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A quick take on the JGXLabs

I was first introduced to JJGeewax at the Developing Caribbean Open Data Conference held earlier this year at the University of the West Indies by Matthew McNaughton, Founder of Slashroots Foundation and co-producer of the conference. After that, JJ and I traded we-must-meet up-and-chat emails with him, then I was included

  • David

    If you can’t see where you have been offensive you’re rather dark.

    Jamaica doesn’t need your unsolicited advice or your crab in a barrel mentality.

  • 🙂 David. Can you point out where did you find “maliicious” and “offensive” so that I can address that. I am unsure. In response to referring to his partners as an entourage, I spoke to JJ about this and he agreed and told me WHY he did that here in Jamaica. I am very aware of who his partners are and I named them correctly in the top of my post as well. Both of whom I highly respect from what little I know of them. I told him that walking with an entourage meaning all of this business partners in tow is NOT necessarily a good idea and in fact in some instances as I know for sure it has worked against him.
    I wrote a very balanced and very positive post actually for JJ and JGXLabs, so I am not sure through which lens you may be viewing this.

  • Thanks Rodney, I soooo wish them alot of success…I want them all to succeed so much. It is for everyone to make full use of.

  • Rodney

    Ingrid,
    as always..solid straight stuff.

    I’m happy that this has received some spotlight and press, it is for everyone to maximize on it as much as possible.

    Good luck to JJ, the participants and the JA tech scene.

  • David

    I follow your blog. This is the first time that I have read anything that could be said to be malicious and offensive.

    You also seem to be lashing out against his partners who who have described as an entourage. I am unsure why.

    JJ is not Jamaican he would need local partners. Also what is his relationship with his partners?

    You seem to be casting aspersions without all of the facts and background information.

  • Hey Shannon, yes thanks for your comments. In answering to your questions

    1. What are the other tech startups which have received investments from overseas investors who came briefly and then left as you say?
    Unfortunately I cannot offer an answer beyond one that has made it public….and that is Bakari DIgital Labs. I spoke with Khary who told me that those investors are actually still in Jamaica and are actively investing in other Tech and Non-Tech companies.

    2. Is JJ giving input to the Bank of Jamaica’s Venture Capital plans?
    I do not know if he has been asked to weigh in on the Development Bank of Jamaica’s Venture Capital Plans.But it doesn’t hurt to have it.

  • Very well said, Ingrid!

    I didn’t know that it was a 3 month program but that certainly makes sense and reduces the overall risk of this venture. It’ll also spark people to get entries ready to enter next year’s batch

    Your advice to JJ is strong and opinionated but it’s certainly true. I hope that he adds his own experience and flavour to your advice and maintains the transparency that we have become so used to with regards to tech startups from Silicon Valley

    A few questions:

    1. What are the other tech startups which have received investments from overseas investors who came briefly and then left as you say?

    2. Is JJ giving input to the Bank of Jamaica’s Venture Capital plans?

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