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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 Read more…


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 Read more…


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 Read more…


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 Read more…


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, Read more…


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 Read more…


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 Read more…


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 Read more…


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 Read more…