Fabio Tran

Venture Partner (Representative)
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Focus Area: Growing Learners / Adult Learners
Regional Focus: Latin America

Meet Fabio, who leads Imaginable Futures’ education strategy and investments in Brazil and collaborates on investments in Latin America.

Prior to joining Imaginable Futures and Omidyar Network, Fabio worked for Rocket Internet, where he last served as senior vice president of venture development, taking different c-level roles in early-stage companies of Rocket’s consumer tech portfolio in Latin America and Europe.

Fabio also worked in nonprofits in Brazil as Executive Director at Fundação Estudar and interim Director for Policy and Strategy at Endeavor Brazil. He began his career in consulting at McKinsey and A.T. Kearney. He is also a Kauffman Fellow, Class 24.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

I look around and I am surrounded by amazing entrepreneurs that are doing great things. The bar for accomplishments is so high! You know what? I think my greatest success is yet to come.

Q+A

Why do you love coming to work?

For the people, the impact and the joy of being surrounded by entrepreneurs, inventors, creators, and change-makers.


What lessons did you learn early in your career that you keep with you today?

It takes sweat, determination and hard work to get things done.


If you could be one character from a book, who would you choose and why?

I grew up as a big science fiction reader. I think it got me into engineering and shaped my life in many ways. Working for a firm called Imaginable Futures put me into the science mode, so I chose Hari Seldon, from Isaac Asimov’s Foundation. I read the book decades ago and I don’t even know if I still like it, but it was an important book to keep me thinking about the future, its possibilities, as well as how much our future is shaped by our history.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was 9 years old, I wanted to be a comic book artist and a science fiction writer. Yes, I was a big nerd!


Where is your happy place?

My house, in my hammock.


If someone narrated your life, who would you want it to be?

Cid Moreira, a TV host in Brazil in the 1980s. He sounds like James Earl Jones, with a bass voice.


Sunrise or sunset?

Sunrise, if I manage to wake up to see it. As I am not an early bird, sunset is the best.


What do you imagine or wish for the future?

We may be changing, but I trust humanity and I have lots of optimism for our future. I imagine a world where everybody can choose their own path and achieve their full potential.