Category Archives: Investing

Startup Mania – Coding Mania

I had the pleasure of attending Angel Vine yesterday. It’s a gathering of start-up founders, VCs, angels and others interested in the start-up tech space. I was there supporting a friend of mine who is working on a multisided platform that brings together car enthusiasts, parts sellers/re-sellers, event organizers and even car companies themselves – ambitious to say the least. As I spoke to people I realized 2 things: One, coding is cooler than ever and two, mobile saturation – everyone seems to have their hand on something related to mobile.

I spoke to a few people who proudly stated that they’ve been learning how to code – which is fantastic. This allows people to create products and makes them “dangerous” enough to create impact. This is the change – coding which has always been formal and taught in rigorous computer science programs is now a commodity.  The change has been in the tools and platforms and their scalability + robustness. This really empowers people to release usable products in a very short time frame(depending on complexity of course).
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The Impact Investor Survey & Brighter Impact

The Impact Investor Survey & Brighter Impact

Brighter Impact is the name of our entrepreneurship venture a few of us started at IE Business School. The project focuses on bringing impact investment opportunities in the EM (Emerging Markets) to retail investors in the DM (Developed Markets) wrapped in a private equity model. Impact Investing is investing with a dual purpose. It’s a non-bifurcated method of investment that hopes to generate both social/environmental and financial returns. While charity and financial investments are binary, impact investment brings together as one the goals achieved by charities and financial investments. While still an emerging asset class, I believe it’s on an upward trajectory and the recent report by GIIN and J.P Morgan confirms that.

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