The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Division of Student Services

Puon Penn

Class year: 1992
Major: Economics
Company/organization: Wells Fargo
Job title: Group Head - Technology & Venture Banking

I would love to connect with students. In addition or instead of attending the Schmooze, I am available for one:one meetings during the weekend. Drop me an email and we'll arrange a time to meet. I arrive on Friday.

How did you get where you are? (e.g., education, brief work history, mentors)

A series of accidents and incidents which seems only clear in hindsight.

- Management consulting, teaching finance/investments at university, trading derivatives, and (currently) managing a group of bankers focused on technology and venture sectors.

What lessons have you learned along the way that you'd like to pass on to current Reed students?

Intellectual capital is a necessary but not sufficient condition for success in any endeavor. Collaboration (social capital) is the key.

In what ways you think you can help Reed students?

I can be a resource if you are interested in the technology/innovation economy, cleantech/renewables/environmental finance, and finance/banking.

Since I've made a lot of mistakes in my life, I can hopefully help you avoid making them as well.

What else should students know about you? (e.g., volunteer engagement, avocations, interests)

- Involved with child healthcare issues particularly in developing countries.

- Renewables and environmental finance expertise

- Road cycling, running, hiking, kayaking