European Leveraged Finance to VC in silicone county? PE or B-school better chances for VC?

Have an offer with DB Leveraged Finance desk in London, but ultimately want to end up at a top Silicon Valley VC fund (Accel, Sequoia, KPCB etc).

Just wondering if I can go straight from LevFin to VC? Will coming from an all-credit background kill my chances?

Would my chances be any better if I were to do PE or B-School after my analyst stint and then try for VC?

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Dec 31, 1969 - 7:01pm

European Leveraged Finance to Silicon Valley Venture Capital? (Originally Posted: 05/26/2012)

Have an offer with DB Leveraged Finance desk in London, but ultimately want to end up at a top Silicon Valley VC fund (Accel, Sequoia, KPCB etc).

Just wondering if I can go straight from LevFin to VC? Will coming from an all-credit background kill my chances?

Would my chances be any better if I were to do PE or B-School after my analyst stint and then try for VC?

You know you've been working too hard when you stop dreaming about bottles of champagne and hordes of naked women, and start dreaming about conditional formatting and circular references.
 
Dec 31, 1969 - 7:02pm

I think you've got a shot if you do LevFin --> Space Marine --> VC

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Dec 31, 1969 - 7:03pm

Anyone?

You know you've been working too hard when you stop dreaming about bottles of champagne and hordes of naked women, and start dreaming about conditional formatting and circular references.
 
Dec 31, 1969 - 7:04pm

Are you a US citizen?

I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.

See my Blog & AMA

 
Dec 31, 1969 - 7:05pm

Unless you work directly with those funds while in London or with people that move there, I think it would be pretty difficult to get in directly. Can't see why they should hire you instead of someone that is already doing TMT in San Francisco or IB in the US.
Not 100% sure on how they recruit but I guess it would be easier to get in there if you do an MBA in California (Stanford, Berkeley?) or, probably better, if you try to move from London to US at some point in your career.

I'm grateful that I have two middle fingers, I only wish I had more.
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