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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Entrepreneurship, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

The Startup Story

0 Comments 18 November 2013

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I don’t like reading scripts. I like for someone to explain to me what it is about this story – Judi Dench, Academy-award winning actress I just read this quote and thought of how it applies to many things in life – not just acting. Storytelling is older than the written word and, I’d argue, […]

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Entrepreneurship, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

Best of Breed

0 Comments 13 August 2013

When I invested in enterprise software in the late 1990’s, I saw a proliferation of “best of breed” solutions. These vertical solutions would focus on specific pain pain points in the enterprise, such as logistics or customer relationship management. Larger companies such as IBM and SAP that had enterprise-wide deployments would offer some solutions around […]

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Entrepreneurship, Mobile, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

Interpretative Intelligence

1 Comment 06 June 2013

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…or how to avoid drowning in the coming data flood. According to a recent Cisco report, last year’s mobile data traffic was nearly 12x the size of the ENTIRE global Internet in 2000.  This “big data” is going to proliferate as most of the world still does not have smartphones (or affordable access to 4G […]

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