9/11: Bravery, Luck, & Resilience

On this 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I am particularly aware of the march of time and how, as each year passes, those who study it or learn about it outnumber those that experienced that day.  The picture I posted with this blog post is one I took at the 9/11 Museum – a  … Read more


Posted: July 11th 2016 None

Hamilton & Democracy 2016

Back in January I bought tickets to go see Hamilton on Broadway, purposefully the Friday before the Presidential election.  I hoped we would be on the verge of electing our first female president.  I thought going to see the show would be a tribute to how far our country has come.  After all, what better  … Read more

Posted: July 7th 2016 1

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: July 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: July 31st 2015 None

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