Episode 14 – CNote’s Answer to the Retail Investor Opportunity

Does heightened interest in impact investing present a real opportunity to diversify capital sources, or is it a mirage?  Yuliya Tarasava, one of the founders of CNote, believes CDFIs and other community lenders can seize the moment and expand their capital bases. She joins us in this episode to offer her company’s approach to helping CDFIs access impact investment capital from retail investors and others.  Listen to this episode to learn how CNote’s approach is allowing CDFIs to access capital from small investors without many of the associated challenges that have stymied the industry in the past.

About Our Guest:

Yuliya Tarasava

AYuliya Tarasava is a co-founder and COO of CNote, a fintech company offering financial products with competitive returns and positive social impact.  Yuliya started her career on Wall Street in risk management and product development. For AMG Funds, she led the quantitative due diligence for mutual funds across multiple asset classes. Later at Summit Rock Advisors, she co-developed the proprietary analytics and risk management framework for a portfolio of over $10B in assets. Born and raised in Belarus, Yuliya has always had an interest in how finance can contribute to economic development and equality. Immediately prior to CNote, she was selected for Acumen’s Global Fellowship program. That led to her running strategy and operations for Juhudi Kilimo, a micro-financial institution and certified B Corp in Nairobi that supports farmers and small-to-medium agro-businesses throughout Kenya. That experience galvanized her belief that financial innovation can be a force for good and have a drastic real-world impact on individuals’ lives.

Resources Related to This Episode:

CNote’s Website: www.mycnote.com

CNote’s Interview on the Opportunity Finance Network’s Website:  ofn.org/articles/cnote 

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