Immigration, Latinos, Startups, VC

The State of Latino Startups: Exploring the Challenges

This blog was originally posted on Vista Hispano as a series on Latino startups. Read the first one here.  Startup struggles, generally speaking If there is one topic that entrepreneurs love to talk about more than any other, it is be the trials and tribulations of being a founder. You work impossibly long hours; you wake… Continue reading The State of Latino Startups: Exploring the Challenges

B-School, LatAm, Startups, VC

The Case for Catalytic Funding of Latino-focused Startups

[Note: If you're interested in the updated and much-improved version of this pitch--especially if you're a Latino-focused entrepreneur--my gmail address is mark.c.hand.] This year, the Saïd Business School at Oxford launches GOTO, an ambitious project to focus the university’s attention on a particular topic of global import. The first topic is demography, with a focus on… Continue reading The Case for Catalytic Funding of Latino-focused Startups

Aid, Microfinance, VC

Why Buffett, Gates, and the Giving Pledge Members Should Be Wary of Impact Investing

The article below was originally posted on policymic.com, nextbillion.net, and skollworldforum.org. Earlier this month, 35 men and women gathered in Santa Barbara, California to discuss how to give away a major slice of their $140 billion of personal wealth. Many had already signed on to the Giving Pledge, a pact pushed by software tycoon Bill Gates… Continue reading Why Buffett, Gates, and the Giving Pledge Members Should Be Wary of Impact Investing

India, Startups, VC

The missing piece of the 30-second pitch

Pitches come in all forms. Good ones, bad ones, long ones, short ones, and everything in between. Many of them, like those I heard at last week's Dasra Social Impact graduation, were carefully sculpted into 30-second pitches accompanied by a single powerpoint slide. If you're an entrepreneur and you get this opportunity, what should you… Continue reading The missing piece of the 30-second pitch

Startups, VC, Wildebeests

The three keys to scale (from someone who’s done it)

Over coffee last week, my colleague Akshat asked Gray Ghost Ventures' CEO Arun Gore what three things he considered most important for startups to scale. Arun would know: as Director of Operations and then CFO at what would become T-Mobile, he helped scale that company (then VoiceStream) from 35 employees to 30,000 employees in seven… Continue reading The three keys to scale (from someone who’s done it)