Emerging Markets Enthusiast

[Investor Journey] Tackling poverty through financial inclusion - Monica Brand Engel (Quona) on the intersection of profit and purpose, measuring impact and managing boards

March 29, 2022 Season 2 Episode 13
Emerging Markets Enthusiast
[Investor Journey] Tackling poverty through financial inclusion - Monica Brand Engel (Quona) on the intersection of profit and purpose, measuring impact and managing boards
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On this episode Patrick sat down with Quona Co-Founder and Managing Partner Monica Brand Engel. This is a truly special conversation as we dive into Monica's multicultural upbringing and how it shaped her way to see the world. Monica makes a compelling case on how the lines between profit and purpose become increasingly blurred and how investing in financial inclusion can provide a solution to one of the world's greatest problems, poverty.

On this episode you will learn about: 

  • Monica's journey into venture 
  • The founding of Quona as a spin-off of leading financial inclusion non-profit Accion 
  • Tips for managing a productive board and how to add value as an investor
  • How to behave as an investor when "shit hits the fan" 

You can find Monica on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Find out more about Quona on their website. 

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How did Monica make her way into venture
The increasingly blurry lines between profit & impact
The founding of Quona
Synergies & Cross-pollination across portfolio companies
Deal selection at Quona and managing diverse perspectives on the team
When sh**t hits the fan
Convergence of traditional finance and DeFi
Fast Speed Round