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Episode 52: Raising Capital Using Intuition with Logan Yonavjak

Episode 52: Raising Capital Using Intuition with Logan Yonavjak

In this episode of the Capital Insight Podcast, financial services professional, social entrepreneur, author, and angel investor, Logan Yonavjak shares what led her to impact investing and what she’s learned about raising capital. Throughout her career she’s assumed many roles, but her goal has always been raising capital for change: “All along the way my focus has been asking this question: how do we change our economic system?”

 

Logan is involved in a variety of activities around raising capital and financial advising. This includes coaching entrepreneurs who are seeking investment opportunities. Her advice on how to find a business investor? “What really motivates people at the end of the day,” she says, “are stories, especially ones that have hope.”

 

In her work, Logan has adapted and introduced a number of innovative tools for both entrepreneurs and investors to offset the “confusion and complex emotions” that come with investing and raising capital. To the clients she coaches, she emphasizes the importance of trusting your instincts: “We don’t give enough credence to those senses that we inherently have. And so my interest has been exploring tools that could be brought into both the capital raising process from the entrepreneur’s side, and then also the investor perspective.”

She also encourages system sensing, “a visceral aptitude that involves intuition and emotions and draws on our innate capacity for being in relationship to and listening more deeply to the elements of a system.” Listen to the episode to learn more about the tools and methods Logan applies to her work driving capital for change.

 

 

Logan Yonavjak is passionate about building businesses and guiding capital in ways that replenish, restore, and sustain our social, environmental, and economic systems to advance a more holistic future for all. Currently, she works as a consultant for a variety of clients, primarily focused on working lands investments; more recently, she worked with CREO Syndicate, the Yale Investments Office, and Align Impact.

Her work in financial services involves connecting high net worth individuals and other investors to regenerative investment opportunities. She has also developed new financial models and tools, particularly focused on land conservation and restoration, and has written extensively about how to invest for people, planet, and profit. She also advise a variety of impact-oriented startups, on both raising capital and reporting impact metrics.

 

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Episode 51: Investing in Underrepresented Social Entrepreneurs with Pooja Mehta

Episode 51: Investing in Underrepresented Social Entrepreneurs with Pooja Mehta

In this episode of the Capital Insight Podcast, host Jenny Kassan is joined by social entrepreneur Pooja Mehta who shares her experience being a woman in the investment industry, what she’s learned as an angel investor, and how she’s supporting underrepresented social entrepreneurs.

 

Pooja advises and invests in women and other historically underrepresented leaders and mission-driven businesses. “I want to do my part to empower and support others in a way that helps narrow racial and gender wealth gaps.” Her goal is to ensure that business owners feel informed and confident to make decisions and ensure they have trusted partners to turn to when questions arise.

 

Pooja joined the impact investing space with a desire to benefit society. She learned of angel investing and loved the idea of supporting companies and founders that she believes in. She shares what she learned as a newbie angel investor and offers advice for those who are thinking about becoming an angel investor. She recommends considering these questions: what are the changes you want to see in the world?; how do you want to use your investments to advance that change?; and what are the types of investments you want to make? “Being able to see the opportunities and the ways that your money can be of value to a founder is really important,” she says. Listen to the full episode below.

 

 

Pooja Mehta is the founder of The Marigold Effect, which provides advice, capital, and storytelling tools to help mission-driven organizations grow. The company draws inspiration from the marigold, a companion flower that helps nearby plants flourish. Pooja is a lawyer, entrepreneur, investor, photographer, and advisor to non-profits & small businesses. She lives in Washington, DC.

 

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