Entrepreneurship, Startups, Venture Capital

On the Rocks

1 Comment 07 April 2015

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I spent last weekend in Boulder, Colorado rock climbing for the first time in years. It was a reinvigorating weekend with a dear friend who had first introduced me to the sport. I reflected on why I love rock climbing so much and how many parallels I find to entrepreneurship. So many of us are […]

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Blockchain, Emerging Markets, Mobile, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

The Magic of Abra

2 Comments 05 March 2015

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One of the challenges of communicating the power of the blockchain over the past couple of years has been the absence of a “killer app”. An application on top of the infrastructure that renders the complex technology behind it invisible — and only shows a seamless, magical customer experience. Today Abra launched to the world. […]

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Bitcoin, Blockchain, Emerging Markets, Mobile

Smart Data, Diversity and our Decentralized Future

2 Comments 20 January 2015

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As an avid traveler, observer of the world and a technophile, I’ve been struck by the parallels in the development of technology with the broader evolution of societal structures. These observations have led me to the investment thesis at the core of Future\Perfect Ventures. We’re investing in decentralization as a theme – including new infrastructure […]

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Bitcoin, Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship, Mobile, Technology, Venture Capital, Women

Blockstream

3 Comments 18 November 2014

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We’ve come together because we believe in the potential of this technology to have a significant, positive social impact – Austin Hill, co-founder Blockstream (FPV’s newest portfolio company) I founded Future\Perfect Ventures earlier this year because I believe that technology’s potential for positive social impact is still in formative stages. The combination of mobile technology, […]

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Economics, Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Women

Modi and Ma

1 Comment 29 September 2014

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The last 2 weeks were notable for the world’s two most populous countries. If there was any doubt that the 21st century will be “The Asian Century” Jack Ma and Narendra Modi, an unlikely pair, lay those doubts to rest. On September 19, Ma led Alibaba to the largest IPO in history, listing the company […]

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Bitcoin, Economics, Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship, Mobile, Social impact, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital, Women

When Third is First

0 Comments 16 June 2014

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In 2011, I wrote about Jugaad, according to Wikipedia “a colloquial Hindi word that can mean an innovative fix or a simple work-around”. I noted in the blog post that Jugaad is “now an acceptable management technique…and also applies to any kind of creative and out of the box thinking which maximizes resources for a […]

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Economics, Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship, M&A, Mobile

What in the World ?!?

3 Comments 20 February 2014

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I gave a talk, titled “What in the World?”, almost exactly 2 years ago to this day at Bloomberg LP’s headquarters in NYC as part of Social Media Week.  You can view the full presentation here.  I overviewed  demographic and economic trends globally and outlined the opportunity for technology companies to access growth in the emerging […]

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Economics, Entrepreneurship, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

Billion or Bust?

0 Comments 27 January 2014

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I  just wrote a short piece which Quartz published today.  I’m re-posting below.  Do I think we are in a valuation bubble?  I think that later stage valuations are frothy (for reasons I explain below) while earlier stage valuations are starting to stabilize from previous highs (with the exception of the superstar serial entrepreneur)  – […]

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M&A, Startups, Technology

Nest-ing Data

2 Comments 13 January 2014

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A few observations from the just announced Google $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest, a Silicon Valley based company that sells “smart” thermostats and smoke detectors: – Build vs Buy: Even for a company with significant resources such as Google, it is difficult to innovate beyond core products .  While Google was  better than most companies […]

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Entrepreneurship, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

Customer Service…RIP?

0 Comments 09 January 2014

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I just completed my annual New Year’s purge of apps on my iPhone.  I test countless apps and services as market research as I evaluate new investments.  Just 5 years ago, overall smart phone penetration and user “education” was a hinderance for startups looking to capitalize on this new medium.  Now with the plethora of […]

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