Scaling up innovation

Mobilizing $$ from Wealthy Families in Peru (& L. America). And Why Family $ is Not Angel $—Day #3 in Lima, Peru

Entrepreneurs’ most frequent complaint is how challenging it is to raise money, especially risk capital: founders in developing countries have even more difficulty since the amounts of venture money for investment in most emerging countries is less vs. the USA. Yet with the millions invested in food & beverage, fast moving consumer goods, retailing, wholesaling, […]

Financing the Venture Capital Ecosystem—Day #1 in Lima, Peru

Entrepreneurs and investors speak about the need and urgency to increase investment and Scale Up start-up communities in their countries.  Yet when it’s time to invest capital, the culture of risk impedes the flow of money from the wallets of local investors into the pockets of entrepreneurs. What are the fears which domestic capital has […]

Scaling Start-up Communities: How Does the Culture of Venture Capital Differ—in Brazil (& Other Emerging Countries) vs. the USA?

Roberto Alvarez journalist to the Brazilian media company Startupi (the Tech Crunch of Brazil) interviewed me (1st 30 seconds in Portuguese, then English) in August at Singularity University (SU). Roberto is one of the 80 GSP13 fellows who learned about exponential technologies and their application to create a team project which solves one of the ten […]

Scaling Start-up Communities: Catalyzing the Korean Venture Capital Ecosystem

The Park Geun-hye government is embarking on an national agenda to not only integrate Korea’s economy more deeply in the global innovation ecosystem, but to be one of its leaders too—to increase the prosperity and well-being of not only Korean citizens, but residents of the world.  Park challenged global leaders to use creativity, technology and […]

Mentoring at Singularity University

Every Summer Singularity University (SU) conducts the 10 week Graduate Studies Program (GSP) which challenges future leaders and entrepreneurs to tackle widespread global problems with innovative team-based technology solutions. Many of the teams develop projects which are commercialized in both developed and emerging market countries. This is my 2nd year as a team project advisor, […]

Scaling Start-up Communities: Business Models Which Open the Wallets of Investors

Success in raising money from domestic investors in the emerging markets is not only about the ‘pitch,’ but the business model selected and executed which local $ will finance. Certainly entrepreneurs in the developing world must create and deploy business models which meet customer requirements for commercialization and revenue generation; but they frequently overlook which […]

Scaling Up Start-up Communities: Engage Risk as Your Friend, not a Foe—to Impact Investor DNA—& Raise $ for Your Venture

The most frequent complaint I hear from entrepreneurs in the emerging markets is the lack of risk capital in their country; investors willing to finance start-ups and early stage companies.  Many founders travel to America seeking money and connections in the US venture ecosystem.  While a few are able to raise cash, most don’t—and return […]

Keeping Entrepreneurship Alive

New Series, beginning soon, ‘Keeping Entrepreneurship Alive.’ The idea for this series came from a post to Brad Field’s blog Startup Revolution»Communities by Namek Zu’bi from Jordan, titled ‘Young Startup Communities:  Beware of the Excitment Bubble.’

Part V: Scaling Up Investment—Finance the Startup of Start-up Communities

In Part V, subjects discussed: 1.)   For Entrepreneurs—What are You Selling to Investors? 2.)   For Investors—Let’s Be Realistic 3.)   For Governments/Development Finance Institutions—Atypical Leadership Needed 4.)   Concluding Remarks 5.)   My Next Blog Series—Mobilize Local Capital to Finance Your Dreams 6.)   About Me 7.)   Links: Evolution of Runet (Russia Internet) & the Russia Tech Scene Last […]