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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 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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