NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- While it may not be the next Asia -- which could be a good thing, depending on your point of view -- some investors are seeing Africa as the next hot spot. Is Africa today what Asia was 30 years ago? If the continent's economy is any clue, Africa is on the rise.

Investors are infusing money into the continent, and not just in natural resources or commodities. Infrastructure, small business and technology have attracted smart money.

Enter PanAfrican Investment Company, or PIC, which was founded with the personal capital of Richard Parsons and Ronald Lauder.

"The overall mission of the company is to do good and do well -- all of our investments seek to produce a return on capital as well as make an impact in Sub-Saharan Africa," says PIC CEO Dana Reed.

Reed says her investment team travels to the continent to learn first-hand about what Africa has to offer. In the video above, Reed discusses the importance of due diligence, and about the misperception about Africa that she says is keeping some investors on the sidelines.

Meeting of the minds, November 2012, Courtesy of PIC

PanAfrican Investment was founded in 2012 by Parsons, the former chairman of the board of Citigroup (C) and was the chairman and CEO of Time Warner (TWC), and Lauder, the son of the late Estee and Joseph Lauder, founders of Estee Lauder. Lauder is an international philanthropist, diplomat, public servant, entrepreneur, investor and patron of the arts, according to the company's Web site.

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