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South Africa, Technology
Colaboracion Virtual (CVI) offers a one-stop-shop for cutting-edge audio and video conferencing technology throughout Latin America. CVI’s success to date represents the vision of Erik Torreiter. An engineer with an eye for commercial opportunity, Erik has spent much of the last years fine-tuning CVI’s service orientated business model. One of the first companies to sell audio and video conference solutions in the Southern Cone, CVI is now the leader for full-service telepresence solutions.
Erik arrived in Chile to complete his French “civil service” abroad and has since remained in the country to pursue entrepreneurial ventures. A graduate of the National Institute of Telecommunications in Paris, he quickly recognized an opportunity in Chile’s early attempts to implement ISDN. He founded Latin Alecon, partnering with local friends.
In 1998, Erik landed the rights to distribute and work with a Polycom’s new video conferencing technology, but it wasn’t until three years later that he had a “light bulb moment”. While delivering a videoconference solution to the world’s largest copper mining company, he realized that the company’s employees did not know how work their new high-tech communication system. In 2003, Erik restructure his company with a new strategic focus on managed collaborative services.
Colaboracion Virtual’s innovation is two-fold: on the one hand, CVI has amassed the technical know-how and infrastructure to rival that of any large tech or telecom company. One the other hand, it has combined this expertise with a business model built on flexibility and customized, client-oriented, services.
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