“In dreaming about startup success, an entrepreneur must not forget that business is around numbers, so he/she has to be asking “how do we make the numbers work” and measuring success by tracking it through the right metrics…The metrics measured would accurately reflect underlying business performance and provide insights into why a company will succeed in reaching the vision. The numbers themselves will tell if the team is getting closer to, or is in the right direction to the ultimate goal.” — Jad El Jamous, “Creating The Future” Series (Part 2): A philosophy for Entrepreneurial Success, Purpose and Spirituality

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“Startups, by definition, traffic in the unknown…Business plans are, for founders, a futile-feeling exercise in predicting the future…Maybe there’s a better way: a plan which, instead of predicting your achievements and the results of those achievements, identifies the unknowns you plan to make known, aka the hypotheses you plan to validate…Startups advance by making the unknown known, using intuition and data to validate the building blocks of a business.” — Roy Bahat, Investor at Bloomberg Beta

Even though it’s a challenge for me to put the above argument so eloquently as Roy Bahat did, it’s part of ZOTA Ventures’ ethos…


In part 1, I looked at how technology has always brought possibilities of progress and how it can still bring more. I also extended my analysis to how technology can help reverse many current societal and environmental hardships, especially through abundance-creation and regenerative ecological design. I also pointed to a potential shift in mindset that helps take advantage of the tools we build. The following essay is about a deeper shift, the one that happens inside the mind of those creating the tools — otherwise called, in society, the entrepreneurs. …


If you want to read the intro, click here

From the appendices of Hanzi Freinacht’s book on Metamodern philosophy, the following idea is revealed:

“[Metamodernists] accept that all humans and other organisms have a connecting, overarching worldview, a great story or grand narrative (a religion, in what is often interpreted as being the literal sense of the word: something that connects all things) and therefore accept the necessity of a grande histoire, an overarching story about the world. The metamodernist has her own unapologetically held grand narrative, synthesizing her available understanding. …


This is the intro to a series which constitutes a metamodern thesis on the future of technological innovation and on the entrepreneurial mindset for success, purpose and spirituality.

For part 1: “Creating The Future Series (Part 1): Technologies Of Post-scarcity, Freedom and Ecology’, go here

For part 2: “Creating The Future Series (Part 2): A philosophy for Entrepreneurial Success, Purpose and Spirituality”, go here

I have always been fascinated with technology and the future. I could trace this hobby to a French children’s book I had at 11 years old called “Larousse Junior du Future” (translated to French from the…


There is this fascinating business notion in the venture world referred to by some VCs as the “idea maze”. I first came across it in a 2013 blog post by Chris Dixon of a16z, in which he presents the uncommon argument that ideas do in fact matter. What are good startup ideas? For Chris, they are “multi-year plans that contemplate many possible paths according to how the world changes.” Something that became clear to me as I got more exposed to early-stage startups is that the complexities of the market indeed transform a startup’s journey into multiple diverging paths with…


In a world of material abundance, what drives people is self-realization and the recognition given to us by others.

Founder self-expression pervades the venture world

Steve Blank recently posted an academic paper from NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. The research found that someone becoming an entrepreneur is largely attributed to a signaling imbalance to potential employers. The research proved that “Any individual has incentive to start his own venture if potential employers perceive his productive capacity as lower than he does”. Is entrepreneurship then largely about signaling to those same employers and everyone else that you are indeed capable and highly talented? I’ve personally…


The best entrepreneurs and venture capitalists know that a new startup’s main objective in its early days should be to reach product-market fit (PMF), a state where the business has found a compelling value hypothesis for one or more large segments of customers. While some investors hesitate to really define how to know a startup has reached PMF, others have defined it as a state where there is a fairly high amount of repeat purchases/usage and where existing customers are themselves creating referral traffic.

Marc Andreessen, Partner at a16z, puts it this way:

“The life of any startup can be…


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The first rule of successful startups is to simply make something people want, yet to go beyond that and follow Larry Page’s toothbrush test by asking “Is this something you will use once or twice a day, and does it make your life better?” is a sure method to build real value. Twitter and Medium co-founder Ev Williams explains this business-building mindset further: “Here’s the formula if you want to build a billion-dollar internet company. Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time….Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.”…


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In my last two lengthy posts (where I analyzed the computer vision, augmented reality and future human-computer interaction markets) I tried my best to paint a clear picture of where user interfaces are headed in the next decade. I drew the path from a world where smartphones and PC are the only devices we interact with, to a world of autonomous robotics and ubiquitous systems of intelligence.

The second post on HCI however, revolved around an intelligence “outside of us” that, unlike many predict, optimizes towards human augmentation — or the intelligence “inside of us”. Humanity has always dreamed of…

Humanity Sparks

A publication with research into venture strategy and…

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