An Uber Lesson for ICOs

I woke up this morning to the news that Uber’s board asked CEO Travis Kalanick to resign.  After a year of allegations of sexual harassment, questionable competitive tactics and employee turnover, this isn’t much of a surprise.  For those of us who have been hearing some of these stories for years while watching the company’s  … Read more


Posted: June 21st 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  … Read more


Posted: May 30th 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: May 13th 2017 None

The Humanity of Our AI Future

In 1991, as an undergrad, I wrote a paper on social cybernetics and its role in robotics.   Out of curiosity, I just did a quick Google search on social cybernetics and found this article comparing and contrasting AI and the study of cybernetics. In 2017, as a VC, I’m still fascinated by the topic of  … Read more


Posted: March 6th 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

Future\Perfect Ventures: A 2015 Recap

“Be the change you want to see in the world”   This is one of my life’s mantras. Words are not enough – action is what matters.   As I reflected on FPV’s first full year of operation, I thought back to my original thesis and reasons for starting the fund. New funds have popped  … Read more


Posted: February 3rd 2016 3

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

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 3