The Gender Issue Part II

My twitter stream and email inbox has been full of links to the NY Times article published yesterday — Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley. It is great to see that a conversation is finally evolving on the importance of gender diversity in the technology and venture capital sectors. On my trip to Rwanda  … Read more


Posted: April 18th 2010 14

Interview on Fox Business News

Last month I sat down with Fox Business News to provide advice to entrepreneurs looking for venture funding. There is visibly more interest in tech entrepreneurship in NYC, which is encouraging to see. Below is a clip of the video. An accompanying written Q&A with several VCs discussing the current state of the VC market.


Posted: January 21st 2010 None

The Daily Beast’s Foray into E-Books

Today, The Daily Beast announced a joint venture with Perseus Book Group, with Tina Brown noting that there is “a gap between online writing and full-length books that [is] no longer being fully met by a dwindling market for magazines.” The effort will utilize Daily Beast writers to publish books of 150 pages or less  … Read more


Posted: September 28th 2009 None

Development Through Self Empowerment

While in Rwanda, I went on long drives, for it’s the only way to see this beautiful country.  Some roads are paved but many are not — one day, it took us 10 hours to travel a little over 200 kilometers on a bumpy dirt road winding through the hills.  Along those drives I’d get  … Read more


Posted: September 1st 2009 None

A Gorilla’s Eyes

Yesterday I went mountain gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park in the Virungas. Unlike the elusive chimpanzees I tracked a few days ago in Nyungwe Forest, visitors are able to get very close to the animals. Several habituated groups exist, and the one I visited was a particularly playful one, so much so that one  … Read more


Posted: August 30th 2009 None

Children in Goma

Today I crossed the border from Gisenyi on Lake Kivu into Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of the first sights I saw were large UN and Red Cross vehicles. The Indian Army, via the UN, was out in full force. And the terrain changed drastically. The city and its surroundings are covered  … Read more


Posted: August 28th 2009 None

The Gender Issue

In Rwanda, everyone walks.  They walk to school, they walk to work, they walk to the well to refill their plastic yellow jugs, they walk to the market, they walk to the fields.  In hours of driving through urban and rural areas, I have yet to see a stretch of road without activity.  And today  … Read more


Posted: August 25th 2009 2

Listen and You Shall Hear

Yesterday I visited the Genocide Memorial Centre in Kigali.  I had heard much about the disturbing videos they show, of the rooms full of pictures of the dead, of the skulls and bones in glass cases.  However, the most chilling moment for me was walking through an exhibit which showcased children who died doing the  … Read more


Posted: August 23rd 2009 1

The Supermarket Test

Today I was awoken by a symphony of birds chirping, I couldn’t make out how many but while I was sitting in a tiny restaurant garden eating lunch I counted no less than 8 different types of birds (and a couple chameleons climbing trees).  It was literally music to my ears, against a silent backdrop.   … Read more


Posted: August 21st 2009 None

Greetings from Kigali

Just arrived a couple hours ago in Kigali, Rwanda.  It’s my first time back in Africa since 1999, when I lived in Dar es Salaam for a summer training women entrepreneurs. As soon as I disembarked from the plane and inhaled the earthy African air, I felt a rush of excitement for the adventure to  … Read more


Posted: August 20th 2009 1