Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Massimo, 36
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a bit about Massimo

What are you working on these days?

I run the Brazilian HQ of a WiFi Sharing Startup called Wiman. We work on Free WiFi solutions for the end user, through our own App, or integrating our services into other Apps. Recently we launched a project to put freeWiFi on taxies here in Brazil.

What drives you mad these days?

Traffic.

What makes you happy?

Sun, beach, and sports.

When was the last time you cried?

Unfortunately my father passed away recently, and it was very difficult for me. Even though we lived apart since I was 17, as he had lived in India for the past 16 years, we had a very close relationship. Fortunately he came to visit in January, and spent 45 days here in Rio, and have great memories of him of the time we spent in some of the places that I suggest on Cool Cousin.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Vampire Weekend.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

Angry Birds. I have two small kids, and they absolutely loved it. There’s nothing better than hearing your kids laugh out loud.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

Ipanema. There’s lots of cool stores, of independent brands.

What’s your go-to café in Rio De Janeiro?

Cafuné, in Cittá America.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

Centro. The center of Rio De Janeiro.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Rio De Janeiro but never actually do?

Surfing at Praia da Macumba.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

Eddie Vedder. I would definitely take him surfing at Prainha.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

Museu de Arte do Rio, in Downtown Rio.

What’s that place in Rio De Janeiro you feel like only you know about?

Probably Cafuné. It’s a small Coffeehouse inside a not so frequented shopping mall.

If tomorrow was your last day in Rio De Janeiro before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

Taking a walk on the beach from Leblon to Leme.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Flamengo.

What’s the spot in Rio De Janeiro you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

Copacabana.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

Ristorante Il Sardo with wife and kids.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Football, futvolei, and surfing.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

Lapa. It’s a genuine experience of Rio nightlife.

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