Dustyn Winder

VC, Entrepreneur, and Gadfly in Kampala, Uganda

Dustyn Winder

VC, Entrepreneur, and Gadfly in Kampala, Uganda

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I'm a husband / dad / strategist / investor / entrepreneur who's ceaselessly curious about the world. Generally speaking, when not chasing a toddler, I'm reading, writing or thinking about innovative science + technology, economics + emerging markets, and HUGE ideas for BIG problems. (I also really dig adventure, the NBA, European football, things that go fast, and SciFi.)

The path I've taken to satiate this curiosity throughout my life has been, to vastly understate it, meandering.

I've started a education non-profit in Uganda, consulted for African think tanks, PE funds, and mega-foundations, led a digital media startup, and advised campaigns, social enterprises + advocacy organizations.

Currently, I'm co-managing partner at akili group (vc, studio, r+d) an NYC + Kampala based early stage fund manager, venture studio, and intelligence platform, working to connect people + problems to capital + markets. I’m also advising a number of African start-ups working in fields ranging from fintech to healthcare, and noodling on ideas alongside my wife, including a multi-pronged advocacy organization of socially conscious millennial parents.

The bottom line is this: My life and career to date have taken me all over this spaceship we call Earth, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm ever on the move and constantly interested in smart people doing crazy cool things. So, if you've stuck around this long, let's chat. Oh, and I just joined the Summit community, so if you'll be at LA18 this November, definitely reach out.

-DW

  • Work
    • akili.vc
  • Education
    • University of Tennessee