Interview with Pop Girls (@popgirleens)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Sourcing funding for a slam dunk property deal with high upside and low risk became the hill I staked my claim for change on. The VC process is not women-friendly. We want to build a platform for women to raise capital on the blockchain.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I have a slam dunk property deal, fully leased with double-digit returns, and found it difficult to raise capital for over a year. I researched and found that the numbers for funding women entrepreneurs are trending in the wrong direction. 2% of all VC funds from 2021 ended up in female-run businesses. That is the lowest it has been since 2016. With a group of successful #women #entrepreneurs, we created our first #NFT drop to fund the creation of a capital raise platform, on the #blockchain, for women to market their business and #opportunities. Our NFT’s pre-sale starts April 11, and we are excited to build the platform from the proceedings of the drop. #womenentrepreneurs #womenleaders #nfts #nftcommunity #raisingcapital #nftforacause
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Never give up. Women lead hedge funds to outperform their male counterparts. We are not given the same opportunity to shine, reflecting the VC process. We are asked about how to protect investment money instead of the upside of our deal. Use the no as an opportunity to find your tribe; that’s why we are building an eco-system of support around women’s success.
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person whom you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I was blessed to have an Aunt that motivated me to succeed at all costs, Mrs. Veronica Abraham. My Aunt never let apartheid South Africa, the male-dominated environment, or having to study with 3 children hold her back. She believed that you were capable and no man was coming to save you. Become the man that your parents want you to marry. She led by example and has always been a role model for me.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
My projects are all mission-based. Our real estate business, Naloba Group, invests in affordable housing in South Africa and the USA. The CKG, cannabis real estate, supports small business licensees getting into the cannabis business in the USA. The HBCN Women’s group, responsible for the NFT drop, is building a technology platform on the blockchain for women entrepreneurs to market and advertise their businesses.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Become a problem solver, my Mum instilled in me; complaining about it won’t fix it. Teamwork makes the dreamwork which my boss John Smith would constantly drum into me but never be afraid to make the hard decisions as to the boss, was his mantra. My Dad would say never be afraid; fear holds you back, be bold and fearless in this world and take risks; what is the worst that could happen. My brother was my second dancer in all my endeavors from childhood. My friend, Amber Phelan, kept my sanity through all the highs and lows of business, and, last but not least, my partner Joe Bartolotta believes in my dreams and goals and always supports my vision.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Insta / @popgirleens (NFT), @ceo_women.boss (Business) Linkedin / https://www.linkedin.com/in/carmentoal/
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Instagram, @popgirleens Business experience, Naloba Group, CKG Group, HBCN Women’s Group, NFT