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Luca Mars did the math. Three years ago, the 19-year-old accounting student, who lives in the small Brazilian city of Várzea Alegre, 2,200 miles northeast of Rio, took a look at his mobile phone bill and knew that he couldn’t cover the cost of the data plan. Mars works as an administrative assistant at a primary school, and says his phone bill typically ate up 10 to 15 percent of his paycheck.More →

After helping prepare HubSpot for an IPO and tackling emotional well being at Happier, Yoav Shapira’s ambitions have grown even more: Now he wants to break down the digital divide and fight poverty at a global level.

To that end, this week Shapira is joining Jana Mobile, a company that has built a rewards program to help consumers in emerging markets lower the cost of mobile airtime. He will be the company’s new vice president of product.

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