Most emerging-market entrepreneurs probably are not aware of the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Fewer still are likely to be motivated by them. What does motivate entrepreneurs is the opportunity to solve big problems. In emerging markets, meeting broad social needs such as financial services for the poor, off-grid energy and basic sanitation services represent tremendous business possibilities.
On my way to the second morning of the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit recently, I took an Uber. Originally from Bolivia, my driver had fully embraced Silicon Valley-centricity. As we were discussing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who was scheduled to speak at the Summit, he looked in the rearview mirror and earnestly asked me, “Can you imagine