Recent vc discussion shows theres some interest (as well as misunderstanding) in the vc industry. Further, even though vc isn't "pure finance" its pretty clear it's becoming more relevant to other finance industries given so many companies both getting huge funding and going public (via spac or ipo). Ms me if you want I get it but seriously, I think it'd be an interesting board and I'm not sure a good vc forum exists elsewhere on the internet.
17 Feb 2021
Saw someone else post about this and recently crossed my mind due to the hot IPO market. It does seem like theres a ton of shitcos being unloaded onto the market via spacs and IPOs. VCs are playing hot potato with unprofitable companies only to make them grow fast and then sell them to the next guy. Is it possible this is a bubble or can lead into that territory combined with current insane valuations. How would this end up?
05 Mar 2021
I'm a nontraditional student newly out of active duty military. I've been admitted to a few good schools. Though, my school choice will ultimately depend on the job opportunities post-undergrad. My school choices are Yale, UChicago, and Dartmouth. Dartmouth and UChicago have a large focus on the financial district more so than Yale. Though I cannot disregard Yale's network opportunity through name power alone. Chicago is a financial hub for hedge funds so it makes sense to attend UChicago. At the end of the day, if three students graduated with the same extracurricular activities, GPA, and
17 May 2021
I've been sitting on this post for a while. I was waiting for it to turn into a success story; started-from-the-bottom-now-we're-here kind of story. But it's been so long I'm going to post it anyway. ###My Background: Finance degree from non-target, super involved on campus, extracurriculars, case comps etc. Worked my ass off to somehow maintain a 3.9 GPA. Managed to land a couple solid internships. I'm also well on my way through the CFA program. ###My Story: I've been on the job hunt for quite a while now. My school has no alumni in finance. My approach has been to apply to jobs
19 Jan 2020
Title says it all. Currently in college, understand VC out of undergrad is very difficult and also heard that turnover among jrs is common. I'm wondering how possible it is advance up the ladder in a fund after going in straight out of undergrad. Thanks for responses.
05 Jun 2021
I've been accepted to the above schools. Some of the discussions have a consensus that Yale through connection opportunities outweigh the other schools for HF/VC opportunities out of undergrad even though UChicago and Dartmouth have a large finance placement. Brown has a large consulting placement but not in HF as UChicago or Dartmouth. I've even heard Dartmouth is heavy in IB(which is not what I want to do even if it's the conventional route to HF). I'm having difficulty deciding which school to attend. More consideration: Yale did not offer very good financial aid. Dartmouth 100% aid
20 May 2021
I am leading a startup accelerator/VC (part of a Chinese innovation company) in China, Shanghai, since 2019. Our focus areas are MedTech, EdTech, Smart Manufacturing, CleanTech - Seed/pre-series A mainly. Any startups interested in expanding to China - feel free to get in touch ;) Prior to that I worked in strategy consulting across Europe for 3 years (based in Frankufrt, then Berlin). Studied in Mannheim, founded a students startup intiative. On the side, I am rather active on social media, especially on YouTube (search for "Kevin Jon") and talking about management consulting, venture capital
28 Feb 2020
Hey everyone, I have a question related to DCFs in Venture Capital and was hoping for some guidance: When doing a DCF for a new VC round, after discounting the cash flows and summing them to the PV of Terminal Value you would get to your Enterprise Value. Then you deduct the pro forma Net Debt (accounting for the new cash from the investment) to get to the Post-Money value of the business. This valuation clearly depends on the VC round being successful, because the Company needs the cash to generate future revenues - so the Company would be worth less without the new capital from the current
27 May 2021
Lets say you are at the beginning of your career, just out of college and have an offer from a VC firm (Investment Analyst position) from which you would go on to do more VC later on an Asset Management firm (Equity Analyst position) from which you would aim to move on to a boutique L/S hedgefund. Which one would you choose and why?
