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Rob Eloff of Lateral Capital // the history and future of venture capital in Africa [CC066]

Rob Eloff of Lateral Capital // the history and future of venture capital in Africa [CC066]

Update: 2020-10-14
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Interview begins: 7:18
Debrief: 59:34

Rob Eloff has spent his career investing, living, and working in developing markets. Prior to co-founding Lateral Capital he was a Venture Partner with Conversion Capital and established Frontier Dawn Partners, an evergreen vehicle for capital deployment to early-stage, technology-enabled founding teams in sub-Saharan Africa. 
Rob started his career in capital markets at JP Morgan, Johannesburg, became an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and Investment Director at ACI. He spent ten years based in Johannesburg, Moscow, and London transitioning across hedge fund coverage and private equity buyout advisory in markets including sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. 
Rob holds a masters degree in finance from Cambridge University and a bachelor's degree with dual majors in philosophy and economics from the University of Cape Town.

Key points: 

  • South Africa over the years 9:22

  • BRICS 12:35

  • Philosophy and Finance 15:51

  • Is 10 years time horizon long enough? 17:17

  • Lateral Capital 19:51

  • Investing across countries 23:51

  • Difference and Similarities in investing in Africa to other countries 27:46

  • Scorecard in determining the next country 32:39

  • Lateral Capital looking for investments 36:59

  • Impact of financialization in Africa 50:23

Learn more about Lateral Capital: https://latcap.co Follow Rob Eloff:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-eloff-54991b72/ Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm

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Rob Eloff of Lateral Capital // the history and future of venture capital in Africa [CC066]

Rob Eloff of Lateral Capital // the history and future of venture capital in Africa [CC066]

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