Posts by Nate Gonzalez
The Great Equalizer: How advances in “big data” allow tech-savvy start-ups to compete with the major players in East Africa
Thanks to the availability of fast, inexpensive data, start-ups with technology-enabled models can create scaled products and innovate much faster, smarter, and more cheaply than incumbent institutions. Accion Venture Lab’s Nate Gonzalez discusses why this is particularly relevant to the SME lending space in East Africa.
Remittances from migrant communities have huge social and economic impacts on emerging markets, accounting for over a third of GDP in some countries. But the market has only experienced incremental levels of innovation over the years. Now, according to Nate Gonzalez at Accion Venture Lab, more nuanced business models are emerging, including some that offer in-kind transfers like gift vouchers or bill payments rather than cash.