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Top Three Countries for Start Up Investing in 2017

I’ve been traveling in and writing about emerging and frontier markets for much of the past decade. And in that time I’ve found some incredible deals…I’ll tell you about a few of them here. So most of my attention these days is spent looking for opportunities in private equity, often times in these same emerging markets. You might think that …

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Exosphere Part III | Where Will the First Trillion Dollar Startup Come From?

Today we finish our series of conversations with Skinner Layne, and ask the question: Where will the first trillion dollar startup come from? If you have not already, I suggest listening to the first and second interviews first, as this final podcast builds on the ones before it. In this episode we discuss why Skinner is moving Exosphere from Chile …

Exosphere Part II | The Degradation of Language

Today I continue my conversation with Skinner Layne, the founder of Exosphere. We discuss the degradation of language, the spending of the capital that Moore’s Law provided us and the benefits of a classical education. For those who prefer the TLDL (too long, didn’t listen) version, I suggest the following passage at a minimum: 11:45 – 18:38, and provide the …

Exosphere: How to Build a (Much) Better Incubator

A few years ago I was contacted by a reader who was embarking on a new adventure. He was heading down to South America to go work with an organization that was creating a new type of incubator/accelerator. Unfortunately we lost touch, but recently he reached back out to me and we began a new dialog. He has been in …

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Unity Kills Creativity

I recently recorded a podcast with my friend and colleague Paul Rosenberg. Paul has been a guest speaker at a couple of Seraph events over the past few years. He’s always well-received, and if you are familiar with his work you know why. Just the other day Paul wrote an article entitled “United We Fall.” The simple premise is that …

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You Have a Massively Transformative Purpose

Too many people wake up every morning barely able to muster the energy to climb out of bed. For them, life has lost its luster. That new car smell is gone. It’s another day at the office, surrounded by the same weekend warriors with nothing better to do than brag about their kid scoring a goal, a touchdown or a …

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Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

Here’s the message: The world is getting better every day, deal with it! Despite the doom and gloom that pervades the idiot box on a daily basis, our collective abundance is improving. The reason that so many of you think were headed toward a zombie apocalypse has much more to do with your access to information than any basis in …

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Exponential Organizations: An Interview with SingularityU’s Kent Langley

Exponential Organizations create exponential technologies that in turn create exponential profit opportunities for us as investors! Today, in our first ever Seraph Innovation and Technology Podcast I interviewed my friend and colleague, Kent Langley. We discussed Exponential Organizations, a concept made mainstream by Salim Ismail and Yuri Van Geest in their book of the same name: Exponential Organizations. Kent is …

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Angels, Incubators, Venture Capital and Crowdfunding

This is a follow-up from my last post, a discussion with my friend Jeff Bone. I encourage you to read it if you haven’t, so you can get a feel for who Jeff is and why I think he’s a genius! Jeff had promised to talk to me again and get a bit more in-depth about tech startups, VC’s, incubators …

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The Tao of Dave

I first wrote this post back in 2011. I’ve since lost touch with Dave, although I periodically reach out to see how he is doing. He was a mentor and a friend, and I credit him with teaching me what’s really important in life. Enjoy! One of my earliest mentors is a gentlemen (he’d hate being called that) that I …