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Conversations about venture capital, private equity, long-term investing, and business-building in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. The Portico Podcast is produced by Portico Advisers, LLC, and is hosted by Portico’s founder, Mike Casey (on Twitter @mcaseyjr). Visit www.porticoadvisers.com to learn more and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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Conversations about venture capital, private equity, long-term investing, and business-building in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. The Portico Podcast is produced by Portico Advisers, LLC, and is hosted by Portico’s founder, Mike Casey (on Twitter @mcaseyjr). Visit www.porticoadvisers.com to learn more and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

    Accion Venture Lab's Amee Parbhoo on Early-stage Fintech

    Accion Venture Lab's Amee Parbhoo on Early-stage Fintech

    In this edition, I speak with Amee Parbhoo, Managing Partner of Accion Venture Lab, a leading global seed-stage investor in inclusive fintech startups. Accion Venture Lab is part of Accion, the pioneering nonprofit that has been investing in financial inclusion for the last six decades.

    I was excited to speak with Amee because she’s on the front lines of identifying technologies that expand access to capital and financial services.

    In addition to getting an update on the fintech landscape, I was particularly keen to hear Amee’s thoughts on how she sees the sector evolving — from one in which fintechs enabled the provision of traditional financial services, to one where startups are developing vertical-specific solutions with embedded finance.

    Amee shares a few of the verticals and themes she’s particularly excited about, as well as a superb book recommendation … one of my favorites, in fact.

    Thanks, as always, for listening.

    I hope you enjoy this episode — and if you do, you should share it with friends, and if you feel so inclined, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts so that more listeners can discover this type of content.

    This podcast was recorded in April 2023.

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    Learn more about Accion Venture Lab

    Read the Center for Financial Inclusion’s report Green Inclusive Finance

    Grab a copy of Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers

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    Music credit: Daniel Allan, “Too Close” released on Sound. You can learn more about Daniel’s community-owned DAO that underwrote his latest EP here.

    (Disclosure: In addition to the “Too Close” NFT, Portico’s founder Michael Casey owns $OVERSTIM tokens, as well as many other music NFTs; one of his Sound collector profiles is available here).

    • 40 min
    Deals! with FT Corporate Finance & Deals Editor Arash Massoudi

    Deals! with FT Corporate Finance & Deals Editor Arash Massoudi

    In this edition, I speak with Arash Massoudi, Corporate Finance and Deals editor with the Financial Times in London, and also the co-creator of the FT’s must-read newsletter on deal-making: Due Diligence.

    I wanted to bring Arash on to get a sense of how the world’s most voracious deal-makers are viewing the global landscape: who wins and loses in a world of rising rates, deglobalization, and climate concerns.

    I also wanted to chat with Arash about some of the phenomenal scoops he’s generated over the last decade, including Masa Son and SoftBank’s Vision Fund, Elon Musk and the “funding secured” fiasco, the rise of sports as an investment vertical, and many others. With his eye for a scoop, I wanted to see if we might get a bead on where the next big story might pop.

    Given his role launching Due Diligence and Scoreboard — the FT’s newsletter focused on the business of sport — I wanted get into the topic of newsletters and the rise of Substack, the significant businesses that newsletters have become in their own right, and how the medium itself shapes the production and consumption of journalistic content.

    Thanks, as always, for listening. 
    I hope you enjoy this episode — and if you do, you should subscribe to the FT and the Due Diligence newsletter, and give Arash a follow on Twitter (@ArashMassoudi). And don’t forget to share it with friends and colleagues.

    This podcast was recorded in February 2023.
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    Read Arash’s latest stories with the FT.

    Sign up for FT’s premium newsletter Due Diligence and Scoreboard.

    Follow Arash on Twitter (@ArashMassoudi).

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    Music credit: Daniel Allan, “Too Close” released on Sound. You can learn more about Daniel’s community-owned DAO that underwrote his latest EP here.

    (Disclosure: In addition to the “Too Close” NFT, Portico’s founder Michael Casey owns $OVERSTIM tokens, as well as many other music NFTs; his Sound collector profile is available here).

    • 45 min
    Can Crypto Solve the $4 Trillion SME Financing Gap?

    Can Crypto Solve the $4 Trillion SME Financing Gap?

    I was recently invited to give a lightning talk on a topic that’s been capturing much of my mindspace of late: whether crypto can be a better technology for capital formation than legacy options, such as banks, capital markets, and non-bank financial intermediaries. 
    I’ve spent most of my adult life working on the problem of access to capital in the so-called ‘emerging’ and ‘developing’ economies. 
    So, I focused my presentation on the $4 trillion financing gap besetting small and medium-sized enterprises ( — or SMEs — ) in these markets.
    That said, I think an open, permissionless protocol for capital formation would be a boon to innovation and entrepreneurship everywhere.

