Brazil is quickly becoming a hub for technology startups in Latin America.  Aside from the technology blogs in Brazil, the best resource is the Brazilian Startup Dealbook, a shared spreadsheet of all the startup investment activity in Brazil.

The following charts are based on data from this spreadsheet and they should give you a crash course in the big-name startups in Brazil that have recently raised money or been acquired.

Top 15 investments since 2009 (by size of round in US$, based on known data):

Date Who How Much From/To
2009/01 SambaTech $3M DFJ, FIR Capital
2010/05 Brandsclub $17M Naspers
2010/05 Clickon $17M Klaus Hommels, Oliver Jung and A5 Investimentos
2010/10 Privalia $95M General Atlantic, Index Ventures eHighland Capital
2010/11 Vostu $30M Intel Capital, Accell partners, Tiger Global
2011/01 $4.4M Monashees Capital, Tiger Global, SV Angel, Chamath Palihapitiya, Felicis Ventures
2011/07 ViajaNet $19M Redpoint Ventures and General Catalyst
2011/08 iFood (f.k.a. Disk Cook) $1.6M WH Investimentos
2011/09 $1M Kaszek Ventures & Draper Associates
2011/12 Apontador $5.2M LBS Local
2012/01 Connectparts (Dakota Parts) $7.5M Atomico
2012/02 BebêStore $2.9M Atomico
2012/02 Restorando $3.2M  Emergence Capital, Storm Ventures, Kaszek, Atomico
2012/03 Fisgo $1.3M Confrapar
2012/03 Mandic $100M Riverwood Capital

Peixe Urbano is a notable exception to list because the exact amount of funding raised is not publicly available.  They have raises several rounds capital, most recently a large round with Morgan Stanley to finance the purchase of Groupalia.  Could this mean IPO for Peixe Urbano?  Watch this space.

Top 5 acquisition since 2009 (by size of acquisition in US$, based on known data):

Date Who How Much From/To
2009/09 Buscapé $342M Naspers
2010/12 Diveo $360M UOL
2010/12 Media Factory $4.68M LeadMedia
2010/12 NetMovies $7.5M Tiger Global
2011/05 Braspag $20.8M Cielo

The startup scene is remarkably hot at the moment and with the 2014 World Cup just a couple of years away there is much speculation as to how sustainable the growth is.  In any case, when you come to Brazil, expect heavy competition.