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: July 31st 2015 Comments Off on Leapfrogging into the Future

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: July 27th 2015 1

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: July 25th 2015 10

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: July 20th 2015 3

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: July 13th 2015 3

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: July 7th 2015 5

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: July 5th 2015 3

Modi and Ma

The last 2 weeks were notable for the world's two most populous countries. If there was any doubt that the 21st century will be “The Asian Century” Jack Ma and Narendra Modi, an unlikely pair, lay those doubts to rest. On September 19, Ma led Alibaba to the largest IPO in history, listing the company  … Read more


Posted: July 29th 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: July 27th 2014 Comments Off on Billion or Bust?

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: July 20th 2014 3