My domain name for www.imcoac.com finally expired. And I’ve recently been convinced of the idea of having a failure resume. So it’s high time to reflect.

imcoac — an admittedly confusing acronym-abbreviation (?) for Improving Counterparty Access — was the social impact startup I founded in spring 2019 upon moving back home to Toronto. The idea was to strengthen and support the Canadian small business sector by capitalizing on the growing Search Fund trend.

The context was…

At the World Bank, I was frequently exposed to economic research pointing to SMEs as an integral part of a healthy economy— research now increasingly ubiquitous…


20 lessons from my favorite read in 2020

Below are wisdoms drawn from Morgan Housel’s The Psychology of Money. If we know each other and you would like to borrow a copy, just let me know!

  1. A genius with poor emotional control can be a financial disaster. An ordinary person with a handful of behavioral traits can be wealthy.
  2. Every person has unique experiences that shape their views about money. What makes no sense to you might be completely rational for someone else. You don’t know what they know. Don’t judge their monetary decisions based on your worldview.
  3. Not all…


Peek into Wole Soyinka’s poetry, and ancient West African wisdom

Illustration c/o OpenCanada.org

It’s been exactly 1 year since I moved back home to Toronto from what was three-year whirlwind of an adventure between Lagos, Johannesburg, and Washington DC.

Somewhere along those three years, my reading tastes evolved from Michael Lewis and Gladwell, all the way to escapist fiction of Amin Maalouf.


Visualizing 2018 municipal voting results in Toronto’s Don Valley East ward by voting location

COVID-19 has affected us all in different ways. Many are facing financial challenges. Many are risking their health to prevent catastrophe. Many yet are quarantined at home and getting used to a new lifestyle.

Some in the last category are staying sane by focusing on the silver lining — spending more quality time with loved ones, constructing home workout programs, trying new recipes and online courses. Others are keeping their eyes peeled for the daily political press conferences, and monitoring what’s left of their savings portfolios. Some are driven closer to the edge of madness as they learn about a…


The three-pointer’s final form

“To three, or not to three.” — Prince Hamlet, as he contemplates letting it fly

If you don’t care for theatrics, the TL;DR version of this thing is basically just the two charts at the bottom.

It was a typical Monday evening pickup session at the Syrian Club in Ikoyi. The cardio was good. The three-point shooting was bad.

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