Finding a startup to join

Hey guys,

I know this isn't the standard 'help with IB recruiting' question, but since we've got a lot of smart ppl here, I figured it'd be relevant.

I've done a bunch of internships in corporate settings, and feel that its WAY too slow paced and bureaucratic for me

Going into my senior year, I think I'd like to join a startup: ideally one that is already somewhat proven with funding so the risk profile is lower, but one where I'd have to wear many hats and get some skills

Is there a place to find a list of these? How would you recommend going about joining one? Is it still all about referrals?

Any help on this would be great

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Jul 15, 2018 - 11:19am
UnbalancedSheet, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There are a number of resources out there.

AngelList: certain startups may list job openings on this site, so can be useful.

BuiltIn: this site (I.e builtinchicago) has decent articles and contains a job board

Crunchbase: this is a good site to explore companies that recently completed a funding round. Could be indicative of hiring needs.

Hopefully this helps.

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:00pm
Susan-G, what's your opinion? Comment below:

need suggestions on how to find an interesting startup (Originally Posted: 09/19/2014)

VC firm often asks the interviewee the question "tell us about a startup that we have not invested but we should". But where can I find the startup list and do due diligence?

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Jul 15, 2018 - 8:01pm
brokencircle13, what's your opinion? Comment below:


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Jul 15, 2018 - 8:02pm
copecre, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What they are really testing you on is your ability to have a pulse on the start-up/entrepreneurial scene, as well as your general "idea sense." You can read Techcrunch, or check out Product Hunt, or read Hacker News (all of which you should be doing), but you need to get out there to networking events and meet the people doing things. If you're in a city with any sort of start-up culture, that should be easy. Make friends with founders, investors, etc., and get their thoughts.

After you find the next "big thing," actually use the product (or app or whatever) so you can speak as to why it is so great.

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:03pm
VC_associate_13, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There's no magical "list" of startups that are interesting. The entire VC industry exists to hunt for those companies. You need to be resourceful to figure out what's interesting.

If I were you I would form a point of view on 2-3 sectors that you think are interesting and give a few examples of great companies in that. You need to do a lot of research to make a compelling case for why those sectors are interesting, but that will look much more impressive than simply spitting out a list of half baked random companies from Product Hunt.

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Jul 15, 2018 - 8:06pm
demtor, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Anything interesting is always on techcrunh, cruchbase and also look into CBI-Insights. There is a lot of literature on different market segments that you can find for free online.

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:07pm
monkeysee_monkeydo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How to find a list of HF/PE/VC Start ups? (Originally Posted: 03/19/2015)

Hey Guys,

I live in Greenwich, CT and I am trying to find a list of the start up funds near here. Anyone have any insight about acquiring something like this?


Jul 15, 2018 - 8:09pm
EnergyHOU, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Definitely LinkedIn, use keywords like capital, partners, etc. On top of that you need to join whatever hedge fund association they have over there. Here in Texas we have a hedge fund association where all network with each other and recruit talent. Go join as talent and network around. Otherwise, you'll never find lists of private funds (start up funds will almost always be private, or registered with state, but not national (SEC))

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:11pm
SFGirl, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Networking to find Startup Finance firms (Originally Posted: 01/22/2016)

Hi - What is the best way to network to find a finance firm just starting out? I want to get in early to make moving within a firm easier.. Any Advice? Thanks.

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:12pm
capatan21, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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