16 Apr 2021
Hi, I am a high school senior who was admitted to several universities. My top choices are the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley (College of Letters), Carnegie Mellon University (Information Systems program), and Georgia Tech (College of Computing). I will probably pursue Computer Science at university or Computer Science with a combination of Economics/Business. My goal is not to really work in FAANG but ideally launch a startup (going into Entrepreneurship). Otherwise, I would be interested in going into PE/VC or working in Investment Management firms with a specific technology focus. I
11 Apr 2021
In his eternal quest to become a billionaire, Jay Hova is launching a VC fund. Say what you want, but the dude is in no way comfortable being a billionaire when you combine his and his spouse's fortunes. He definitely wants his own billion. In the past few years Jay has launched a sports agency, purchased Tidal (which Sprint recently invested in at a handsome valuation), and now, he is going to be raining $$$ on these Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. What are your thoughts on the burgeoning celeb VC scene? Melo, Kobe, and now Jay Z have entered the space in recent years. I, for one, hope they're
23 Feb 2017
Short background I am finishing my MSc this summer at a well-known European university and have ~1.5 years of internship experience at boutique IBs (1 year as a working student, 0.5 year as a full time student). I have an offer from a corporate venture capital and a tech-focused boutique IB in the DACH region, but I am having a hard time choosing between them. Pay is comparable. Corporate venture capital Analyst level position Venture Capital Arm of a leading insurance group Fintech, Insurance, Digital Health focus They have around 150-200M EUR in AUM, they will be launching their next fund
11 Apr 2021
Bit curious as to what you all view as the top VC markets in the US/Internationally currently? In the US, I'd assume that the San Francisco Bay Area is the top but what other major cities do you see as hotbeds for lots of activity right now? Also looking on towards the future, what are some up and coming areas and do you see any areas in decline anytime soon? Same questions apply for international markets. EDIT: Someone brought up a great point about the quality of startups in a lot of these major cities. Where do you see startups actually being successful and undergoing meaningful exits?
18 Jul 2017
Hi All - I'm ~5 or so years out of college. I did not do a formal 2 years of investment banking and was instead hired out of undergrad as an analyst at a fund. I've worked at several firms in several major US cities. I've worked at one smaller regional firm with $500M - $1B AUM and have since worked for larger firms with $3B+ and $5B+ AUM, both of which are well known and respected in the investment community. In terms of deal experience I've worked on 10-20 deals so far in my career that have ranged from $10M Series A investments to $20M-$50M minority growth equity investments in unprofitable
04 Sep 2016
Hi everyone ✋ Had a hypothetical - If I were to acquire private shares for $50 at Company A and another firm wants to buy them for $75, will I legally be able take the 50% markup? Assumes Company A is good with it. How would you structure it? This is a hypothetical - will consult a lawyer if needed but wanted to see if this forum had thoughts.
28 May 2021
"Hypothetical" scenario: A debut micro-VC fund with $10 million in assets has an opening for a junior investment team position. At 2% per year, the fund only has $200k a year to cover all fund expenses and overhead. The fund has two general partners. Neither of the general partners are taking any salary. The general partners have above-average intelligence and strong operating experience with successful exits under their belt (i.e. you believe you would be able to learn a significant amount from them), but this is their first time doing VC. The general partners have put into writing that the
27 Mar 2021
Hi, I just started my first year at a high-tier MM IB in a well-regarded industry group. I am really enjoying the work so far, how the culture is, and I am happy with where I am at. All the other first year analysts have began discussing the PE recruitment timeline, but I am interested in Corporate Development (CD) and Venture Capital (VC) in my industry vertical (potentially another one as well but I know sticking to my industry is far easier and I am enjoying it thus far). I have four topics/questions I would like to know more about: 1) Any insight around the timeline for CD and/or VC
23 Sep 2020
I am starting at a new shop in a week. Will be working on real estate acquisitions, real estate development and small venture capital opportunities. My new employer is offering me a low-interest line of credit to co-invest in deals, to be used at my discretion. The line tops out at $25k/year, which for reference is about a third of the base comp. The interest and principal on the line get paid out as the deals perform. I am not very familiar with the various co-investment structures out there so I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this type of structure and what some of the
24 Aug 2020
I started a company my senior year of college in the CPG food space. Long story short is we spent a lot of time and money in R&D and by the time we launched Covid-19 hit and everything went downhill from there. My startup was largely unsuccessful from a sales standpoint, however we did accomplish quite a bit and it is a very sellable story. I'm very interested in getting into VC, specifically a firm with an Ag-Tech focus because I know the space. I have a finance degree from a non-target and a not-so impressive GPA. Is it possible to freshen up on my modeling skills and recruit for VC analyst
20 Aug 2020
So I hear a lot about networking on this site and how it is important, especially if you go to a non-target or a semi-target. How hard is networking and how should one go about networking? In an ideal world, I would want to work for a BB investment bank or at least an EB investment bank, however I fear that this may not be possible if I go to what is considered a non-target. Any helpful tips on how to network properly and your own experiences with networking would be greatly appreciated.
