Entries by Caribou Digital

The high capex cost of infrastructure

This from Benedict Evans weekly email: Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is willing to spend ‘billions’ to expand internet access in emerging markets. That’ll be interesting. Note that global mobile operator capex is somewhere over $200bn a year, or over double the entire internet advertising market. It’s his response to the news that Zuckerberg is prepared […]

Smartphone Only Countries

We’re usually a little sceptical of the claim of the rise of smart phones in emerging markets.  Sure, prices are crashing and adoption is growing fast, but is there a similar pace of adoption of the data services that make them more than just a pretty thing to hold in your hand?  Anecdotes abound of […]

FT/IFC Panel video

Here’s the video of the panel I participated in on how ICT is a game-changer, from the FT/IFC Transformational Business conference earlier this month.  More importantly, one of my fellow panellists was Nick Hughes, and as he as both M-Pesa and M-Kopa in his CV he’s always the most interesting person on any panel.   […]

FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards 2014

It’s that time of year again when I get to spend a couple of days with some fantastic people to judge the Financial Times/IFC Transformational Business Awards.  There’s a name change this year – in recognition of the phenomenal amount of innovation in the space we’ve moved away from ‘Sustainable Finance’ to talk more about […]

Shhh! We’re working…

It’s got a bit quiet.  Sorry.  Lots and lots going on. And all of it is exciting.  There’s a few fantastic projects coming together and other stuff we’ve just started on, and we’re expanding.  I’ll update as soon as I can. In the meantime, if you’re looking for something to read, Mary Meeker’s 2014 report […]

ICA Mobile Preconference 2014

Later this month in Seattle the great and good of the mobile social research world will assemble for the ICA Mobile Preconference.  I was lucky enough to attend last year when it was at the LSE, and enjoyed papers as diverse as research looking at how people retain messages and photos of loved ones on […]

2013 Brookings Blum Roundtable

Last August I was kindly invited to participate in the Brookings Blum Roundtable on the role of the private sector in international development.  It was a fantastic meeting and the proceedings have been published here. Notably the third tranch of the discussion revolved around the USA’s role in increasing private sector development and opportunities, which […]