firstly, yes I know that my plan is ridiculously hard and maybe nearly impossible, but nevertheless I really want to give it a shot since it is one of my biggest dreams. Hence, I appreciate all your answers, proposals and criticism.
- top 10% (presumably even 5%) at my non-target university in Continental Europe
- semester abroad in the US (California)
- 4 internships so far:
*Corporate Banking at a large European bank (BNP, SA, CB)
*Big4 corporate finance / TAS
*Elite Boutique M&A long term internship (4 months)
- languages: English + 2 continental European languages (one native, the other one conversational)
After my time in California, I realized that this is the place were I want to live. I'm not talking about LA or (awesome) San Diego, I'm talking about the Bay Area. SF, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, etc., I just loved it there for a bunch of reasons. What comes in handy is the fact that I'm highly interested in Venture Capital and the Start Up scene and this is what I want to do for a living. I guess the Bay Area is the right place to get a foot on the ground in this sector.
Do you have any recommendations, tips, insights etc. how it would be possible for me to get a permanent job in VC or a finance role at a Start Up (to begin with) on the Westcoast? I guess the large VC firms recruit mainly from targets like Stanford or Berkeley.
At the moment, I'm thinking about doing a Master's in Finance degree in Europe at a European target (LSE, Oxbridge, Imperial, HEC, SSE) but I'm not sure whether a European top degree really boosts my chances to get into Westcoast VC?
Furthermore, I was thinking about applying to Venture Capital arms of European firms with operations on the WC (like Siemens Venture Capital in Palo Alto) and trying to transition after 6 months or a year. Do you think this is generally possible?
Any other ideas? Do Bay Area Start Ups generally hire foreigners, or is this uncommon due to Visa restrictions?
Thanks guys, I really appreciate any help.