05 Mar 2017
Hi everyone. I wanted to get some candid advice from all of you about a job I'm thinking about taking. It is a VC role at a top-tier firm. I'm being directly hired as an associate (so I'll skip the two-year analyst role). My only concern is that I believe that the salary is slightly low. I'll basically be making a little less than 100K on an annual basis. I know that this is a unique opportunity but I have a number of banking offers that would allow me to make your typical BB type salary. However, I strongly want to be in VC long-term. This VC role would clearly set me up to be a partner well
19 Dec 2017
I'm looking to update my resume for VC / growth equity roles (around Principal level). I've got 10+ years of experience and have worked in 4-5 roles (including banking) before VC. I managed to get it down to one page with size 10 font, but it required a lot of cutting and playing around with margins. One recruiter (who handles PE/buyside roles in Canada) mentioned she believes two pages is fine given years of exp, and she personally prefers it in this case cause it's easier to read. But I'm also looking at VC/GE roles in US, and wonder if there's a preference here. Is there a rule around 1 vs
04 Mar 2021
Hi monkeys - anyone know about companies like Pagaya, Square, Venmo, BlockFi, etc. Have a corp. strategy role lined up (associate level) with the opportunity to be promoted to PM style role within 1-3yrs. Do these types of shops have a good reputation or good exit opportunities if I decide it isn't up my ally? Thinking I want to transition to tech-focused VC in the next few years and not sure if adding this to my background would be valuable to VC's combined with my few years working at tech startups in a strategy/operations role.
07 Jun 2021
So I just got notified that I've been invited to interview at a top tier growth equity firm, and the opportunity just sounds absolutely amazing so I'm desperate to land the position. If someone currently at a growth equity fund wouldn't mind elaborating on the interview process, I'd be forever grateful. An overview of the typical growth equity interview process, some fit / industry (HCIT and B2B SaaS) questions they'll probably ask, general finance questions more relevant in GE, etc. would be great. I've only found generic overviews with search, and I also have additional questions. I will
27 Sep 2012
Hello all, I am currently a first year analysts at a decent MM IB who has always dreamed of being a VC or starting my own thing. Recently, I've been presented with the opportunity to do the latter from a buddy of mine who had already exited a semi-successful venture backed startup as its co-founder. He would like to bring me on as his co-founder for this new venture which I have high conviction in and am excited about. The thing is however, I feel like I have no safety net should things not work out. Unlike him (rich parents, very well plugged in the venture scene) I went to a non-target, grew
25 Mar 2019
Recently saw a post that Lightspeed Venture Partners has hired three new partners across a few of their platforms. One of the hires is a (seemingly) 25/26 year old 'Growth Partner' with only 3 prior years experience in public markets investing at Point72. This is bizarre to me. Granted, there is some overlap in late growth with public markets investing, but the fact is they brought on a junior person with no prior experience in the space as a partner. For context, she still has her role as a portfolio manager in UVa's student fund on her LinkedIn. I feel like this could be due to one or more
22 Jul 2020
Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in October 2013. The venture capital business has gone through a lot of changes over the past decade. Most recently we've seen regulations implemented that give regular Joes access to deals only institutions and accredited investors could touch previously, and the swelling ranks of Dot Com and Web 2.0 millionaires (and billionaires) have elbowed out a lot of traditional venture capital shops. That trend looks like it's only going to continue, and the latest proof of that is the expanding role of angel investors in the startup ecosystem
06 Feb 2016
Is it possible to break into the venture capital industry right out of undergrad? And what are the best routes to take to break into venture capital?
