Earlier this month we had the opportunity to sit down with Eline de Haan, impact investment analyst at Rubio Impact Ventures. She started working a year ago and we were curious how her life looked right now in comparison with a year ago.
After my bachelor Economics and Master Entrepreneurship (2020), I was looking into interviewing companies that make impact and profit at the same time. I had some previous jobs in student boards like AIESEC Netherlands, FSA Research project and I worked at Uber before starting my Master, but now it was time for my first ‘’real’’ job.
I was wondering in what kind of company I wanted to start. At first I thought, maybe I want to work at an impact-driven startup but I did not want to specialize in a specific sector or product so early in my career. Also, I did not like the uncertainty that comes with working at a startup. I think most of us ‘’starters’’ have doubts about where to start. You should focus on what you do know for sure. The thing I knew for sure, was that I was looking for specific types of entrepreneurs, who were scaling up their company and still making an impact.
I did not think about Venture Capital, but I got triggered by Rubio’s vacancy. I looked at their portfolio which matched exactly with the scaling and impact making companies I had in mind. When I read the requirements of the vacancy I wasn’t so sure anymore. Did I finish two internships in venture capital or private equity? Well, no. One month went by and then I saw a post of Willemijn Verloop, founder of Rubio, on LinkedIn saying 90% of applicants on the analyst vacancy were men. My first thought was: ‘’Why don’t women apply for this role’’. I no longer doubted, took a bold step and sent Willemijn a message. As you can read from the intro of this article, it worked out well and I started as investment analyst at Rubio.