Monica Mehta is a finance expert that offers cultural commentary on money — how it impacts the economy, politics and our ability to lead entrepreneurial lives. She is a managing principal at Texas based investment firm Seventh Capital and has 17 years of experience investing capital and operating consumer businesses. She has written columns for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, INC and Entrepreneur Magazine and appears on Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, Al Jazeera America, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, ABC News. Her advice has been covered by Forbes, The New York Times, Yahoo Finance and recommended by The Small Business Administration. She is an ambassador for Operation Hope Project 5117, empowering economic mobility by teaching at-risk youth the language of money.
Monica’s is the author of The Entrepreneurial Instinct: How Everyone Has the Innate Ability to Start a Successful Small Business (McGraw-Hill | 2012) explores the role of behavior and brain science in our ability to take entrepreneurial risks, be adaptable and bounce back after failure. The book received praise from the CEO Mastercard, former CEO Comp USA, former CEO Borders Books, The Wharton School, Dartmouth Tuck, a Fed economist, INC Magazine, BloombergTV, among others and was awarded Best Start-up Book of 2012 by Small Business Trends, Finalist for Best Book of 2012 in Business & Economics by Foreword Reviews and Best Book of 2012 by the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
Prior to her career as a principal investor, Monica worked closely with start up businesses as a portfolio manager at a seed-stage fund backed by the Texas Pacific Group, managed a $150MM cosmetics business unit for L’Oreal and advised Fortune 1000 companies, including Bank of America and Nordstrom, as a strategy consultant for Marakon Associates. Throughout her career, Monica has assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs on a pro-bono basis to write business plans and secure loans through her work with the NY Business Solutions Center and the Wharton Small Business Development Center. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.