Welcome to Rare Birds your place to learn about all things startups and blockchain in emerging and frontier markets. Rare Birds was founded in 2018 by Jo-Ann A. Hamilton as a project to channel her passions and curiosity. It was designed to inform those who are interested in fresh and authentic perspectives from the Global South. Rare Birds connects you to the ideas, topics, strategies, frameworks, culture and people creating the new narratives.
Our Emerging Market and Crypto in Emerging Market Podcasts keep you connected and educated.
A curation of emerging market crypto news and podcast sources from across the web as well as our blog and female founder stories.
Each month we read and dissect books that cover emerging markets, startups and blockchain technology.
A roundup of the top 5 crypto stories from across emerging markets.
An exclusive community for people who share similar mindsets. Engage and learn from others equally as curious as you.
Topical vlogs and one-to-one interviews which share thoughts, experiences and knowledge.
What Our Community Says About RareBirds
I love the fact that Rare Birds is similar to an oasis. It’s a meeting place of unique minds who are all so deeply involved in the work they do. It’s also extremely progressive! The social money, slack platform, content is all very future-focused and I think the world needs more of that. Jo-Ann is curious by nature. Her mind ticks at a different pace and often her line of questioning indicates that, “Hey, this woman is determined to create a ripple of change across the globe”. I think she offers a very practical perspective to podcasting and community building in general.
As a Entrepreneur in Africa, connecting with a network of legitimate Entrepreneurs from different regions and continent who are also your friends is one of the best support systems to have.
RareBirds provides this support for me, and I find that the quality and diversity of Entrepreneurs within the RareBirds network truly inspires me. In collaborating with Rarebirdies, I have acquired more knowledge resulting in growth both personally and business wise.
I was introduced to Rare Birds through it’s fearless, vibrant and brilliant Chieftess, JoAnn when I participated in a Kernel Fellowship. From my own experience, I immediately saw the platform would play an important role in linking startups to much-needed resources and support.
Rare Birds reflects JoAnn’s passion for connecting people and building a strong community of entrepreneurs in emerging economies. The quality of entrepreneurs on the podcast has resulted in an incredible virtual library of great insights into the struggles and successes' that can be expected along the entrepreneur’s journey. I am proud to be part of the Rare Birds community and eager to see the next phase unfold.
What can I say about RareBirds except that this phenomenal platform has been so instrumental in taking my business to the next level. Jo-Ann has done a fantastic job with creating a space we can not only learn and grow but connect with others who are on the same journey. Her warm, friendly personality will make you feel at ease, like you're talking to your best girlfriend. This is the atmosphere she continues to create and before long you feel like you are a part of a sisterhood that won't let you fail. This community is the just the thing you need if you're looking for a firm but loving nudge in the right direction towards building your brand.
Rare Birds is rare. Not just by name but by the access it gives to reliable insight and a growing global network of change-makers and innovators from Ghana to China, from Gambia to the United States.
A consistent, future-oriented community: For me RareBirds is not just another online-group of professionals - it's a real value add for my business. Jo-Ann keeps the promise to form a collective that just works and is also a joy to be around with.