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

Fin-tech disruption – how to trust the borrower?

Lending - how to trust the borrower? A lender trusts the borrower by having some due-diligence and checks/balances. This is what the banks and financial institutions have been doing since their inception. So, the critical piece boils down to how to do the due-diligence because that will determine the fraud and credit model for any … Continue reading Fin-tech disruption – how to trust the borrower?

VC/Impact Investment outlook, and approach to mental health, wellness, and mindfulness

Why should I bother to write about this?  Today, 1 in 5 people have a diagnosable mental illness, and 1 in 20 people have difficulty leading their everyday life due to mental illness. What are the themes emerging in this space?  Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CCBT) Leveraging mobile interfaces to create self-care behavioral change programmes … Continue reading VC/Impact Investment outlook, and approach to mental health, wellness, and mindfulness

Co-learning is the future

For quite some time, I am bullish about models which can bring online to offline experience in learning and vice-versa, as learning is a social phenomenon, we love to learn from peers, mentors, and facilitators. My hunch is that co-learning as a phenomenon will evolve as a trend like co-working. What co-working has taught me? … Continue reading Co-learning is the future

Podcasts: VC and Tech – Investments

A thorough list of podcasts that fit well to understand VC and tech-investments. *Podcasts on VC* A few “staple” podcasts on tech and the markets - MarketSnacks Daily - http://www.marketsnacks.com/podcast-marketsnacks-daily/ Recode Decode- https://www.recode.net/podcasts Decrypted - https://www.bloomberg.com/podcasts/decrypted a16z - https://a16z.com/podcasts/ Pro Rata Podcast - https://www.axios.com/tag/pro-rata-podcast/ TechCrunch Equity - https://techcrunch.com/tag/equity-podcast/ Function - http://functionpodcast.com/r/podcast/ There are also some great podcasts that focus on VC and … Continue reading Podcasts: VC and Tech – Investments

Product/Market Fit Score?

I learned some really interesting pieces about product companies - how to optimize your product-market fit? can it be improved? is it constant? can you even measure it? Yes, you can measure and you can optimize it and it's a never-ending process. Some key takeaways: 0. Companies that struggled to find growth almost always had … Continue reading Product/Market Fit Score?