01 Jan 2017
Anyone ever hear of them? A small VC shop based in Brooklyn, they just posted an opening for summer intern and was wondering if anyone knew anything about them? Can someone share some insights
12 Apr 2021
Does anyone have any thoughts on the exit opportunities from highly sourcing based roles that are common in growth equity and VC (e.g. Spectrum, Summit, TA, Battery)? Specifically as it relates to: - MBA opportunities (are you still competitive for top 7 MBAs, or is McKinsey/Bain/BCG a better platform?) - Promotion opportunities (can you still make partner after an MBA?) - Does it set you up well for leadership in other companies? Basically, the daily-life of sourcing-heavy roles actually appeals to me, but I want to be sure to not shoot myself in the foot in early career.
13 Jan 2020
There has been increasing talk of Africa being the next big boom, especially in technology. Without saying too much about what I think, I would like to hear WSO's opinion on the future of Africa, including for investment purposes. I know there is a LOT of corruption, and I have great hatred for the ANC (as it currently is, not Mandela's ANC) and Mr. Zuma Booo. However, South Africa appears to be one of the more developed economies. Provinces such as the Western Cape that is run by the DA rather than the ANC, as well as a few select VC's / private sector people, are doing quite a lot to improve
22 Dec 2013
Curious about what kind of candidates healthcare and biotech-focused VCs look for. It seems like many partners have a Ph.D or an MBA - how necessary is that? I'm certainly aware there isn't just one path. For context, I am a graduating senior and deciding between three offers in MBB consulting, and BB healthcare investment banking (both at analyst level). I also have an opportunity to join a biotech startup instead. MBA or science master's degree are an option in the future! But the end goal is VC.
25 Jun 2018
Hi all. Saw quite a bit of interest in VC / how to get into VC on the forum, and thought it would be good to do a Q&A for anyone interested in breaking into the industry. I'm just about to begin my 2nd year as an analyst at a top-tier, sector-agnostic Asian VC fund ($1b+ AUM). Happy to answer any questions on the job / lifestyle / recruiting / trends / etc. Ask away!
21 Sep 2020
Good evening everyone! (or whatever time it is in your time zone), I wanted to open up some time for Q&A with the WSO community. WSO was a very helpful tool in helping me pursue internships and gain knowledge on particular areas in finance, specifically IB, PE, and VC related. I believe it is only just for me to give back by answering any questions you may have. Unfortunately my old account got erased some time ago, so I had to quickly create a new one to get back in the WSO game. This post is going to be long as hell, so put on those reading glasses, pour yourself a stiff one, and enjoy! My
29 Apr 2016
I came across a blog with very specific notes on the class Peter Thiel is currently teaching at Stanford. I've been going through a class lecture a day when I get some down time in the office. Here are some takeaways I thought we're good from the first 3 lessons. (Some of these are little obvious, but still hold true) Lesson 1: Progress comes in two flavors: horizontal/extensive and vertical/intensive. 1. Horizontal or extensive progress basically means copying things that work. In one word, it means simply "globalization." 2. Vertical or intensive progress, by contrast, means doing new things
11 Dec 2012
Hey All, Hope everyone is doing well. I was wondering - does anyone have any experience or know of the top PE/VC firms in the greater Nashville area? I'm currently working in strategy/advisory/analytics at a top tech company in the NYC area (I'm ~mid-level with 10ish years of experience). My wife and I are looking to start a family and, being that we're both from the South, would love to move back to Nashville. Being in NYC is a great luxury, and if I wanted to change jobs I have a plethora of choices, but I'm not entirely sure what's out there for me in Nashville. I would love any thoughts
08 Jan 2019
Hi WSO - I've worked in big tech (think FAMGA) since graduation ('17). Went to a top 10 US UG, currently working in product, was previously in corporate strategy (got to work on an acquisition in 2019). I would like to transition to the investment side for my next role; ideally in early stage VC, open to Growth Equity. Not super interested in Seed (not a good fit), or in Buyout (not a good fit; not a banker). If anyone has experience making this transition, or has peers who have, I'd love to hear any and all advice. I am just now starting the process. Some avenues I'm considering searching
05 Mar 2021
What is typical pre-MBA compensation at a VC firm in a major market (e.g. SF, NYC) after two years of IB or consulting? I've heard the total comp is lower than PE, but looking for information about typical base salary, bonus, and carry ranges.
