Venture Capital in Emerging Markets: SuperApp Wars, SPACs - Sarah Chen
Impact Investing, Impact Washing, Investment, Philanthropy
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In today’s Billion Dollar Moves Breakdown, we bust some myths on the emerging markets and venture capital with THE emerging markets analyst, Mikal Khoso, VC at Wavemaker Partners, a cross border venture capital firm dual headquartered in Los Angeles and Singapore and has raised over $580M across multiple funds.

– GoTo, Grab, Shopee – who will win in this multi-billion e-commerce showdown?
– Primetime Emerging Markets: the opportunity for digitization, leapfrogging
– The secret sauce of emerging markets
– Byjus, the best kept secret in edtech?
– SPACs: Real deal or a cover for the lack of fundamentals

More about Mikal (@mikalkhoso):
Mikal is based in LA with Wavemaker, focused on sourcing new deals, collaborating with partners on diligence and further iterating on the investment process and tech stack. He writes a popular weekly newsletter Emergent on the fastest-growing businesses in emerging markets. (

Prior to joining Wavemaker Mikal was a partner at First Round’s Dorm Room Fund, a student-led venture firm that invests exclusively in student-founded companies. In his time at Dorm Room Fund he led two investments that have collectively raised $45 million in follow on funding. Prior to that he was an Associate at Underscore VC in 2017 where he led two investments as well that collectively have raised $40 million in funding.

Prior to that he worked at the New Ventures Team at Northeastern University, a corporate innovation team tasked with building Edtech companies for the university. Mikal graduated with a B.S. in Economics and Philosophy from Northeastern University.