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Some SMEs are Elephants

What sets elephants apart: they grow fast, grow to be large, and are always impactful.

Four years ago the Zebra’s Fix What Unicorns Break “manifesto” was published by four visionary, frustrated women entrepreneurs tired of all the attention given to the venture capital quest of hunting unicorns. Unicorns are mythical animals and nearly all of the so-called unicorn startups have values (both financially and morally) based on myth if not the mythos of the founder. The definition of zebra: To state the obvious: unlike unicorns, zebras are real. Zebra companies are both black and white: they are profitable and improve society. They won’t sacrifice one for the other. Zebras are also mutualistic: by banding together…
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Luni Libes is a 29+ year serial entrepreneur and investor, most recently: Fledge, a global network of impact-oriented accelerators; Africa Eats, a pan-African holding company focused on feeding Africa; Realize Impact, a public charity making it easy for anyone to make an impact investment; and The Angel Accelerator, teaching early-stage ... Read more

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