Dustyn Winder


I'm a dad slash entrepreneur slash investor who can't sit still.

Generally speaking, when not chasing a rowdy little boy or building new businesses, I'm reading, writing, thinking or, too often, tweeting about economics and emerging markets, the future of cities, money, and work, or the health of the planet, food, and people. I also really dig adventure travel, the NBA, European football, things that go fast, philosophy, and SciFi.

I am a partner and co-founder at Akili, a venture development company in Africa. We reframe problems into opportunities and build incredible products and businesses alongside the continent's most forward-thinking entrepreneurs, investors, and corporates.

I'm always interested in smart people doing super rad things. So, if you're still reading, let's chat.




Akili is a full-stack venture builder. We build businesses, internally and with strategic partners, and help global investors to build, scale, and support African portfolios.

We are a team of exceptional entrepreurs, operators and product people, and are backed by a network of investors and strategic stakeholders to identify problems, discover opportunities, build, test, iterate, and spin-out companies that are uniquely African with global ambition.


@dswinder's (my) future positive side projects, investments, grants + holdings.

Let's at least leave good bones for our kids to build on.

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Kafunda means "small place" in Luganda. It's the neighborhood shop where beers are drunk, shop is talked, deals are made, community is built, issues are quashed.

This is the revived newsletter (fingers crossed soon to be podcast) by Akili founding partner, Dustyn Winder, to muse, insight, put forward hypotheses, and occasionally, maybe (i.e. likely) ruffle feathers, on Africa's business ecosystems.