Author: Aadil

  • Founding a Company – When?

    I don’t think that I am a born entrepreneur. I think that I can see opportunity and potential, and have some ideas but I’ve not yet taken the plunge to start my own business. The truth is that I am pretty risk averse. I have been interested in technology for a while now, but only […]

  • Investing Responsibly

    The inspiration for this post was my Business at the Base of the Pyramid class at Harvard Business School and it’s something that I have been pondering as I consider being an early stage investor in East African technology businesses. There are two main kinds of capital deployed to emerging markets to stimulate economic activity […]

  • Education and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets

    I’m a believer in two key methods to alleviate poverty and stimulate long-term economic growth for developing countries:  Education – Out of all children in Kenya about 85% of children attend primary school (but <50% finish), 24% of children attend secondary school, and 2% attend higher institutions. At this level of attrition more than half […]

  • Kenya – Silicon Safari

    San Francisco has Silicon Valley, New York has Silicon Alley, London has Silicon Round and Tel-Aviv has Silicon Wadi. I think Kenya could have Silicon Safari*, and I’d love to be part of making that happen. I never really thought I would go back to Kenya, but when I was back home this summer I had […]

  • Digital Sky Technologies – The Mini Exit

    Digital Sky Technologies (DST) have created a new class of investment in the western world that has caught both the entrepreneurial community and investment community by surprise. They have purchesed significant minority stakes in extremely high profile pre-IPO technology companies such as Zynga, Facebook and Groupon. They take long positions on these companies by buying large […]

  • Blogging: It’s the right thing to do

    I was initially skeptical about starting my own blog. I did not really see the point – who would read it and care what I had to say? I’ve actually found it to be a pretty interesting outlet for crystalizing my viewpoints on subject matter that is interesting or topical to me (and probably many MBA students in […]

  • Metrics – The Online Advantage

    I believe that online businesses have a key edge over offline businesses – they are able to easily gather data on customers, the purchase funnel and conduct iterative A/B testing. Harnessing this data and using it to drive decisions for customer acquisition, product development and generally having excellent management information (MI) is critical to executing a successful […]

  • Approaching Start-Ups and VCs

    Continuing on from my last post.. an MBA looking for a start up opportunity.. I think it’s important when you approach early stage start-ups and Venture Capitalists to clearly articulate what value you could bring (particularly for small ventures) but try and retain humility. You want to make it an easy decision for them to […]

  • An MBA Looking for a Start-Up Opportunity…

    Like many MBAs out there, I’m looking to work for a start up when I graduate in June – a recent survey showed that appox 15% of our 2010 HBS class feels the same.  I really like new/innovative technology and the internet and so I’ve narrowed my search to that area with a focus on the […]