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SPOTLIGHT: VC Vernacular Rules and FAQsThe goal of Wall Street Oasis' VC Vernacular is to give our users the best possible snapshot of life in venture capital, from internships and recruiting to compensation and career progression. Working towards that goal, we've created a Frequently Asked Questions page for Wall Street in general, as w...
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Not the usual transition questionMorning monkeys, Wondering if anyone has experience with moving from a hedge fund to venture capital. It's a move I would be interested in, and I was just wondering if the skill sets were transferable, if it's a realistic move, etc. Thank you in advance ...
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VC COO - what does the role entail?Coming from an HF background I am not as familiar with the VC world. Could someone who works in VC please describe to me what their COO handles on a day to day basis and what the job entails? Thanks ...
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VC courses?Hi! Any of you current and former interns and full timers out there ever use a course (such as an investment banking modeling course) to get you up to snuff in cap table and waterfall modeling, term sheets, operating agreements, notes, etc.? I've been asked a few times for resources by users interes...
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E-Commerce ValuationI would appreciate some feedback from fellow monkeys on e-commerce valuation. I understand that apart from the tangibles such as Sellers' Discretionary Earnings (SDE) multiple, EV and Past & Projected Earnings, a huge role is played by the intangibles of the business from a valuation perspective...
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How to Value Carried Interest?Greetings! I'm currently structuring the carried interest operating agreement for a newly launched mid-sized VC fund, and I have a couple questions that I would like to ask this group. This is related to the carried interest pool for our staff. 1 - Is it normal to have an automatic buyback of carr...
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Startup Apparel Company ValuationHow would y'all value a startup apparel business. Primarily web-based. ~$60k in LTM revenue. Looking for funding, trying to establish a realistic valuation. Likely Friends and Family or Angels, not VC's at this stage. Help! ...
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Non-Profit VC vs. Profit VCCan anyone share a normal salary range for an analyst at a Non-Profit VC associated with a university and a traditional for profit VC firm? ...
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If anyone still checks this subforum, any advice for a VC interview?I'm an MBA grad and I've never had a VC interview. The person I'm interviewing with is a senior leader within the VC fund who also sits on numerous boards. I haven't done much preparation for any VC interview as I don't think I had a chance. What are some questions to expect and what are some good ...
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Worth taking a paycut to move to Venture Capital?I have an offer from a tech venture capital fund. But I might have to take a paycut (about 10-15%) to join them. Here's my pros and cons list Current IB job: Pros: - #1 bank in this sector in my country. Undisputed leader by far. - Unparalleled deal flow and deal closure: closed 4 deals in my first ...
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Friend of mine wants to build a next-generation film finance companyHi guys, so this is my second post so far, and I'm thoroughly enjoying the feedback I've been getting from ya'll (especially from @DickFuld). This particular subject involves entrepreneurship, so I decided that posting this in the VC section would be best. So I've come to ask your opinion about a f...
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Seeking for Career AdviceI turn 25 in a month, starting second year BSc studies in International Business in a non-target school in a small town. I am living in Europe and studying abroad and my GPA after first year is nothing spectacular. How could I ever land a job in VC? On the bright side, I am good with numbers, social...
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Financial modelling at VC firmsHi guys: Can some of your shed some lights on what kind of financial modelling is used and required at VC firms please? Is it mostly simple 3 statement model +DCF, that's it? I guess one would also need to learn how to model fundraising activities (debt, equity, asset sales etc), is that fair to say...
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Startup Burn Rate ModelHey fellow Monkeys - I am looking for some sort of template to model my startup's burn rate. My company gettrex.com produces a hardware and has a large upfront 1 time downpayment for tooling and then monthly expenditures. I would welcome any good startup burn rate or even future projection models....
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VC Analyst, or Corporate VC Associate?... Don't say "obviously VC analyst" because...well, read on. VC Analyst: Pro: - A famous fund, good track record Con: - I will be responsible for the hardware industry, which hasn't really taken off here in China (and no one know if it will). That means low deal flow, I will probably only be able t...
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AMA - Undergraduate VC InternHey guys, I got a lot out of WSO over the past year or so, and wanted to give back to this community. Feel free to ask me anything! Background: Rising Junior at top 20 school, interning for a VC in the southeast focused on healthcare technology with ~50MM raised per round. CS/finance background ...
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VC Internship FAQsLooking for a current/previous VC intern's insight into the recruiting/interviewing process and the activities that they experienced while on the job. Thanks. ...
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Most important skills gained in VC?Hi guys, What would you say is the most important skills you've gained in VC? What skills do you gain the most from working in the field (Analyst/associate level)? Thanks! ...
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What do you want to know about getting a VC job?Hey guys and gals, I'm going through the VC interview process now and working on documenting what I'm learning. May end up putting out an ebook or something (ideally co-written with someone with more experience). It seems like there aren't a ton of great resources out there (I'm thinking Case in Poi...
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2nd round interview - Case study - thoughts?Hi All, Made it to the 2nd round with an international VC and was given a brief case study to prepare at home. As I don't have too much experience with early stage/pre-revenue companies, would appreciate your thoughts / ideas on how to go about it. Basically, case is about a tech company requiring ...
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Getting a graduate internship in a VC firm in LondonHi, I'm about to follow an advanced master program in Finance at ESCP Europe and I'd like to get a VC internship in London from April 2016. Did some of you already get one in London ? At which funds ? When would be the best time to start applying ? Should I cold call some of them ? Thanks in advance...
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Tax Impact of valuation increase in a startup I invested inI invested in a startup company that was valued at $2M post-money when I invested in it. A couple years later they are raising more money that will probably value the company post-money around $25M. With dilution from the new financing my shares are now valued at around 7.9x cash on cash gain. (e.g,...
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Formation 8 - vc fund Hi fellow monkeys Has anyone heard of this fund? Wanted to find out if they are any good at what they do and the culture. Thanks ...
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Business Plans / DecksHey all. I have a pretty original startup idea I've been thinking about and researching casually for the past few months and I've decided that I'd like to get serious with it. I'm wondering if there is a somewhat standardized way or format of putting together a business plan (as there is a resume ...
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When are VC funds most sensitive to downturnsThinking of raising a fund but weary of a potential market crash on the horizon. I'm wondering how the timing of a market crash would affect me, so here is my question: Since venture capital funds have a 10 year time horizon, most will live through a market downturn at some point. When is it 'least...
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