Bitcoin, Blockchain, Economics, Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship, Fintech, Mobile, Technology

Are Banks the Next Dinosaurs?

10 Comments 25 October 2015

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Last week, I spoke at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering in NYC about how emerging markets (and Africa in particular) are leapfrogging innovation in the financial services sector. The most documented example of this is M-Pesa’s mobile money platform in Kenya, which I have written about a few times on this blog, including in my thesis […]

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Economics, Entrepreneurship, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

Market Truths

1 Comment 27 August 2015

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After a tumultuous week in global markets, today the US stock market ended higher on the session. On the heels of macroeconomic data that showed strong fundamentals in the US, along with overtures from China to slow its downturn, the Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 3.9% and the Nasdaq (which includes Apple, Google, Intel and […]

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Entrepreneurship, Social impact, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

Rethinking Impact Investing

2 Comments 13 May 2015

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Impact investing, venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship are all areas in practice and theory that have been close to my heart for years. As regular readers of my blog know, I was born in Nairobi and grew up visiting the developing world in the 1980s, after my family moved to the United States. If I […]

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Entrepreneurship, Startups, Venture Capital

On the Rocks

4 Comments 07 April 2015


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


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


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


3 Comments 18 November 2014


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


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

1 Comment 16 June 2014


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


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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