Monica is Ecosystem Development Partner at Vidavo, where she helps build out Vidavo’s fund operations and create more value from its network — ultimately helping portfolio companies accelerate and succeed. She brings over 25 years of experience as an early stage technology executive, startup advisor, and venture capitalist.
Prior to joining Vidavo, she was co-founding partner of two early stage venture firms focused on SaaS, marketplaces, consumer, AI/ML, fintech and EV. Monica helped launch operations, led fundraising, and was an early investor in companies such as EV powerboat company Pure Watercraft. She began her non-linear investment career in the early dot-com days at Charter Venture Capital, which invested in both IT and the life sciences sector.
Monica has also spent time on the other side of the table, working at multiple venture-backed startups. She was on the early teams of Social Finance (NASDAQ: SOFI), Perfect Coffee (Blue Bottle Coffee/ Nestlé), and CityAuction (Ticketmaster/IAC), where she held business development, sales, go-to-market strategy and venture fundraising responsibilities.
Monica’s diverse background also includes producing numerous Silicon Valley community events and conferences. She was the executive director of the 1990 Institute, a US-China educational non-profit, helped launch the US-China digital media company, RADII, and is proud to have an IMDb credit for her small contributions to HBO’s hit show “Silicon Valley.” A former competitive swimmer who enjoyed hack-competing in numerous water and mountain sports, Monica is often found in the ocean surfing. In 2007, she played a key role in co-organizing the surf community’s “Kill the Spill” grassroots activism and beach cleanups in response to the big Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay, ultimately helping pressure government agencies to hire professional toxic cleanup crews.
Monica earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and holds an AB Psychology from Harvard College.