Emilie Bellet - founder
Formerly working in private equity, I launched Vestpod to change the conversation about money and empower women financially. After studying in Paris, Madrid and London and graduating from ESCP-EAP and Assas Paris II, I started my career at Lehman Brothers where I worked as an analyst in private equity merchant banking. I was part of the spin-off team that became Trilantic Capital Partners. After 7 years I went on to launch a first tech recruitment business.
Reflecting on my years working in finance, I realized I was not saving or investing enough and could not find the support to do so. Talking about money is a very personal topic and is still taboo, and most of us have not received any financial education. I could not find someone to talk to to get some advice - professional advice could be very costly and you have to find an adviser you really like to work with - nor did I have the time to trawl money websites.
I then decided to launch Vestpod for women - as a way to provide education and a community for women to start breaking the taboo around money. Vestpod is a digital platform with a popular weekly newsletter as well as personal finance workshops and networking events. Join us!
Some Other Cool Things
I participated in Google Campus for Mums program, and Vestpod is part of The Family (the European platform for entrepreneurs) and Natwest RBS Fintech accelerator. Vestpod has been shortlisted in the 2018 Women in Finance Awards as Disruptor of the year! I am a co-author of the WealthTECH book published by Wiley. I also played fieldhockey for the French national team in my 20's!
Melissa Katsoulis - Awesome writer
I met Melissa through a friend. We work remotely but speak weekly. Melissa is helping me out write the newsletter and edit a lot of things I write. She is simply the best writer you could dream of.
Melissa is a journalist and editor with experience at The Times, The Financial Times and Sunday Telegraph. She is the author of Telling Tales: A History of Literary Hoaxes.