I am back in San Francisco, and after a 3 month hiatus, on-line again.
I have moved home to work for a technology venture capital firm.
I am excited to be back and happy to be closer to my family. It's nice to taste good wine and to ski and surf again.
My return to the U.S. is not an abandonment of the beliefs or interests that caused me to go overseas. I remain deeply interested in India, in economic development and emerging markets, in social enterprise and microfinance. However, I came home because I had an opportunity to learn new things at a place that was too good to pass up.
My work involves a mixture of the disciplines I've been involved with for the last three years, but on a very different playing field. I'm still in the business of financing companies, still working with entrepreneurs, but now it's with entrepreneurs who are global thought leaders in technology, and who aim to change the world on a massive commercial, not necessarily social, scale.
With my move came the need for a new blog. I am no longer a banker, nor in India. My posts from the Bay Area will differ from those on the Sub-continent.
The new site name, graylightning, is a metaphor for the biology behind the act of thinking - The electrical impulses that pass through synapses in our cerebral cortex, the gray matter that forms the largest part of our brains. Chemical synapses in this gray fiber allow neurons in our central nervous systems to form interconnected circuits. On these circuits run the biological computations that underlie perception and thought.*
As I try to capture the ideas and experiences that flash through my synapses and find their way on to this virtual page, the topics may range wildly, but will reflect my long standing interests: Curiosity for new places, companies, ideas and technologies, and a passion to continue exploring our increasingly interconnected, but immensely diverse planet.
I no longer have India as a canvas, and there are few places that can inspire as much story-telling as a developing country, but San Francisco is a nice landing pad from which to re-launch. There is no shortage of creativity, intelligence or change here.
I will try to post as often as I can, daily, if possible. I will write to keep you, and me, entertained.
Thanks for reading.
* Adapted from Wikipedia.