Tag: Private Equity
The DAO of (Risk) Capital
Thousands of strangers recently came together to bid on an original copy of the U.S. Constitution at Sotheby’s. I was one of them.
NFTs and the future of African startup funding
Are NFTs the wedge that will unlock and accelerate capital flows to African startups at scale?
End the Value-Extraction Economy
Last spring, an editor at one of the big newspapers asked me to send in an opinion piece if an idea hit me.
Some Reflections on Entrepreneurship and Life
A grab-bag of thoughts entering year three of entrepreneurship.
Favorite Books of 2015
A dozen book recommendations
A Quick Take on Farhad Manjoo’s Piece About the Public / Private Market Conundrum
Farhad Manjoo has a thought-provoking piece on tech companies staying private. This is a dynamic that Benedict Anderson recently highlighted in an Andreessen Horowitz presentation on the state of U.S. Venture Capital / Tech Funding that deservedly generated a lot of buzz (see: US Tech Funding). Both are worth reading if you’re into these sorts…
Reflections on a Winding Road to EM Private Equity
In late 2005, I would arrive at the office early and catch up on the latest news of sectarian violence in Iraq. It made for gruesome reading—bodies discovered in vacant houses, tied to chairs with clear evidence of torture. A favorite tool seemed to be power drills, which were used on knees, ankles, heads. There…
Lagos: Reflections on the Epicenter of the Frontier Market Phenomenon
Nigeria is not a great country. It is one of the most disorderly nations in the world. It is one of the most corrupt, insensitive, inefficient places under the sun … It is dirty, callous, noisy, ostentatious, dishonest and vulgar. In short, it is among the most unpleasant places on earth!1 It’s dirty and an…