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Economic Moats – For Early-Stage Tech Startups (Presentation)

This presentation distills the essence of the following blog posts into a presentation format. The target audience is early-stage startup founders, and investors. Economic Moats Blog Post Series Network Effects Switching Costs Intangibles Efficient Scale, and Cost Advantages Connecting The Dots #OpposingViewpoints: Do Economic Moats Happen By Accident?

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How To Make Africa More Innovative And Entrepreneurial

Note: This blog post is a consolidation of a 4-part series I wrote for Tekedia. They were published between June 10, 2012 and July 22, 2012. This version is substantially identical to the originals from which it is compiled, with only non-material updates. My exam is behind me now, and I can turn my attention […]

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Revisiting What I Know About Efficient Scale, Cost Advantages, & Early Stage Technology Startups

This is the fourth post in my series of blog posts on economic moats. I have already written about Network Effects, Switching Costs, and Intangibles. In this post I will discuss how Cost Advantages and Efficient Scale might develop as an early stage startup travels through the discovery phase of its life-cycle. 1Any errors in appropriately […]

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How Studying Bankruptcy And Working On Two Turnaround Assignments Prepared Me To Become An Early Stage Venture Capitalist

  When I started business school at NYU Stern in the fall of 2005 my plan centered on taking every class in Bankruptcy & Reorganization, and Distressed Investing that I could. I took 3 elective classes in that area; Bankruptcy & Reorganization with Prof. Ed Altman, Case Studies in Bankruptcy & Reorganization with Prof. Max […]

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Notes on Strategy; Where Does Disruption Come From?

Marc Andreessen’s brilliant explanation of @claychristensen‘s disruptive innovation theory in 15 tweets: pic.twitter.com/3ic1teQbRW — Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) June 24, 2015 Introduction You can imagine my surprise when I was browsing my Twitter feed one night last month and came across one of Marc Andreessen’s tweetstorms. This time he was tweeting about Clayton Christensen’s Theory of […]

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What Is Your Business Model?

“It is a B2B2C business model.” is generally not what I am hoping to hear when I ask “What is your business model?” #BusinessModelGeneration — Brian Laung Aoaeh (@brianlaungaoaeh) February 2, 2015 Invariably, when I am meeting the founder of a startup for the first time to discuss the possibility that KEC Ventures might invest […]

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