TheBridge profile: Anna Mason
Name: Anna Mason
Current city: Washington, DC
Current job: Partner, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed fund
Past job: Distressed Bond Trader, Wall Street; Startup co-founder, Southern California
Q. Favorite spot for a coffee meeting? Seasons
Q. Describe one way how a skill you learned in a previous job helped you in your new job. Trading bonds on Wall Street taught me to think about market cycles, liquidity, and investor sentiment when considering investment opportunities. This framework is also applicable to venture investing in early stage startups.
Q. Job advice in three words? Close the loop.
Q. How are you (or your company, org, nonprofit) currently bridging the gap between politics and tech? During our recent Rise of the Rest Summit, hosted here in DC, we hosted a policy-focused dinner with the Economic Innovation Group to discuss the opportunity for and implementation of “Opportunity Zones.” Our attendees – investors and ecosystem leaders from 50+ cities across the country – had the opportunity to hear from our firm’s founder, Steve Case, alongside Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Tim Scott, and Representative Tim Ryan.
Q. Most underrated virtue in an employee? Adaptability
Q. What can DC teach Silicon Valley? DC is leaning in to support for the female-founder community, through organizations like Vinetta Project, BEACON, Hera Hub, Springboard and more.
Q. How many hours of sleep do you get? Five
Q. Living person you admire? My mom, who was recently appointed to the board of a publicly-traded bank.
Q. What tech/policy events are you looking forward to? I’m looking forward to judging the 1776 Challenge Cup Global Finals on Thursday, March 22 at The Anthem in Washington, DC where 20 startups from around the world will compete for a $100,000 investment. I’m also excited to get back on the road for our 7th Rise of the Rest tour this May. We’ll be visiting Dallas, Memphis, Birmingham, Chattanooga, and Louisville to hear directly from innovators, learn from local policy and business leaders, and invest $100,000 through the Rise of the Rest Seed fund in one startup per city.
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