Market Truths

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  … Read more


Posted: August 27th 2015 1

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: May 13th 2015 2

On the Rocks

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  … Read more


Posted: April 7th 2015 4

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

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

Billion or Bust?

I  just wrote a short piece which Quartz published today.  I’m re-posting below.  Do I think we are in a valuation bubble?  I think that later stage valuations are frothy (for reasons I explain below) while earlier stage valuations are starting to stabilize from previous highs (with the exception of the superstar serial entrepreneur)  –  … Read more


Posted: January 27th 2014 None

Nest-ing Data

A few observations from the just announced Google $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest, a Silicon Valley based company that sells “smart” thermostats and smoke detectors: – Build vs Buy: Even for a company with significant resources such as Google, it is difficult to innovate beyond core products .  While Google was  better than most companies  … Read more


Posted: January 13th 2014 2

Customer Service…RIP?

I just completed my annual New Year’s purge of apps on my iPhone.  I test countless apps and services as market research as I evaluate new investments.  Just 5 years ago, overall smart phone penetration and user “education” was a hinderance for startups looking to capitalize on this new medium.  Now with the plethora of  … Read more


Posted: January 9th 2014 None

The Startup Story

I don’t like reading scripts. I like for someone to explain to me what it is about this story – Judi Dench, Academy-award winning actress I just read this quote and thought of how it applies to many things in life – not just acting. Storytelling is older than the written word and, I’d argue,  … Read more


Posted: November 18th 2013 None

Best of Breed

When I invested in enterprise software in the late 1990’s, I saw a proliferation of “best of breed” solutions. These vertical solutions would focus on specific pain pain points in the enterprise, such as logistics or customer relationship management. Larger companies such as IBM and SAP that had enterprise-wide deployments would offer some solutions around  … Read more


Posted: August 13th 2013 None