What am I doing wrong?

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I am looking for Series A-D roles at top VC firms. At this point I'd even take Seed/A firms.

I am now at H/S and previously worked in tech growth buyouts.

I have a year of experience as an early business hire at one of the major AI model vendors (e.g., OpenAI, Anthropic, Midjourney).

I've written investment theses online that gained traction and I was able to angel invest behind them.

I've sent private theses to computer science PhDs and have emerging deal flow from that.

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I'm reaching out to VCs to ask if they're hiring, at top VCs (e.g., Accel, GGV, Bond, Redpoint, NEA etc.).

For many of them, this was a year-later follow up email to a thesis + deals I sent them, which I invested behind.

I'm getting a 50% response rate but so far all but one have said "hey, thanks for your interest, but not hiring right now, but will keep you in mind".

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I'm not sure what else to do. I've got A+ investing and operating experience, have showed proprietary deal flow, etc.

 

Not enough experience...?

I've written investment theses online that gained traction and I was able to angel invest behind them.

I've sent private theses to computer science PhDs and have emerging deal flow from that.

 Do more of this and try again in a year or two would be my suggestion. 

 
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Sorry to hear this - it's the worst hiring market now. A few questions to help calibrate: 

- Are you in your first or second year - can you do an internship?

- Is your "tech growth buyouts" fund well known/respected?

- What is your area of expertise? 

- What has your traction been like at second tier VCs or are you only experiencing difficulty with top ones? If so how many are you targetting?

- Are your classmates having better luck with the same firms? Could point to an individual vs market wide issue...

- Would you be open to later stage / growth equity instead of VC given your background? If not, why not?

- Have you been through any processes? Some should recruit on campus each year. If so, any feedback on why you were not taken through?

Honestly, I think you're doing all the right things and it sounds like you have the perfect background, besides being in VC beforehand, but in a very unlucky market. I would tap into your H/S network for a sense check on why they won't hire. It is probably not a you issue but likely they just cannot afford to hire right now...

 

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