AMA: Goldman IB to HF Investor to Entrepreneur

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  • Founder and CEO of NY based market research / alternative data firm Vancery.
  • Private real estate investor
  • Founding investment team member of NY based hedge fund 3-years
  • GS IBD 4-years
  • Non-Core undergrad
  • AMA

    Answering questions relating to my career path, schooling, business, etc.

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    Member @GunnarGregory shares his path from working at Goldman in investment banking across two different groups, from joining a start-up hedge fund to now branching out to run his own business. What he learned along the way, how he views mentors and a certain mindset that helps him grow.

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    Comments (13)

    Aug 22, 2019

    Max you've made in a year? 500k+?

    Aug 26, 2019


    Aug 22, 2019

    Thanks for the AMA.

    1. What made you want to exit IB into entrepreneurship? And why start a market research company?
    2. How did you get capital to start your companies and also invest in real estate, just savings from your years at GS or other sources of income?
    Aug 23, 2019

    Did Woodberry Forest teach you a lot about starting from the bottom and really sacrificing to get where you are? Dying to hear more.

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    Aug 24, 2019


    Aug 25, 2019

    I believe it's "Woodburreh" Forest

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    Aug 23, 2019

    Thanks for the AMA.

    Could you please elaborate how did you manage to get your first SA/Analyst stint without any relevant experience and a non-core school?

    Aug 26, 2019

    Relevant experience for me was working on a congressional committee the prior summer. The focus of which was the same as when I started working FT.

    Aug 23, 2019

    Coming out of banking, which skills do you wish you developed more? Which skills do you feel banking best helped you develop? Lastly, any particular advice for someone at a lower BB looking to transition to a HF? Thanks!

    Aug 26, 2019

    Good question - I wish I had developed more conceptual understanding of finance. But the experience was more focused on process and running the deal. And that's great bcz that's what a banker does but there was a learning curve for sure in actually working as an investor. I also wished I'd learned more about competitive analysis and how to compare different industries for growth potential.

    Aug 23, 2019

    Networking advice for kids coming out of non cores?

    Aug 26, 2019

    Find the people that have made it from your school and lean on them. More likely than not they'll be more than happy to help you but be ready for lots of follow up bcz they're busy.

    Aug 27, 2019