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About Vasco

My Story

Vasco sitting down

I have what could be considered an unconventional background as a coach. I don’t come from psychology or medicine. In fact, I come from tech. I created two tech startups that reached million-dollar valuations, backed by the MIT-Portugal startup accelerator, afterwards becoming Intelligence Lead for it.

After years of coaching and mentoring startup founders on talent management, emotional management, influence and persuasion, among other topics, I started being requested by executives and investors, like venture capitalists, with more complex, large-scale problems.

After years of doing executive work, I started specializing in asset management. With the acquisition of four fund manager/CIO clients, I started adapting my performance and influence techniques for purposes such as talent management for PMs and analysts, fundraising from allocators, effective leading a team, and properly assessing talent for compensation/promotion/allocation increases.

Tools and Techniques

I consider myself a “next-generation” coach. I grew up with Tony Robbins at 15 years old, learning to change my mental states and conditioning behaviors in myself and others.

As a coach, I didn’t start in psychology or HR. I started as a startup founder, suffering from stress, depression, and burnout. After transitioning from being backed by the MIT-Portugal IEI startup accelerator to becoming the Intelligence Lead for it, I started helping startup founders with the same mental performance topics.

I soon transitioned into the executive space, helping seasoned executives negotiate complex deals, dealing with boardroom and executive committee politics, leading senior talent, and other subjects.

I mostly coach executives in certain sectors, lately with a focus in the high finance space, with a specific focus on AIFDs (Alternative Investment Fund Managers), namely Hedge Fund managers and GPs of Private Equity/Venture Capital funds.

Coaching and Speaking

Vasco speaking

Throughout the years, I’ve come to support executives and asset managers mainly through the practice of coaching. Although in some select cases I have provided consultation with deliverables, I find the practice of coaching a leader find the answers within them much more rewarding.

I also engage in speaking in select occasion – mainly for small conferences in the financial services industry or key executive events.

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