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VC Associate @ Quona Capital in Washington DC

Quona Capital is the largest venture capital investment firm dedicated to promoting “fintech for inclusion” in emerging markets. We invest in scale-up stage financial technology companies in emerging markets. The firm was formed with a simple idea: technology has the power to radically improve the quality, access and affordability of financial services for underserved consumers and businesses. We invest in disruptive innovations to create a more financially inclusive world. Our work is focused on specific markets in Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and leverages a strategic relationship with Accion International, a global leader in financial inclusion.

Quona was established in 2015 and today operates with USD 250 million in assets under management (AUM), 25+ investments across three portfolios, and a global team operating in Washington, DC and the markets in which we invest.

To learn more, check out our portfolio companies and meet the team at http://www.quona.com.

The Opportunity

We are looking for a high-performing pre-MBA Investment Associate to join Quona’s Latin America team to help identify and evaluate early-stage investments in world-class fintech startups. The role is based out of Washington, DC, with frequent travel to Brazil, Mexico and other Latin American countries.

Responsibilities

  • Source and evaluate investment opportunities, building a strong network within the fintech space.
  • Directly support senior investment team members to conduct business, financial, and technology due diligence, progressing deals from first meeting to close.
  • Analyze investments producing clear and concise investment theses and memoranda.
  • Develop financial models and company valuation analyses.
  • Conduct thematic research and competitive deep dives within fintech sub-sectors.
  • Become a specialist over time in several verticals within the fintech space to understand trends and inform investment opportunities.
  • Support portfolio companies and management teams on short-term operational projects as well as long-term decision-making.
  • Assist with quarterly reporting of portfolio performance and development of other LP-facing collateral.

REQUIREMENTS

Required Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for technology, entrepreneurship, and financial inclusion.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a top-tier institution with excellent academic performance.
  • 1-3 years experience in banking, consulting, or principal investing, preferably focused on financial services; and/or technology/operations/product experience at a fintech company.
  • Advanced financial modeling and analytical skills.
  • Excellent written English and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced team that is geographically dispersed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Domain expertise in financial services/technology.
  • Experience evaluating investment opportunities – ability to quickly identify and analyze the key questions, risks or upsides to an investment.
  • Existing network or work experience in startup/venture ecosystems in Latin America.
  • Spanish/Portuguese language skills strongly preferred, in addition to fluent English.
  • Ability to travel approximately 25% of the time.

BENEFITS

  • Company-paid medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Health and dependent-care FSAs
  • 401k
  • Unlimited vacation time
  • Paid sick leave
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Commuter benefits
  • Phone reimbursement
  • Discount programs

If interested, please apply here.

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Written by sandeepashah

August 9, 2019 at 3:04 am

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