Questions Raised by the Takeover of SNET, Havana’s Community Network

Last May, Cuba’s Ministry of Communication (MINCOM) announced resolutions 98 and 99 limiting wireless transmission power and outdoor cables that made community networks like Havana’s SNET, illegal. Since SNET was the world’s largest community network that did not have Internet access, implementation of the resolutions was postponed for 60 days for negotiations between SNET administrators…

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“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all…

Digitally Evolving Customer Mindset Will Reshape Indian Financial Services Landscape

Indian financial service customers are changing! Forrester surveyed 3,000 online adults in India on their financial attitude, expectations, and preferences and found that more than half of customers accessing the internet are constantly online. We found that most of the respondents are early adopters of new technology — Forrester calls them “Progressive Pioneers.” As digital…

2019 Predictions

As a new year is upon us, this is a good time to start thinking about context and read through the tea leaves of what’s next. I did miss out on predictions last year but I’m resuming past that hiatus. So here are some predictions about 2019 The easy one: Instability We’ve had a preview…

The Virtue Of Patience

Our portfolio company Duolingo is known for their super popular language learning app. According to Wikipedia over 300mm people all over the world have used Duolingo. Back in May 2014, Duolingo launched something called the Duolingo Test Center. The idea was to compete with expensive and inconvenient foreign language tests like TOEFL. It makes sense.…

Cracks Showing In Epic Store’s PR War As Developers Have To Plead With Public To Not Harass Them

We’ve been discussing the new PC gaming platform wars that kicked off with Epic releasing their own Epic Store to rival Valve’s Steam and attempting to power it with game exclusives built on a more generous split with publishers. There has obviously been a lot to talk about in this new rivalry, from Steam’s response,…

A Time for Hope

In a country already set ablaze, and with flames still burning in the background, French president Emmanuel Macron made his intentions clear: “We will rebuild… altogether… it is part of our French destiny… because that is what our history deserves.” And in that somber moment, Macron reminded the world that hope always trumps despair, that…