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Nasir Qadree from Zeal Capital Partners

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Nasir Qadree is redefining venture capital by rethinking how they source, invest, and scale, early-stage companies that are rethinking the building blocks of wealth. From education to employment, through financial wellness via their inclusive investing strategy.

Nasir started his career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs, then moved onto work as a Senior Associate at State Street. While balancing his work in finance, Nasir decided to invest in a coffee shop and coworking space called The Bee’s Knees Baking Company, which became a hub of entrepreneurial activity, which sparked his interest in innovation.

From there, Nasir went on to become special assistant to the commissioner of education for the Connecticut State Department of Education and working for then-Senate candidate Cory Booker, whom he advised on the future of education.

He pivoted to venture capital to support founders solving the problems he observed while in the public sector and public market, holding investment roles as director of social investments at AT&T and head of education at Village Capital. With this foundation, Nasir launched Zeal Capital Partners to focus on financial inclusion and the future of work. Nasir and his team created a firm that has built a rigorous approach to leveraging its unique competitive advantages of being based in D.C., its networks in growing tech hubs, in order to partner with diverse founding teams at the earliest stages of development.

In Zeal Capital Partners’s very first newsletter, Nasir wrote, “It was important we led with inclusion, not diversity, so that we could be even more proactive and intentional about widening our lens. This approach begins with our team and extends to include the makeup of our companies, geographic regions we proactively invest in, aligned LPs, and measuring social impact outcomes via our proprietary impact framework.”

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Episode 14

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