Carlos Fernandes is an entrepreneur, innovator and public policy advisor. In 2006, Fernandes invented and patented the world’s first legal Internet-based Digital Video Recorder. RecordTV, the company founded by Fernandes, is widely regarded as one of the few companies on the forefront of disrupting the TV industry and was named as one of the Top 100 startups in the World by Red Herring Magazine.
At RecordTV, Fernandes led product development through to commercialization and led the company to victory in complex litigation against Singapore’s National broadcaster. With its InstantTV app, RecordTV rose to become the fastest growing Over-the-Top (OTT) service in Singapore, hitting #1 in the Apple App Store as well as the Google Play Store in Entertainment.
Fernandes has served the “Future of Media” Global Agenda Council at the World Economic Forum in Davos that covered the interplay of technology, media and copyright. In the area of public policy, Fernandes has served the Commonwealth Nations, ASEAN Nations and the Government of Singapore as an advisor on matters related to youth development, technology and entrepreneurship.
Most recently he served on the Entrepreneurship Review Committee for the Singapore Government and continues to sit on the Pro-Enterprise Panel (PEP), a board that was recognized by the United Nations, and tasked with reviewing the regulatory framework around new innovations. Fernandes has been a Board Member for TiE Singapore, an adjunct professor at NUS and guest lecturer at INSEAD and SMU where he has lectured on Disruptive Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Fernandes has been widely covered by the media and frequently writes op-eds in various publications. The Singapore Computer Society named him its youngest-ever “Young Professional of the Year” for his contributions to the IT industry. The World Economic Forum subsequently named him a Young Global Leader. BusinessWeek has also identified him as among Asia’s Top 25 Entrepreneurs.
Fernandes has an MBA (High Honors) from the University of Chicago, a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from Bombay University, a Masters in Information Technology. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Yale University Global Leadership programs.