Hey everyone. I would appreciate some insights on how to go about thinking through this...
Long story short, I find myself really interested in becoming an operator and would like to pursue the path towards an operating partner role at a fund or an executive at a startup. I currently work at a growth equity shop where I've been doing a ton of portfolio company support, from recruiting to strategic finance. There's definitely more support needed in other functions down the line but I'd really like to know what kind of operations I should be focused on gaining responsibility in so that I can develop the proper "executive skillset."
An idea I had was to contact executive search firms and develop relationships with headhunters so that they can help steer me towards the work that will get me there. Ideally, I develop a good relationship with them on the way as they see my track record with the current portfolio companies and start to refer me to positions they feel I can take on.
If there's any suggestions or thoughts as to what kind of roles I should support in my fund's portfolio companies to get me to an executive operating level, that'd be greatly appreciated