Making Sense of ICOs: The $100M Seed Investment

For the most parts, ICOs sound and look like the modern day gold rush. An ICO or an Initial Coin Offering is the imperfect blend of an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and Crowd Funding. Although it’s been in existence for the last 4-5 years, it started gaining colossal popularity in 2017. For instance, just last year companies like Tezos raised $232M, Filecoin raised $257M, Bancor…

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The case for self-awareness and humility in entrepreneurship

If you spend a few minutes reading online advice to entrepreneurs, one thing becomes clear from the start – entrepreneurs are encouraged to be arrogant. ‘Fake it till you make it’ ‘You can be often wrong, but never uncertain’ ‘You have to be your own walking billboard’ ‘Steve Jobs was arrogant’ And the list goes on and on. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Start-up…

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Why we started Minenergy

Throughout history, every great breakthrough often came with negative consequences and side effects. It’s the same story with blockchain. The technology has the potential to revolutionise every industry it comes into contact with. But the current excitement pertaining to quick profits with cryptocurrencies is causing many early adoptors to overlook the side effects that come with such a disruptive breakthrough. Ever since Bitcoin mania entered…

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Finding Your Calling (From the 110th National Day Address)

Having recently endured a month of rehabilitation from continuous work, I was in dire need for some powerful inspiration to tackle 2018 with a renewed sense of calling. And the 110th National Day address by His Majesty the King of Bhutan was exactly that. I’m sure that I speak for everyone who witnessed (or in my case, listened on the radio as we ascended towards…

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My MaGIC talk

While a massive part of marketing depends on hard data and empirical analysis, today’s customers crave personal connections with the brands they interact with. For the budding technology startups in Southeast Asia, it is easy to get muffled in the unit-economics game, but the real race begins at the start of a customer’s journey. Every company is more than the products and services they sell…

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