP was having (at that time), from the school’s point of view, the ability to impact one billion people in ten years' time. After being chosen the class speaker,[10] his career achievements were mentioned by Forbes.

In 2014, he spent a few days at MIT studying with Professor Thomas W. Malone, author of The Future of Work.

In 2015, Mattos was selected[11] to attend another international project: the first edition of TIP (Trans-disciplinary Innovation Program), a futurism program held by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among its teachers and speakers, TIP gathered worldwide experts. It allowed participants to interact with fourteen Nobel Laureates and one Fields Medal Winner.

After TIP, he spent some time in Palo Alto studying Foresight Techniques at The Institute for the Future.

Since 2013, Mattos has invested his energy in creating new theories about the future of work and future of education/learning.

In 2018, he became a Época Negócios columnist. In his articles, he brings reflections about Futurism, Innovation and the future of work.

Early years[edit]

Mattos graduated in Communications at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. In 2001, he was granted a scholarship at the Miami Ad School,[12][13] in the United States.

In 2005, he was elected for the Young Lions[14] and took part, along with fifteen other professionals, in the delegation of young advertisers that participated in the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

In 2006, he was named the ARP Copywriter of the Year.

In the following year, he co-founded Perestroika, a school for creative activities. The company, which was initially focused on communication courses, expanded its activities to include several areas, such as innovation, technology, design, entrepreneurship, among others. It also created its own methodology, that is now open source.

Between 2012 and 2014, it started initiatives in five other cities in Brazil, as well as its first international project, in San Francisco, California. In 2015, the school launched Neotribes, its second international venture. In 2016, Neotribes was held in Germany.


As a serial entrepreneur, Mattos has been part of teams that have founded several projects. He is still a partner of some of them, like Perestroika.[15] He was also present in the beginning of initiatives in which he no longer takes part such as Area51 (an entrepreneurial ecosystem). Others initiatives no longer exist, such as Pipa (a business accelerator with high positive impact and low environmental impact).


In 2010, Mattos was the opening speaker of TEDx Porto Alegre.[16] He has since been invited to speak on several topics at conferences[17] and Fortune 500 corporate events.

His presentation on exponential technologies (a "Blindfolded ignite", a lecture he gave while blindfolded, defending hug as a technology), generated media repercussion.[18][19]


His first book, VLEF ("Vai lá e faz", or "Go Do It"), is an entrepreneurship manifesto and brings reflections about how to create a company in the 21st Century. It was 100% made independently and in a decentralised mindset. The project was backed by a crowdfunding website and held a record in Catarse, the biggest crowdfunding platform in Brazil, for some months.[20]

In 2014, Perestroika was among the projects selected to be in the book Empreendedorismo Criativo (Creative Entrepreneurship), which gathered nine Brazilian companies that belong to the New Economics.[21]


His initiatives have been mentioned by international media, such as Forbes and Fast Company.[22] In Brazil, Mattos appeared on the cover[23] of PEGN (Pequenas Empresas Grandes Negócios), UOL TAB and Você S/A Sul.[24] He was also interviewed by ISTOE's red pages.[25]

External links[edit]

  • Faculty at Singularity University [1]
  • Book on Amazon [2]
  • Book on Google Books [3]
  • Istoé’s Red Pages Interview [4]


  1. ^ https://www.forbes.com/sites/singularity/2012/08/23/singularity-u-launches-2012-class-bring-on-the-future/2/
  2. ^ http://www.fastcoexist.com/3036475/this-brazilian-school-will-teach-you-how-to-be-more-creative
  3. ^ http://www.fastcompany.com/3000198/look-inside-pipa-brazil’s-first-start-incubator
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXJorF6EDvM
  5. ^ https://medium.com/@aleixooo/ethics-narratives-and-education-6561e93bafb5
  6. ^ http://porvir.org/en/porpensar/higher-ed-revolution-knocks-door/20130610
  7. ^ http://tab.uol.com.br/futurismo
  8. ^ http://www.fastcoexist.com/3036475/this-brazilian-school-will-teach-you-how-to-be-more-creative
  9. ^ http://www.fastcompany.com/3000198/look-inside-pipa-brazil’s-first-start-incubator
  10. ^ http://singularityhub.com/2012/08/23/singularity-u-launches-2012-class-bring-on-the-future/
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXJorF6EDvM
  12. ^ http://ideamensch.com/tiago-mattos/
  13. ^ http://www.noteworthybusiness.com/perestroika-brazils-school-of-creativity/
  14. ^ http://adsoftheworld.com/creative/tiago_mattos
  15. ^ http://www.antoinetavaglione.com/PERESTROIKA-SCHOOL-SAO-PAULO
  16. ^ http://tedxportoalegre.com.br/2010/palestrantes/
  17. ^ http://forumdaliberdade.com.br/en/25th/
  18. ^ http://blogs.estadao.com.br/ponto-edu/grandes-desafios-do-mundo-e-pauta-na-singularity/
  19. ^ http://porvir.org/porpessoas/o-abraco-e-uma-forma-de-tecnologia/20120727
  20. ^ http://blog.catarse.me/6-dicas-do-recordista-da-arrecadacao-mais-rapida-do-catarse/
  21. ^ http://revistatrip.uol.com.br/revista/235/salada/os-sem-gravata.html
  22. ^ http://www.fastcoexist.com/3036475/this-brazilian-school-will-teach-you-how-to-be-more-creative
  23. ^ http://loja.abril.com.br/arquivos/ids/160105_10/VOCE-181-SUL-500207.jpg
  24. ^ http://exame.abril.com.br/revista-voce-sa/edicoes/181/noticias/a-nova-geracao-de-executivos-do-sul
  25. ^ https://istoe.com.br/inteligencia-artificial-nos-torna-mais-humanos/