Meet the Girl Behind Co-Cab
Hi Everyone! My name is Mona and I’m the founder of Co-Cab. I always find it so awkward to talk about myself but in this venture, I expect to meet incredible people from all different walks of life. I hope that by sharing my story and background, when I meet you, I’ll get to know yours! So here goes nothing…
I like to think of myself as a third culture kid. For those who may not be with the term, it’s defined as “a child raised in a culture other than their parents’ for a significant part of their early development years.” The way I define it is everywhere yet nowhere is home. I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, shortly after my parents moved there for my dad’s work. My parents are both originally from Tunisia (woohoo Star Wars!), but my dad spent about half his adult life in Canada, where he got his post-secondary education. So, with that, upon my own high school graduation, I moved to Canada for university and spent most of my adult life in Toronto.
Because of my international upbringing, I’ve always been very interested in politics, and foreign policy (I’m that annoying person on Facebook who calls out – what I believe to be- ignorant or misinformed posts on my feed). Originally hoping to pursue a career in it, I studied political science and public policy. As the saying goes, if you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans – and that’s pretty applicable to my whole life.
When I graduated from university, the Canadian government made massive cuts to the public sector, so I shifted gears and decided to find work in the private sector. Through a referral from a friend, I ended up getting a job in the tech industry, which I’ve been working in ever since. I currently work for an awesome fully remote company, called InVision, that provides an end-to-end digital product design platform.
So, what brought me to Cabarete?… My family friend Riyaaz has been coming to Cabarete for close to a decade to kite board. He was always telling me that I should come visit and every year I’d see all his photos of him doing back rolls against a gorgeous sunset, until one year I finally took him up on his offer! Fast forward to today (less than 2 years later), and I’ve been back here about 7 times already!
Cabarete is now my home, and I absolutely love it and scorn anyone who choses an all-inclusive over a visit to this charming beach town. As I work for InVision full time, but 100% remotely, I know all too well what it’s like to be a remote professional: You need to manage your own time, you need a place where you can ‘plug in’ and be productive, and at times, your creative juices just aren’t flowing and you need a little inspiration. What sparked my interest in starting Co-Cab was my search for a place that has a beautiful view (which there are many), fast internet (which there are a few), within a sheltered environment where I can complete time-sensitive tasks, take customer calls, and not be distracted by what’s going on around me. When I couldn’t find such a place, I decided to create one!
I’m excited for my first dabble in not only entrepreneurialism, but social entrepreneurialism. I’m excited to serve my fellow digital nomads, and give back to this amazing community of locals who’ve made me feel so welcome here in their country. And lastly, I’m super excited to meet you all – hopefully in person very soon – and learn about your own journeys. Until then, sending you sunny greetings from the DR 🙂