Life rarely goes according to plan.
In 2011, Bonnie Foley-Wong had just moved to Vancouver to pursue her dream job. She and her husband had plans to start a family the following year. But eight months in, Bonnie walked away from the great job with great benefits to start Pique Ventures—and getting pregnant was put on hold.
Eventually, Bonnie felt good enough about her business to start a family, and in March of 2014 at the age of 40, she was pregnant with her daughter. At the very same time, she was starting an accelerator, securing investors for Pique Fund, and writing a book, Integrated Investing. By sheer force of will, Bonnie did her first close of fund in October, had her baby in November, and led Pique’s first investment in December. A fertile year, to say the least.
Decision-making, emotions, and analysis
Every step of the way, Bonnie made decisions based on head and heart, doing research when she could, but taking leaps of faith into uncertain territory. Today Bonnie shares the details of her path to entrepreneurship, exploring how pregnancy informed and impacted that journey—and vice versa. She shares her wisdom about decision-making, and how to tap into your inner wisdom to make decisions based both on the head and the heart. She explains the difference between Pique Venture and Pique Fund, discussing how both analysis and emotion inform her decision-making. I ask her about tapping into intuition in the workplace and how she overcame the idea that entrepreneurship was something ‘other people did.’ Listen in to learn how Bonnie created a meaningful livelihood, living by the mantra that ‘routine makes space for spontaneity.’
The Startup Pregnant Podcast Episode #024
Some quotes from the episode:
- “[Pique Ventures] was [founded] around two key questions: 1) How can we help investors move money in a more purposeful way, and 2) Where are all the women investors?”
- “I call 2014 ‘a very fertile year’ because I started an accelerator … I was working on Pique Fund as well, I was writing my book Integrated Investing, and I was pregnant.”
- “[My path to entrepreneurship] was definitely fueled by curiosity … and it’s also the reason why I named my business Pique, as in pique your curiosity. It was this embracing of the unknown.”
- “People think I’m all about the numbers, but … all the major decision in my life were actually driven by intuition … I had to take these leaps of faith and follow hunches. Yes, I do a bit of research, but there’s only so much research you can do.”
- “Routine makes space for spontaneity.”
- “We have to address the emotional side of it, otherwise we can’t get to the heart of the decision.”
- “It’s okay to bring that [personal] stuff in the workplace… In my experience, it’s a lot more fun when there’s these hints of the human side of us. We can actually get more done and have more fun if we did that.”
- “I’ve just brought this small life into the world, and I need to pay attention to her. That’s the priority. I had also brought into the world this fund—I had to pay attention to that too. But everything else just fell off my plate.”
- “I’m so used to being the advisor, the person that people come to for decisions. But when it’s my own decisions, I need to do the same. I need to talk to other people and gather some different perspectives to get off the fence.”
- “Investing is essentially about decision-making. But so is running a business, so is being a startup founder or CEO. It’s all about the decisions that you make.”
LEARN MORE ABOUT BONNIE FOLEY-WONG:
Bonnie Foley-Wong is the founder of Pique Ventures, an impact investment and management company focused on women-led tech ventures. She is also the founding investor in Pique Fund and the author of Integrated Investing. An accomplished financier and investor, Bonnie has 20 years of experience mobilizing $1B in capital for entrepreneurs in Europe and North America. Bonnie is a CPA, CA, and CFA charterholder, and she has been published in Time, Forbes, Huffington Post and Apple News.
- Pique Ventures
- Bonnie on Twitter
- Bonnie on Quora
- Integrated Investing: Impact Investing with Head, Heart, Body and Soul by Bonnie Foley-Wong
RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Antonio Damasio on Big Think
- Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood
- The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William N. Thorndike
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … And Others Don’t by Jim Collins
- Follow Kieran Snyder on Medium
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