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Meg Bartelt: 'More Money Does Not Make You Happier'

The Flow Financial founder talks about supporting women in the tech industry, IPOs and restricted stock, and what it means to be a financial life planner.

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Our guest on the podcast today is financial advisor Meg Bartelt. She started Flow Financial Planning, a fee-only practice, geared toward providing financial guidance for women in the technology sector in 2016. Prior to starting Flow Financial, Meg worked for a fee-only Registered Investment Advisor in Virginia and was a technical writer for 10 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her master's degree in financial planning from Golden Gate University, and her Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wellesley College. She is also a certified financial planner.



Flow Financial Planning

How to Prepare for the Surprising Costs of Motherhood,” by Stacy Rapacon,, Nov. 5, 2018.

Niche Marketing and Life Planning

The Who, What, and Why of Hiring a Business Coach,” by Meg Bartelt,, Dec. 15, 2016.

The Efficiency Benefits of Niching From the Start to Launch an Advisory Firm,” by Michael Kitces,, July 23, 2018.

XY Planning Network

Grace Hopper Celebration

My Takeaways From #GHC18. And Yes They’re All About Money,” by Meg Bartelt,, Oct. 2, 2018.

What Can You Negotiate For? Pretty Much Anything. What SHOULD You Negotiate For?” by Meg Bartelt,, Jan. 20, 2021.

EVOKE: A Life Planning Methodology

George Kinder: A Financial Plan Needs to Be a Life Plan,” The Long View Podcast,, Jan. 20, 2021.

Investments and Financial Planning

If You Work in Tech Your 401(k) Is Probably Not Enough,” by Meg Bartelt,, June 22, 2017.

Pay Attention to Your Employee Benefits,” by Meg Bartelt,, April 4, 2018.

If you Have RSUs and Your Company Just Went Public, You Miiiight Want to Check Your Tax Situation,” by Meg Bartelt,, May 24, 2019.

Lessons From Airbnb’s IPO,” by Meg Bartelt,, Dec. 21, 2020.