Dog Days of Summer

As the United States celebrated its Independence Day on July 4th, several jurisdictions around the world, including South Korea, Bermuda and Malta, passed legislation to support crypto assets and virtual currencies. Of these, South Korea’s appears the most detailed by providing a classification scheme as a framework for regulation. This is the most sophisticated understanding  … Read more


Posted: July 6th 2018 None

Campus Crypto Fever

This past Friday I spoke at Penn’s inaugural Blockchain Conference. It was a special speaking engagement for me, as I am a Penn grad and my interest in economics and business started and flourished there. Over the past five years speaking on college campuses, I have encouraged students to explore the blockchain sector. During the past year,  … Read more


Posted: April 9th 2018 None

Regulatory Support: “My Niece is a Hodler”

Last Tuesday February the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing with SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo to discuss potential cryptocurrency regulation. As the chart below displays, the cryptocurrency market was in the middle of its second major correction of 2018, and began a recovery process after the hearings. Both Chairs acknowledged  … Read more


Posted: February 12th 2018 None

Bitcoin FOMO

We will be sending out a weekly newsletter with news and brief commentary on the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. It is our intent to cut through the increasing levels of noise and bring you thoughts and articles that we find interesting. Bitcoin reached $11K this week before retreating back to 4-digit territory. It’s important to  … Read more


Posted: November 30th 2017 None

Token Thoughts on the Blockchain Boom

The past 10 days have been heady for anyone in the cryptocurrency space.  The market cap of digital currencies increased to over $90 billion last week (a 50% increase in 7 days).  Bloomberg put together the chart below to show relative value increases in major cryptocurrencies. There is also a lot of buzz about ICO’s,  … Read more


Posted: July 30th 2017 None

Token Launch

This is not the story of another cryptocurrency coin offering, but of a product that is using a tangible, age-old form factor to manage and secure our digital and analog identities. I am pleased to announce that Future\Perfect Ventures portfolio company Tokenize has launched its latest product: Token, a ring that allows users to make  … Read more


Posted: July 27th 2017 None

My Talk at MIT: Beyond Finance, Considering Business and Social Impact of Blockchains

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at a conference entitled “Business of Blockchains” that the MIT Technology Review and MIT Media Lab organized in Cambridge. One of the reasons I started investing in the blockchain space 4 years ago was the rush I got learning about the tech at my first bitcoin conference –  … Read more


Posted: July 13th 2017 None

Are Banks the Next Dinosaurs?

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  … Read more


Posted: July 25th 2015 10

Rethinking Impact Investing

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  … Read more


Posted: July 13th 2015 3

Modi and Ma

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  … Read more


Posted: July 29th 2014 1