Blanche Ajarrista
Blanche is an Analyst in the Principal Investments team, she works across the existing TMT portfolio and helps source new opportunities for the Fintech Strategic Investments team. She joined Eight Roads from French private equity firm, Ardian.

What motivates you?

The feeling that there is always something new to learn and that I get to be part of changing the status quo.

What’s been the steepest learning curve on your career journey so far?

One of the most challenging and exciting aspects of my career so far has been learning to ask the right questions, rather than simply finding the answers. 

Which investment trend are you most excited about at the moment and why?

I love that investors are focused on solving structural problems using existing tech. For example, how machine learning can be used to predict weather patterns and how that helps improve existing farming practices. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Happiness is when expectations equal reality.