Joining a newly formed VC fund?

Exploring an opportunity with a non-U.S. VC fund (focus on seed / Series A) that is fairly early in its lifecycle and would be the first non-partner hire as they try to penetrate the U.S. market.  I come from the PE side but have worked extensively with LMM growthy business and working with scrappy entrepreneurs is what has kept me in the industry. 

I'm confident I could get up the curve and be an asset to these guys, but how much of a longshot is this?  VC seems incredibly crowded as is, especially with Tiger's recent strategy.  Beyond the lack of U.S. track record, are there other risks I'm not considering?

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May 15, 2021 - 5:18pm

Has the VC firm you are considering joining raised a second (or later fund)?

Some potential issues for you to consider:

  • if the VC fund has done well in their geography, whether those strengths translate to the US?
  • LMM PE to seed / Series A is still a pretty big shift. Have you had experience working in a start up or founding a start up? Have you considered mid/late stage VC where your analytical / financial skill set might be better utilized?
  • There is a large element of luck in VC, even those strategies that don't spray and pray.
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May 16, 2021 - 4:53pm

Thanks, helpful points to consider - they've raised two funds.  Their knowledge base seems strong and transferable to the trends in the U.S. but definitely have concerns around their U.S. network today.  To your second point, I would ideally shoot for later-stage VC but have not been able to get much traction with my profile.  Was thinking that this role could be a way to break into the industry if the fund flops. 

May 15, 2021 - 5:50pm

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