As a startup, having the right partners and investors is critical, and it can help you weather the inevitable crises that will come your way. During the latter part of 2015, Zoona faced one such crisis – when African and emerging market currencies plummeted.

Zoona benefitted from having the right partners – the Omidyar Network and Accion – on board. Our CEO, Mike Quinn (@ZoonaMike) – shares some insights on why it’s critical to pick the right investors.

This Crisis Shows Why It’s Critical to Pick the Right Investors

In August 2015, I returned from two weeks of family vacation where I went completely offline for the first time in my working career and didn’t check a single email. I was feeling relaxed with a nice cash runway, a new Chief Operations Officer hired, and an aligned board that had approved our expansion plan to enter two new markets.