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I went> B4 Audit> B4 CF > IB: Ask me anything

As a lot of people ask about these things then I thought I'd make an AMA:

I work in London and I made that much sought after career jump that started in Big Four audit and ended up in IB (Debt Capital Markets) at a boutique with a stopover at Big Four CF in between.

If you have any questions about this, I'm very happy to answer them.

:'-( RIP Bonus

Have you guys ever had a bad feeling about a (seemingly) good deal?

Like, a nagging or gnawing feeling that this seems to be going too smoothly...The buy-side guys are being enthusiastic and super helpful, the clients are being super helpful and compliant. Despite this there's the lingering suspicion that you keep shoving to the back of your mind that:

1) money shouldn't be made this easily.
2) the wet-dreams you have of ravaging this year's bonus cheque and then cuddling it, post-coitus, in a state of other-worldly bliss are just too satisfying to ever, ever, ever materialise?

Then, someone (client-side buddy, buy-side buddy, rabbi, gf, drinking-buddy, priest, yoga instructor...etc) says something that just niggles at the back of your neck ever so slightly which momentarily brings you back to reality ...but you ignore it 'cos hey, f*ck you...raining on my parade will not be tolerated.

Then, you get an email,

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AMA - Quant / Actuary turned future MBA student

I will be attending NYU Stern as a full-time MBA student starting this August. I thought this is a good time to share my career path, MBA application process, why MBA, how to choose your target schools, etc. I learned a lot from the posts of many accomplished professionals on this forum and hope to have this opportunity to give back to this great community.

Quick background:

"If you're 25+ you won't be able to become an IB analyst unless you get into a top MBA and break in as an IB Associate" - True?

Was reading about people in my position (late 20's, non-finance degree) and ran across this post on another forum. Just curious if it's true and if so, perhaps I'm wasting my time doing anything other than an MBA at a top school.

What say you?

RE Buy Side Quarterly Dinner/Drinks - San Francisco

Happy New Year monkeys.

As you're reviewing your accomplishments and setting your 2016 goals, I hope you're focusing on improving your network this coming year.

One of my goals for this year is to improve relationships and share knowledge with fellow acquisition, Asset Management, and private equity real estate young professionals in San Francisco Bay Area.

February 11, 2016 - 9:30am
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The Changing Face of Venture Capital

Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in October 2013.

The venture capital business has gone through a lot of changes over the past decade. Most recently we've seen regulations implemented that give regular Joes access to deals only institutions and accredited investors could touch previously, and the swelling ranks of Dot Com and Web 2.0 millionaires (and billionaires) have elbowed out a lot of traditional venture capital shops.

That trend looks like it's only going to continue, and the latest proof of that is the expanding role of angel investors in the startup ecosystem. To wit: AngelList is offering a new program called AngelList Syndicates, where successful angel investors are no longer constrained by their own net worth. By allowing angels to pool their resources into a unified fund, they're about to have a profound impact on the way venture capital is deployed from here on out.

At the heart of the matter are the fees. As in, there are none. Angels get to kick in their money and invest in companies fee-free, and don't have to worry about paying anything until they get an exit. VCs get paid (typically) much like hedge funds with a 2 and 20 model. So they make 2 points a year just for showing up. That adds up quick.

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Do BBs give laptops to remote in from home?

Do bulge brackets give laptops to analysts so they can remote in from home? If not, should I get a new laptop for doing this? I heard that Lazard only gets iPads, which do not help you work from home.

MSF -->> Big 4 Valuation AMA

It has been a long time since I've posted something constructive on these fora but lately I have been getting a lot of questions on LinkedIn about Big 4 valuation, especially from those in MSF programs and recent MSF grads. Like most MSFs, I was completely unaware of the diverse career paths that finance has to offer. I knew that there were hedge fund managers and bankers but that was basically it. There has been increased attention devoted to this field on here as well so I think it would be helpful to contribute and to share my experiences.

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