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BHI’s recent spate of investments in health tech in East and West Africa aim to empower great people with technology

Not long ago in Nairobi, it took an average of 162 minutes to get to a hospital if you called an ambulance — before doctors even started working. Why? The answer is not traffic. Despite there being more than 100 private, public and Red Cross-owned vehicles, a patient in an…


Blue Haven Initiative is excited to welcome our new Senior Associate, Hari Joy. Hari will work on Blue Haven’s ventures team, sourcing and diligencing new companies and working on portfolio management and post-investment support for the existing portfolio. …


Two weeks ago, this Sequoia post was ahead of the curve. Kenya hadn’t yet experienced its first confirmed case and the US was still mocking the preliminary asks to limit in-person gatherings and think about self-quarantine. Since March 5, most of us have had a significant shift in our perception…


2019 was a year to remember, but not because we achieved any particularly heady milestones. No new companies closed, no IPOs. Everything was overvalued and few businesses had a focus on profitability AND scale. It was a year of doing the work, supporting portfolio companies, evaluating follow on rounds. We…


This article first appeared on NextBillion.Net in March 2019.

News of Bill McGlashan’s downfall has sparked all kinds of commentary — and a fair amount of schadenfreude. After the founder and CEO of TPG’s multi-billion dollar Rise Fund was ensnared in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal, charged in a…


This article first appeared on NextBillion.net in October 2019.

In [northern hemisphere] spring 2019, the investment committee at Blue Haven Initiative’s Ventures team raised a painful question: Did we miss the boat? Running an in-house venture fund, my team had made only one new investment in 2018 (Shortlist). …


When I sat down to write this blog, I did some free word association with our portfolio company names and the events of the year. Because I’m more a math person than a words person, I used a couple of the same words over and over — mostly “craziness” (good…


Part II of a Multipart Series

This is a follow up to my first post last week. Since that post which I was hoping would reduce time for coffee chats, I’ve gotten more than two dozen cold LinkedIn requests for coffee chats. Not exactly the outcome for which I’d hoped…


Part I of a Multipart Series

I get 4–5 requests to do an informational interview/coffee chat/career session per week. I hate saying no, but this time adds up and I often say the same things over and over again. I can get a little crabby about it, so rather than…


2017 is over. I’m eagerly awaiting the New Year, but grateful for how much this one taught me. I rolled into 2017 fresh off a trip to visit friends in India during which Trump cruised to a troubling victory and the Government of India slammed demonetization on its people, all…

Lauren

Managing Director @_BlueHaven. Tech driven biz models in Africa w/impact + returns. #impinv since 2009, #hoyasaxa & @wharton MBA. Opinions mine!

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