Curbing dishonesty in Tunisia

I am not talking here about some of the ineffective moralistic campaigns conducted by some non profits and political parties. I am referring to the work of Daniel Ariely and other scientists looking at behavior economics and how their conclusions can apply to the Tunisian context. The first good news is that, when the frequency …

The Little Dictionary of the Arab Spring

From my latest WIP book ‘The Little Dictionary of the Arab Spring” 😀 “ASS: Acronym. Stands for Arab Spring Superstar. May refer to a person from Arab origin, not necessarily living in the Arab world, under 35, who achieved fame after the “Arab Spring”, a wave of demonstrations and riots that began in Tunisia in …

Principles

I am currently reading “Principles” by Ray Dalio. It is available for free on the Bridgewater website but you can also download it here: Bridgewater-Associates-Ray-Dalio-Principles Ray tries to write down the principles that he’s been following in his life and in his investment approach, resulting in one of the most successful and credible hedge funds worldwide. …

Celebrating Failures

I took a personality test a while ago and one of the questions was surprisingly something like :“if you meet an entrepreneur, i) would you ask him about his achievements and success or ii) would you ask him about his background and failures” and my answer was definitely the latter ( I don’t know what …

5 days in DPRK

Looking at the title I just put, maybe I should have called it ” 5 crazy things  I saw in North Korea” or ” 10 pictures the North Korea government does not want you to see” and other “North Korean porn” we see on the internet. I would have got some extra hundreds of views …

Entrepreneurship in hard places

I took this excellent online class given by a Princeton professor (what a nerdy way to start posts by the way), called “Making Government Work in Hard Places” . The class tries to capture patterns and lessons learned from public policy experiences in “hard places” – counties, states and districts choked with weak institutions, corruption and rotten bureaucracies (I …

Some thoughts on Venture Capital

I used to be fascinated by Venture Capital. I used to think that being a venture capitalist is in fact being a vital supporter of entrepreneurs in making their ideas happen. They are the spark, the enablers, the believers. I loved the classes of Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance I took during my MBA, four …

2016

Well …I have to say, I am not super proud of my productivity on this blog for the past couple of years. I could only write seven posts in 2015, although I did publish an article in an “official” peer-reviewed journal that took me quite some time (beside my full-time job that is). The co-author of …

Investor's Perspective on Green Microfinance

Quite a great step for me as a humble “practitioner” to be published in a “Entreprise Development & Microfinance – an international journal”, with my colleague Desmond Fortes, here Abstract: The dialogue in green microfinance has been dominated so far by academics or donors mainly working on grant-based projects and studies. The view of investors is …