Why Hatcher Loves Emerging Markets

Last week, I visited our new partners in the beating heart of South America - Sao Paulo and Rio.  And while I knew I was entering a large population center, I was unprepared for how large it actually was, and lacked the tools to understand how large Brazil's commercial cities were on a comparative basis. So I went looking, and found this:


I think this d3 visualization, by Adam Pearce of Bloomberg in NY, does a terrific job of illustrating not only the obviously population-rich places like China and India, but other massive markets like Indonesia, Japan, Iran, Egypt, the Philippines, and Central Africa.

Also of interest: individual centers such as Istanbul, Moscow, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo - and the cluster centers of Western Africa and the Levant.

The map also provides a satisfying level of support for our emerging markets strategy - and a strong indicator (see yellow box, parked above Mumbai in the above graphic) as to why Hatcher's India-based portfolio companies (EatAds, SocialCops) have chosen that market as their focus - and why several of our other companies are looking now to Indonesia - and Brazil.

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John Sharp

John is a serial entrepreneur and investor, and the co-founding Partner of Hatcher+, a data-driven, globally-focused venture investment platform based in Singapore. In addition to leading capital raising and deal syndication, he is the visionary and architect behind the Hatcher Stack, the company's proprietary research and technology platform. Over the past five years, John has led numerous venture investments in early-stage companies, including ASYX, DocDoc, Dropsuite, Heardable, Invit, Inzen Studio, SocialCops, ThoughtRiver, and Telr - and syndicated over US$100Mn of additional debt and equity co-investment. IPOs and trade sales in which he was acted for the majority shareholder include Dropsuite (ASX:DSE) and Inzen Studio (ASX:ICI). His M&A work includes the merger of payment leader Telr with Dubai-based Innovate Payments, and the merger of Singapore-based companies DocDoc, and DoctorPage. Prior to co-founding Hatcher, John founded cybersecurity technology leader Authentium (acquired by CYREN in 2010), and acted as a director for global payments aggregator Mozido, and an advisor to Africa-based Gateway Communications, satellite technology developer MDS America, Kuwait-based Internet marketplace Sheeel.com, and Orion Partners, a $2B private equity fund manager based in Hong Kong.

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