Comment by harriet on Ask Rethink Priorities Anything (AMA) · 2020-12-17T16:15:51.045Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the detailed answer - this actually sounds pretty doable!

Comment by harriet on Ask Rethink Priorities Anything (AMA) · 2020-12-16T13:08:32.666Z · EA · GW

Hey Michael, 

This is a tangent to your tangent, but are you still based in Australia? If so, how do you find Rethink's remote by default set up with the time difference?

For context, I considered applying for the same role, but ultimately didn't because at the time I was stuck working from Australia with all my colleagues in GMT+0 timezone (thanks covid), and the combination of daytime isolation/late night meetings were making me pretty miserable. Is Rethink better at managing these issues? 


Comment by harriet on We're Lincoln Quirk & Ben Kuhn from Wave, AMA! · 2020-10-30T10:40:56.231Z · EA · GW

Great answer, thank you! 

Comment by harriet on We're Lincoln Quirk & Ben Kuhn from Wave, AMA! · 2020-10-29T01:22:37.764Z · EA · GW

Hi Lincoln and Ben, thanks for doing this!

I'm interested on your perspective on the magnitude of the cost of 'learning to do business in Africa', relative to the potential impact of a start-up like Wave. Was ease of doing business a consideration when you were thinking about whether this idea had legs? Was it a factor in choosing which countries to operate in? 

I think private sector development in Africa seems quite promising from an EA perspective, but non-financial barriers to entry make this path significantly less accessible (especially for non-citizens). I am a foreigner working for the government in Ghana, and my impression from friends in the private sector is that improving transparency and simplicity of regulatory processes (business registration, paying taxes etc.) is super important. 

However, I don't have a good sense of how important 'ease of doing business' is relative to other barriers (eg. access to capital), or whether these barriers are significant enough to prevent start-ups getting off the ground in the first place. I realise this is all quite difficult to quantify but I'm keen to hear your thoughts!