Category: Product or innovation

Replicating M-Pesa: Mobile and Cloud Technology Spur Innovation in Financial Inclusion

Editor’s Note: This post appeared on, and is one in a series of articles highlighting innovations for financial inclusion. It was first published on the Ashoka Changemakers blog as part of the G20 Financial Inclusion challenge. Part one of the series can be found here. To learn more about Acumen’s efforts in financial inclusion, read about our[…..]

Sell At Least a Million

For many years I have been a vocal advocate for what I call the “Don’t Bother Trilogy” in the practice of design, which states:
1. If you haven’t had good conversations with at least 25 customers before you start 2. If the product or service you design doesn’t pay for itself three times in the first[…..]

Creating Variety in Cookstoves

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the Villgro Fellows Blog, on March 7.
“There is no ‘one size fits all’ strategy.”
Another Villgro Fellow Nilima recently referred me to this post from the Acumen Fund Blog by Sean Moore, which discussed the fact that it is so difficult to find an improved cook[…..]