ABOUT ME

Hi, I'm Adil Wali. I became a Microsoft certified professional at age 14, started my first web development company, and never looked back. Since then, I've been a founder, advisor, and investor to a number of startups in the world of fashion, e-commerce, and education technology.

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TEAMS

I BUILD THEM

Nothing is more important than the team of an early-stage company. I’ve spent most of my career thinking about how to structure the most successful teams.

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PRODUCTS

I ENVISION THEM

Gone are the days when winning was about ‘being able to build something.’ Today, the holistic user-experience matters more than everything else. I am addicted to it.

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SYSTEMS

I ARCHITECT THEM

I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of amazing companies and projects that have scaled quickly. I’ve learned a tremendous amount of scaling systems gracefully and how to prioritize tough technical tradeoffs.

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STRATEGY

I CRAFT IT

When I first started building companies, there weren’t so many people doing it. Today, the hyper-competitive landscape and reduced barriers-to-entry make strategy a requirement to building a lasting business.

THOUGHTS

I write for me; not for you. I am not a huge fan of pontificating. Most of what I write here is to solidify a lesson-learned or to clarify my coalescing thoughts.

September 11, 2019

Protected: These Valuations Make No Sense, Part 1

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September 6, 2019

Payment Solutions in the S&P 500

To me, there are two business models that work at-scale in consumer internet. The first is advertising and the second is payments. I was thinking recently […]
September 4, 2019

Tradewars and Bitcoin — Part 3

Why Crypto? Easy money through loose monetary policy and increased trade war pressure have created a credibility problem for central banks and governments behind major national […]
August 31, 2019

Tradewars and Bitcoin — Part 2

In the first part of this series, I covered the basis of China and a national Cryptocurrency. In this part, I’ll cover bitcoin as an alternative […]
August 26, 2019

Tradewars and Bitcoin — Part 1

When explaining bitcoin’s latest run of price appreciation, several analysts emphasized concerns surrounding the trade war, contending that economic uncertainty was driving investors to the digital […]
August 16, 2019

Gold in a world of uncertainty

Gold prices are continuing higher this week after reversing earlier weakness. This strength is being propelled by a weaker dollar, lower demand for risky assets, and […]

COMPANIES

I start, advise, and invest in companies. I believe in starting one company at a time. I don't invest very much. When I do, I look for companies that I can impact through advisorship.