Disrupting VC

As a venture capitalist, I am always looking for highly innovative, disruptive businesses. Ones that challenge the status quo, that aim to make a significant difference in the way we do and look at things. When I left Omidyar at the end of last year to move back to NYC and start my own fund,  … Read more


Posted: July 9th 2012 2

Web 3.0+: The Hyperconnected Global Internet

The title of this blog comes from a presentation I did at last year’s Web 2.0 conference in NYC, in September 2010. I overviewed the growth of the global internet and penetration, noting that the future of the Web was going to be driven by emerging countries, as mobile connectivity continues to be more ubiquitous  … Read more


Posted: July 18th 2011 3

10+ Trends: Recap of 2011 and What’s Next…

As a venture capitalist, I am privy to innovations long before they become mainstream, one of the things I love about my job.  But even more exciting is when I see inflection points of adoption — which is why 2011 was a particularly exhilirating year for me.  This was the year that the promise of  … Read more


Posted: July 16th 2011 17

A Glimpse: My American Dream

When I looked at my inbox this morning, I had emails from six organizations I have advised/worked with over the past couple of years (including Astia and Techstars) announcing their partnership with the White House’s Startup America initiative. And, lest I for a moment forgot that I am living the American dream, thanks to parents  … Read more


Posted: July 1st 2011 10

A Gorilla’s Eyes

Yesterday I went mountain gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park in the Virungas. Unlike the elusive chimpanzees I tracked a few days ago in Nyungwe Forest, visitors are able to get very close to the animals. Several habituated groups exist, and the one I visited was a particularly playful one, so much so that one  … Read more


Posted: July 30th 2009 None

Listen and You Shall Hear

Yesterday I visited the Genocide Memorial Centre in Kigali.  I had heard much about the disturbing videos they show, of the rooms full of pictures of the dead, of the skulls and bones in glass cases.  However, the most chilling moment for me was walking through an exhibit which showcased children who died doing the  … Read more


Posted: July 23rd 2009 1

The Supermarket Test

Today I was awoken by a symphony of birds chirping, I couldn’t make out how many but while I was sitting in a tiny restaurant garden eating lunch I counted no less than 8 different types of birds (and a couple chameleons climbing trees).  It was literally music to my ears, against a silent backdrop.   … Read more


Posted: July 21st 2009 None

Greetings from Kigali

Just arrived a couple hours ago in Kigali, Rwanda.  It’s my first time back in Africa since 1999, when I lived in Dar es Salaam for a summer training women entrepreneurs. As soon as I disembarked from the plane and inhaled the earthy African air, I felt a rush of excitement for the adventure to  … Read more


Posted: July 20th 2009 1

Development Through Self Empowerment

While in Rwanda, I went on long drives, for it’s the only way to see this beautiful country.  Some roads are paved but many are not — one day, it took us 10 hours to travel a little over 200 kilometers on a bumpy dirt road winding through the hills.  Along those drives I’d get  … Read more


Posted: July 1st 2009 None