Marketplaces for social good

Photo by Deviyahya on Unsplash (Pasar Gudang Lelang, Lampung, Indonesia) I have been fascinated by the new-age marketplace models, especially seeing the potential of scale with the impact that they can create if done rightly, and consciously the effect can be positive; otherwise, it might negatively disrupt the ecosystem. That’s why a marketplace is an ecosystem business.  We … Continue reading Marketplaces for social good

Conscious Community Building

A strategy designed by keeping the community in mind during the design process, it is called “conscious community-building. “ It is about developing, building, and fostering that “sense of community” around a brand. Source: The Poverty Paradox: Why Most Poverty Programs Fail And How To Fix Them  As an entrepreneur, community builder, investor, and venture … Continue reading Conscious Community Building

being an ecosystem builder

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time understanding the technological impact on the human race (heard of humane tech?), policy impact on society (how social finance is creating better policy interventions?), ecosystem development impact on creating a market, and impact of communities/tribes to bring social and behavioral change. Hence, I thought of putting … Continue reading being an ecosystem builder

What’s my productivity score?

Is there a scientific way to evaluate your productivity? This question is popping in my head for quite some time. Hence, like everyone, I spent hours and hours reading books and listening to various podcasts like:  [Book] Deep Work by Carl Newport [Book] Digital Minimalism by Carl Newport [Book] The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective … Continue reading What’s my productivity score?

Kicking off “humane network” community

Humane Network is a close-knit community of well-intentioned and conscious individuals who are either in impact/VC investments or venture building or planning to build a career in this space. This is an exclusive and invite-only community. If you know, someone who fits these criteria - please do refer to them to fill this form or … Continue reading Kicking off “humane network” community

Financial services for next billion? [Part 6] Concluding thoughts – What’s next?

Similar to my last 5 posts in my series on “financial services for next billion?”, in this one I have covered chapter 6 and 7 of the book – Portfolios of the poor in Q&A format, covering pieces around next phase of micro-finance and concluding thoughts of the book as opportunities for financial services ventures trying to … Continue reading Financial services for next billion? [Part 6] Concluding thoughts – What’s next?

Financial services for next billion? [Part 5] The price of money

Similar to my last 4 posts in my series on "financial services for next billion?", in this one I have covered chapter 5 of the book – Portfolios of the poor in Q&A format, covering pieces around how poor people create and manage the large sums of money. Why micro-finance rates are so high? "those institutions serving … Continue reading Financial services for next billion? [Part 5] The price of money