    This episode re-records my presentation for an audio-first audience, and it hits four topics:
    The problem — what it is, where it is, and why it existsThe shortcomings of existing non-bank intermediaries (i.e., PE funds)Crypto's potential solutionThe challenges with implementing a crypto solutionIf you find this interesting / inspiring, then send Mike an email at mike@porticoadvisers.com.
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    Watch the presentation on YouTubeDownload a copy of the deckWatch The Evolution of Private Equity in Emerging Markets on YouTubeRead Mike’s post TrillionsListen to Roger Leeds on Private Equity & DevelopmentFollow Mike on Farcaster or Twitter
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    Music credit: Daniel Allan, “Too Close” released on Sound. You can learn more about Daniel’s community-owned DAO that underwrote his latest EP here.

    (Disclosure: In addition to the “Too Close” NFT, Portico’s founder Michael Casey owns $OVERSTIM tokens, as well as many other music NFTs; his Sound collector profile is available here).

    • 17 min
    A Brief Update from Mike

    A Brief Update from Mike

    What's going on? Why haven't I received a new episode?

    • 2 min
    Aleem Remtula on Investing in Refugees & Displaced Communities

    Aleem Remtula on Investing in Refugees & Displaced Communities

    In today’s episode, I speak with Aleem Remtula, a Partner on the private equity team at Developing World Markets.
    DWM is an impact investing firm that has invested debt and equity in over 200 companies across 70 countries over the last two decades.
    While this experience provides a broad canvas for discussion topics, the focus of my conversation with Aleem is DWM’s investments amongst refugees and displaced communities — a population that now exceeds 100 million people worldwide.
    I’m passionate about this topic — and the dignity of displaced persons — for many reasons, including the fact that my maternal grandparents were refugees. By the end of this show, I hope that you will be, too.
    In our discussion, Aleem shares some astonishing statistics and details that upend the conventional wisdom on what constitutes a displaced community. 
    He discusses the roles that investment can play in assisting these communities, the unique challenges they face with respect to financial inclusion, the role of gender equity in DWM’s Displaced Communities Fund, and much more.
    Like me, some listeners may wonder whether investing in refugees might result in predatory lending to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Aleem addresses this question head-on and he enumerates the safeguards DWM employs to ensure that it’s a responsible investor. So, listen in for a very thoughtful conversation.
    Aleem also provides some book recommendations — one of which I’ve already scooped up. You can find links to the books and other resources in the show notes.
    With that, I hope you enjoy this episode. And if you do, please share it with friends and colleagues.
    This podcast was recorded in September 2022.
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    Learn more about Developing World Markets.
    UNHCR: Global displacement hits another record, capping decade-long rising trend.
    World Bank, Forcibly Displaced: Toward a Development Approach Supporting Refugees, the Internally Displaced, and Their Hosts
    Aleem’s book recommendations:
    ·       Christine Mahoney, Failure and Hope: Fighting for the Rights of the Forcibly Displaced
    ·       Dina Nayeri, The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You
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    Music credit: Daniel Allan, “Too Close” released on Sound. You can learn more about Daniel’s community-owned DAO that underwrote his latest EP here.

    (Disclosure: In addition to the “Too Close” NFT, Portico’s founder Michael Casey owns $OVERSTIM tokens, as well as many other music NFTs; his Sound collector profile is available here).

    • 55 min
    The Four Dynamics Shaping Global Private Markets

    The Four Dynamics Shaping Global Private Markets

    What are the most important dynamics shaping the global private markets industry today?

    I would highlight four:
    Primary fundraising is extremely challenging
     Consolidation is transforming the strategic landscape
     The difficult macro environment is necessitating novel liquidity solutions
     Crypto is emerging as an institutional asset classThese four dynamics present urgent and existential risks to fund managers, and they demand immediate action.

    This episode shares the Portico house view.
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    Download the report The Four Dynamics Shaping Global Private Markets here.

    Download the data-rich slides on the four dynamics here.

    Download the Insider's Guide to Raising a Fund at www.porticoadvisers.com/pitchbook.

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    Music credit: Daniel Allan, “Too Close” released on Sound. You can learn more about Daniel’s community-owned DAO that underwrote his latest EP here.

    (Disclosure: In addition to the “Too Close” NFT, Portico’s founder Michael Casey owns $OVERSTIM tokens, as well as many other music NFTs; his Sound collector profile is available here).

    • 15 min

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