VC - Emerging Tech Boutiques / FTPartners / Guggenheim / SVB Leerink Exits to Venture Capital

Looking at the above firms. These seem to be firms that are smaller in nature but more focused on the innovation side of the economy. I spoke with someone today in VC, and they mentioned that I should try to get in at Goldman to bolster my resume for VC. Honestly tho, I'm really enjoying my time (way better pay and super interesting work).Would it be a necessary move to make the jump to a BB? What about a boutique like Moelis that has notoriety but (i think) does more LBOs and Iess focus on emerging companies. I dont want to re-recruit, but I also want to have the best for my career.Let me know any thoughts and thanks for the help as always!

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Jul 28, 2021 - 10:50am

I've seen people (or at least one person that comes to mind now) go from Gugg to VC (a top VC for that in its kind of niche). I think wherever you feel you can do the best work and contribute the most would be best for your career. If you feel like you would be a better employee at a BB then try to go there. If you think you want to move to VC, then prob even a small VC would be better than a big bank as a next career move. Just my opinion. Good luck

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Jul 28, 2021 - 2:52pm

Of these, Guggenheim is by far the best investment bank. With that said, FTP and (especially) SVBL might be more familiar to VCs.

With that said, at the end of the day, it's probably true that any firm that will select you for an interview from SVB or FTP will also take you coming from Gugg TMT, even if they don't know that Gugg is a great shop. 

I would say differences seem negligible, so go where you're the best culture fit and will do the most VC-relevant work. 

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Jul 28, 2021 - 3:00pm

what statistics do you (or other VC recruiters) look to when making the decision that they would rather look for talent at Gugg. FTP and Leerink are both better when it comes to their respective verticals right?

Aug 4, 2021 - 11:47pm

Bump - I am considering doing full time recruitment, but I really do like my firm. But will being at a Centerview / JPM / Goldman boost my chances that much?

path less traveled

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Nov 24, 2021 - 8:51pm

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