Africa’s “Shark Tank” for startups is Rwanda’s new show “Face The Gorillas”

 African startups can now score capital commitments real time―so long as they convince a venture capitalist to give it to them in front of a live audience. That’s the format for Face The Gorillas, a Rwandan IT pitch series that runs several times a year on local TV, YouTube, and at select events. The competition was originally conceived in 2013 by Yariv Cohen and wife Angela… Read More

Founder’s Corner: Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff on growing a business

 Omidyar Network’s Emerging Tech team has launched the second season of its podcast, Founder’s Corner, with lessons from today’s premier founders and CEOs. We will be speaking with some of the top executives in tech. This season features investor and entrepreneur Reid Hoffman, Yancey Strickler, CEO and cofounder of Kickstarter, Gina Bianchini, CEO and founder of Mighty… Read More

Regulation could stifle growing China-US venture activity

 Let’s step back from politics and look at some cold, hard numbers to assess the current state of cross-border investment and other transactional activity between the U.S. and China. We’ll look at one type of transaction that could be affected: venture capital investments. We’ll show the “big picture,” as well as analysis of transactions in AI and related sectors. Read More

Argentina’s government is wooing entrepreneurs with a new law

 Despite years of economic uncertainties and the lack of a proper legal framework to help promising startups obtain capital, Argentine entrepreneurs are building a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. The country is home to many of Latin America’s biggest startup success stories and with the introduction of one new law, the pathway to success is about to get a whole lot easier. Last month,… Read More

Banking the unbanked in emerging markets

Hands around finance data inside of crystal ball As countries progress, citizens migrate from remote villages to large cities and foreign countries. Their economic power rises and they participate in the global economy. People need to purchase food, pay electricity bills, top up transportation cards, arrange online services, buy overseas goods, repay loans, and send money to relatives. Unlike the U.S., however, where 93% of people have… Read More

Is Whole Foods a healthy option for Amazon?

 Over the past few years we’ve seen Amazon testing new ways of getting groceries in consumers fridges, with Amazon Fresh, Amazon Fresh Pickup, drone delivery, and Amazon Go. As I look back with this acquisition, I can’t help to think, “Were they just preparing for this the whole time or did they realize they couldn’t do it alone?” Read More