I'm a dad / entrepreneur who can't sit still, and thus split my time between bustling Nairobi and the laid back hills of East Tennessee.
Generally speaking, when not wrestling a rowdy little boy or dominating another on Mario Kart (take no prisoners), I start businesses in Africa (mostly Kenya these days). Otherwise, I'm reading, writing, thinking, or too often tweeting about economics and emerging markets, CPG & D2C, food & bev, marketplaces, communities, cities, and technology. I also really dig travel, things that go fast, sports (NBA, F1, UEFA), philosophy, and SciFi.
I am a partner and co-founder at Akili, a Nairobi-based venture studio and holdco. We reframe problems, sniff out opportunities, and ultimately build a portfolio of exciting products and businesses alongside the continent's most energetic and talented people.
I'm always interested in smart people doing rad things, so if you're still reading, say hey.
Akili is a full-stack venture studio and holdco. We build products and businesses, internally and with strategic partners, and help global investors to grow and support African portfolios.
We are a team of energetic entrepreneurs, operators, and product people, 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.