The Story of Haroldo Jacobovicz: From Engineer to Investor

Born in the city of Florianopolis in southern Brazil, Haroldo Jacobovicz was exposed to the world of technology very early in life. At the age of six, he became fascinated with the game Asteroids, and after reading an article in “Playboy” magazine about the game’s inventor, he set out to learn everything he could about the early form of computer technology.

From that moment, Haroldo began an obsession with technology, which would inspire him to a career in IT. After graduating from high school, Haroldo Jacobovicz went on to study civil engineering at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in his home state of Santa Catarina. His academic career at the University was, in a word, unconventional.

His Career as an Engineer and Entrepreneur

After graduating in civil engineering from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), in his hometown, Haroldo Jacobovicz started working for Google in 2007. He worked as a lead architect for Google Brasil, and later in e-Governe. Since October 2016, he also serves as an advisor to Horizons Datacenter.

In addition to his work for companies like Google, e-Governe and Google, Jacobovicz also works as an advisor to numerous government bodies such as the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management (MPB), State Innovation Fund (FIESP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Horizons Datacenter is a group of companies engaged in the IT services, IT infrastructure, and outsourcing.

The Impact of Horizons Telecom and Horizons Datacenter

Haroldo Jacobovicz has a proven track record in creating strong and lasting brands that have a clear identity and enhanced market recognition, leveraging new technologies to open up new markets. He co-founded Horizons Telecom, a mobile telecommunications operator in Brazil, in 2002. The company was created to challenge Telebrás’ monopoly and position itself as the new wireless voice service provider.

In 2003, Horizons Telecom was acquired by Telebrás and led to the creation of GVT, an innovative fixed-line telecommunications service. Following the success of GVT, Jacobovicz turned to the data services segment and founded Horizon Datacenter, which later merged with Brasil Telecom to create Banco Votorantim, the second largest bank in Brazil.