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: May 13th 2017 None

How The Blockchain Can Unshackle Us

Once every 20 years or so, new technology comes to market that has the potential to change how we communicate, how we do business, and pushes the boundaries of everything we thought was possible. In the 1970’s it was the personal computer; in the mid-1990’s, the commercial Internet. We are now in the early stages  … Read more


Posted: April 14th 2016 5

Leapfrogging into the Future

We live in strange times, and sometimes it seems that the world is spinning backwards. Donald Trump is a leading presidential contender and the North Pole saw December temperatures rise above freezing without any sunlight.   As every year comes to an end, I marvel at all of the unexpected twists and turns of the year.  … Read more


Posted: December 31st 2015 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: October 25th 2015 10

The Magic of Abra

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.  … Read more


Posted: March 5th 2015 3

Smart Data, Diversity and our Decentralized Future

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  … Read more


Posted: January 20th 2015 2

Blockstream

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,  … Read more


Posted: November 18th 2014 3

When Third is First

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  … Read more


Posted: June 16th 2014 1

What in the World ?!?

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  … Read more


Posted: February 20th 2014 3

Interpretative Intelligence

…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  … Read more


Posted: June 6th 2013 3