Cathay Innovation & Seaya Ventures’ First Joint Investment in Latin America

By: Alexandre Lazarow, Pablo Pedrejón, Costanza Carissimo

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are the bedrock of most economies, representing about 90% of businesses and more than 50% of employment worldwide. …


Why founders in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere are leveraging SPACs to take their companies public

Co-authored with Allen Taylor (Endeavor Catalyst)

Photo by rupixen.com on Unsplash

Last month, Grab announced it would go public via SPAC. This is an incredible milestone in the world of SPACs (“Special Purpose Acquisition Companies), a sector that has exploded in the last two years. …


Earlier this year, we announced our investment leading the $20M Series B in Sidecar Health, a transformative health insurance company in the US.

Since then, the company has accelerated rapidly, and today is announcing a $125M round, led by Bond, Drive Capital and Menlo Ventures, with participation from Tiger, Greatpoint…


Entrepreneurship is the bedrock of the United States economy, with new small businesses responsible for all net new job creation in this country — a vital component that has proved more resilient in recessions and as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Entrepreneurship is also becoming a more popular career option…


The US healthcare system is broken. On one hand, it is the most expensive in the world, costing around $8,000 per person a year and representing over 17% of GDP. Compare that to the average of comparable countries from France, the UK, Norway and others — which is less than…


Illustration: Nick Sheeran

We’re entering the desert. Which would you rather be?

Even before the coronavirus shocked markets, the sheen was starting to fade from Silicon Valley’s obsession with finding, funding, and building the next unicorn — the valley’s nickname for startups valued at over a billion dollars. …


Originally posted December 2, 2015, on GSMA blog, and cross-posted to Omidyar Network.

Global access to power and clean water in emerging markets has long seemed unreachable. …


Repost of my CIO Outlook Magazine article: https://www.insuranceciooutlook.com/magazines/October2018/InsurTech_Startups/

In Silicon Valley, the typical narrative around any innovation follows a similar pattern: [Insert industry] has not changed in [Insert arbitrary large number] years. They are still using [insert choice of antiquated technology: fax machines, excel sheets, mainframe computers] to conduct their…


Repost of my TechCrunch piece: https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/27/the-innovation-supply-chain-how-ideas-traverse-continents-and-transform-economies/

Photo by Joshua Rawson-Harris on Unsplash

While Westerners often associate the invention of calculus with 17th century European luminaries like Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz, its theoretical foundations actually stretch back millennia. …


Repost of my Linkedin Piece: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/four-things-i-learned-entrepreneurship-from-84-year-old-lazarow-cfa/

Last year, my grandfather-in-law, Denis Daly, passed away. He lived 84 years, and in many ways had been living on borrowed time for the last 40 of those years, between diabetes, quadruple bypass heart surgery, multiple myeloma and so much more.

But oh, what…

Alexandre Lazarow

Global #VentureCapital @Cathayinnov, previously @OmidyarNetwork; author of Out-Innovate (HBR Press); professor @MIIS; outdoor enthusiast; raised on the Cdn

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