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Carving up the Gecko

Carving up the Gecko

by June 1, 2015 at 6:30 am 0 comments

At Core we’ve been getting more and more excited about insurance – not too worry, we’re not becoming actuaries anytime soon – and the potential for start-ups to disrupt that incredibly boring, but entirely gigantic whole industry. I owe a special gratitude to Thomas Smyth – who dropped into Core on a lark…

Disrupting Auto Finance

by October 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm 0 comments

Last year, I woke up to the sleeping giant of auto finance. Over the last decade, we’ve witnessed an explosion of startups building software that dramatically cuts inefficiencies in the exchange of information, goods, and services – disrupting industry incumbents in the process. In the last year, Silicon Valley is finally turning its attention to […]

Ford Foundation on how markets can create “justice”

by September 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm 0 comments

The Ford Foundation released this video today, on our venture fund, Core Innovation Capital, and how our portfolio company, Progreso, makes an impact on consumers lives, while delivering market returns.  Very nicely done piece – and we’re proud to be featured.  Check it out:

Respek for Babak Armajani

Respek for Babak Armajani

by June 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm 0 comments

There are, no doubt, many influences that play out on anyone’s career.  No different for me.  One of my most important ones was Babak Armajani.  He died a year ago, today. Babak had nothing to do with financial services for the emerging middle class, economic development, or financial inclusion.  To make things worse, perhaps, he was […]

Diverse Perspectives

Diverse Perspectives

by April 17, 2014 at 6:25 pm 0 comments

I go to more conferences than are good for me.  And if you’re like me, you don’t attend many sessions, and you meet with the same cast of characters.  I have two suggestions on breaking those rules.  If you read this blog, I’d argue there are two must-do conference on your calendar: Money2020 (in October) […]

VIDEO: Spent – Amex and Participant take on financial inclusion

by March 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm 0 comments

Amex’ visionary Dan Schulman is marshaling that giant to embrace financial inclusion in very real ways, not just a philanthropic or PR side show.  On the PR side, though, they have partnered with the guys behind Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman (Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media), to create a short documentary on the Emerging Middle […]

What’s The Big Idea?

by October 4, 2013 at 11:52 am 0 comments

Perhaps I’m just simpleminded, but one of the most important things I look for in a company is the ability to summarize the problem they are solving in one sentence.  Often, at the outset, I’m less interested in solutions than problems; I want to be asked a question that stops me in my tracks.  At […]

Susu Sudio: Shared Savings

by April 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm 0 comments

Finding new ways to spend money you do and don’t have makes up the two largest segments in consumer finance: payments and credit, respectively.  Finding new ways to save money – for a large purchase, a rainy day – is a barren landscape.  Of course, saving is like flossing your teeth: you know you should, […]

The Underbanked Mega Challenge is here!

The Underbanked Mega Challenge is here!

by March 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm 0 comments

The past two years Core Innovation Capital has issued a national challenge for who makes the most innovative product or service serving the emerging middle class, aka the un- and underbanked, the cash-preferred, the credit underserved.  Sign up here at This year, we’re improving and expanding.  It’s not just a Challenge; it’s a Mega Challenge. […]

Underbanked Wish List

by January 25, 2013 at 12:39 am 0 comments

Goal and resolutions?  Too personal. Predictions for this coming year? Too much pressure. Post mortem on last year? Too boring. So, instead, here is my wish list for our industry for the year of the Snake. An Iconic Brand. Confidence in banking is at historic lows.  Perception of alternative financial services are even lower.  I would like […]