Mona DeFrawi

San Francisco, California, United States

Mona DeFrawi

San Francisco, California, United States

Highlighted for her work with Equidity as one of "The Most Powerful Women in Technology" by Forbes, Mona DeFrawi is dedicated to US capital formation & job creation. Supporting the entrepreneurial companies that contribute most to US economic growth and technological leadership, Mona has delivered top results in fundraising, IPOs, corporate development & investor relations for 25+ years.

From helping establish one of the first University Tech Transfer offices; to 10 years working Wall Street as an IR team member of four companies that IPO-ed; to founding four companies as CEO (& selling two); to raising a $500M first-time private equity fund; to authoring legislation & lobbying it into law, unleashing over $3B of venture investment; & more -- Mona sees Equidity as her greatest opportunity yet to deliver value. Asked by VC leaders to fix the broken IPO markets in 2007, Mona founded InsideVenture, which was acquired by SecondMarket in 2009. Seeing economic conditions deteriorate & knowing that primary liquidity & IPOs are key to the entrepreneurship ecosystem that is the US economic growth engine, Mona was compelled to found Equidity, a private company information and relationship platform that supports successful IPOs, private placements, aftermarkets, & liquidity options.

Mona DeFrawi's career was founded on a passionate belief that true economic growth and wealth creation are rooted in successful long term investing. Having survived war, communist influence & growing up in the midst of third world poverty, to very gratefully enjoy the privilege of being an American, Mona is honored to support the entrepreneurship industry & US prosperity. Mona is an honors graduate of Duke University (BA) & the University of MD (MBA), and also created and taught the first Entrepreneurship course for Johns Hopkins University, School of Engineering. Mona is a Mentor for the Founder Institute and PITME, and enjoys guest lecturing at Stanford, Johns Hopkins & other organizations.

  • Work
    • IPO & Capital Relations Entreprneur
  • Education
    • Duke BA, U of MD MBA