Grew up on a farm, now i'm in VC. Q&A: Associate at East Coast Strategic VC Firm
Currently approaching my 1 year mark at a strategic VC firm focused on emerging deep tech. The learning curve was steep and i'd like to give back.
Short version: I attended a southeast non-target, moved to northeast and have 1 1/2 years at multi-family office / hedge fund, 1 year in UHNW, and i've been in VC almost a year. Ask me about breaking in, making lateral moves, and the learning curve / strategy in VC.
Undergrad: I grew up on a farm in the midwest, father was a day trader on the side and mother a small town attorney. I attended a non-target public university with a poorly ran career center and lackluster business program. I had very little guidance in terms of opportunities and possibilities within finance so I used WSO to glean info on areas of interest and educate myself on the recruiting / interview process.
1st position - Multi-family office / hedge fund: Moved to the east coast after undergrad to take my shot at finance. I didn't always know what i wanted to do so i didn't do any internships in college (didn't really know i needed to). Moving to the east coast, my aim was to get my foot in the door and get some experience to make sure finance was really where i wanted to be. I somehow landed an analyst role at a boutique multi-family office with around $2B AUM. Their strategies were hedge fund esque and also underwrote investments for larger LPs and smallish institutional clients.
2nd position - UHNW PWM: Decidedwasn't for me and moved up the LP food chain to a consulting position at a ultra high net worth advisory group covering the east coast. Average client had $500M+ in net worth. This experience gave me visibility into what LP's look for in an investment, some clients had their own family office & VC firms which i interacted with heavily.
3rd position - Strategic VC: Leveraged that experience to land my current roll at a prolific strategic VC firm ($600M AUM). The firm has been around several decades and has an international presence. Focus is in emerging deep tech. I've been here almost a year and have learned a ton. There was a steep learning curve and i'm finally in a position to give back insight to the WSO community.
- Breaking in from a non-target
- Private wealth management: pros & cons
- Lateral moves & networking within broader "finance" industry
- Venture capital learning curve
- Emerging & deep tech investing
Looking to give back to a community / forum that has helped me in the past. I believe if you use a community resource you're then obligated to contribute back in some way eventually. This is my attempt to do so.