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Feb 4, 2016

I would say MBB if you can get into one as a strategy consultant. You will have a lot of exit opps.

Feb 5, 2016

Thanks :)

Feb 8, 2016

Are you asking this in a general sense or do you have a specific VC in mind? Since most VC firms require some IB/consulting/start-up experience, I would imagine roles for undergrads may not be that great - probably a non-investment role. If that's the case, I'd take MBB in a heartbeat. However, if you can get an investing role out of undergrad, I'd seriously consider it - many people leave MBB to pursue VC and, in fact, many desire to but can't make the switch.

In the end, if you want to pursue a career in VC then just take the VC role (assuming it's a good one). If you aren't sure what you want to do, go MBB. Both are great careers and will get you into top b-schools if that's something you want to do.

Feb 8, 2016

In general, MBB would give you a broader experience and more versatility down the road.

With that said though, if you can land a gig at one of the top VC funds like Andreesen Horowitz, Benchmark, Kleiner Perkins, or Sequioa, jobs at those places are so sought after and hard to get that the signaling effect might open even more doors than MBB. There's a pretty big dropoff in the VC space after the Top 10 or so funds though, because it's an asset class where the returns are super concentrated at the top. If your offer is for Tumbleweed Capital, don't bother.

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Mar 23, 2016

I'm interested in your 2 cents on "Wellington Partners" in London. Would you say they're a good VC firm?

Mar 24, 2016

I personally have never heard of them, but I don't know the European landscape very well.

Here's a list of their investments:
Again, nothing I've heard of, but I know very little about what's going on in Europe.

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Dec 10, 2018

can I pm you ?

Dec 12, 2018


Mar 23, 2016

Depends entirely on the role and firm. MBB is a known quantity, you'll get an elite name on your resume, a great network, incredible work experience, and a highly structured career path. VC out of undergrad can be entirely hit or miss. Some will have you cold-calling all day as "business development", others may have you in legitimate investing roles which could be great. Some firms are tiny crack-shops, others are excellent and do great work with great people and great firms.

If it's a decent firm and an actual investment role, I would definitely at least consider VC assuming that's something you actually want to do. You may find yourself starting in a position a lot of people would love to exit to later. If you're not sure what you want to do, if you want more flexibility, if you think you'd like the work in consulting more, or if you have any doubts about either the firm, the people at the firm, the work the firm does, your role at the firm, or your future career options at the VC firm, then I'd go MBB no question.

Mar 24, 2016

I mean, what would you enjoy more?

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Mar 24, 2016

I think either opportunity is a great start to your career. At this point it's totally fine to not know what you want to do in 10 years and both jobs will be launching points that will give you different looks into different areas.

A majority of people who go into consulting are not there for 10 years whereas VC is career that people are looking to get into after years of IB or consulting. As far as B School goes it doesn't really matter which opportunity you chose (as long as the VC is somewhat known) and you kick ass at either position, adcoms love to see someone who went above and beyond in their work and stood out from their peers.

You can also use LinkedIn to see where people from either company ended up later in their career and for B school admissions.

You should look at this decision in terms of fit, did you enjoy your internship with the VC, what feel did you get from the consulting company, where are you going to be located, are you moving far from home, what sacrifices are involved with either choice, training opportunities, career progressions at each company, and how do you feel about traveling every week (up at 4am on Mondays and back at 11pm on Thursday), but ultimately I'd go with my gut feeling.

Best of luck, let us know what you choose.

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Mar 24, 2016

First and foremost, what would your focus be at AT Kearney? Second, what do you mean by $5M attracted by the Company? Has the Company closed on this investment, or not? If not, there could be a long way to go.

You really need to do a better job explaining your situation(s) if you expect to get any useful feedback on here.

Mar 24, 2016