05 Jan 2018
Hi All - I currently sit in a vanilla ECM team at a BB, 1 year away from Associate. I like the seat and enjoy the equity markets, but don't love the vanilla "IPO" process and think I want to have a slightly more bespoke role, as I feel like that is where a lot of value can be added in a commoditized business. I am currently in discussions with both Barclays and JPM (luckily had a connection at Barclays from my family) regarding their Private Capital Markets/Private Placements teams, and was wondering if anyone had any opinions on these teams. From what I have gathered, it seems like they do
28 Feb 2021
Hi Everyone! Long time user of the IBD forum but first time posting here :) Bit of a long story but to make it short, I'm taking a career break after close to a decade in IBD. One of my friend's early stage start up (in which I invested some $$ in) is getting approached by a few regional VCs, and with the inbound interest + sales growth he's looking to scale up and wants to raise 'big' which is 7-8 figures. He would like me to lead the round given he's got no finance experience & would like to keep focusing on driving sales. I've spent years doing large scale M&A & IPOs but this whole VC/start
14 Jun 2021
Hello everyone, i'm a junior at a decent tech school (~ucsd, purdue, uiuc) studying cs/ce, and i am going to be an apm intern at google/facebook. I was wondering whether the top vc's recruit from the google apm program. looking at linkedin and the bios on firm websites, it doesnt appear that many apms are hired at top firms, but i've heard (anecdotally) that exits are decent. Also, there is a chance that i may have to take an engineering, and not apm role at google (abysmal intern to ft conversion rate for apm interns). would i still be able to get good vc roles if i do 2 years as an engineer
18 Jan 2021
Hi guys, I'm interviewing for a VC analyst role and have been told there will be a take home case study. Any idea, on how to prepare for it,any blogs to refer to, any sample case study solutions, and differentiate among candidates? So far it has been fit rounds.
17 Jan 2021
Hi everyone! Does anyone have any thoughts about the likelihood / how possible it is to move from Corporate Strategy to PE (maybe VC) when I have an IB background? Has anyone made a similar move? For some context, I recently started a role in Corporate Strategy at a high-growth, pretty well-known (at least to millennials/Gen Z) tech company and have been on the job for ~3 months. Before that, I was a first year associate in IB at a top three BB (GS, MS, JPM), having been promoted after my 2 years as an analyst. I also graduated from a top-tier undergrad target school. I didn't do the
04 Apr 2021
Looks like they spun out of Day View Capital (also don't know much about them). Does anyone have much info on their investing style/reputation/culture/pay?
14 Dec 2020
I'm currently at a tech company and we are going to an early round of funding. Was wondering if people could provide some resources or guidance regarding pre-revenue startup valuation with negative EBITDA. I have a public comps and precedent transaction analysis but, there are not many comps out there that are in or like our business. Also, the valuations are not even ballpark. I also tried the Venture Capital Method of valuation but am having some pitfalls (ie dont know what hurdle rates to use ect.). Could anyone suggest other valuation methods? Maybe some resources to use when putting these
23 Sep 2020
Hi everyone, I am a high school senior who was recently accepted into BC CSOM. I have already been accepted as a direct admit into IU-Kelley and the Hutton Honors College. My plan is to enter venture capital/private equity or IB after college. I am out-of-state for Indiana so I would be paying 40k a year though I am receiving the Dean's Scholarship of 11k a year. BC is 70k a year. I am not receiving any financial need but if anyone could let me know if you think the opportunities are worth the extra cost I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
28 Mar 2021
Ah venture capital – the end all be all for some, a ticket to celebrity for others, and a chance to "invest in the future." Recent fund returns aside, VC seems like the place to be – you enjoy a better work/life balance than banking, you get to work with exciting technology (often shiny new toys as well if your fund has a hardware focus), and there's always that 1 in 1000 chance that you could source the next Facebook! With all these perks, why isn't everyone clamoring to jump to venture capital as opposed to the hedge fund or buyout shop route? For all its positives, venture capital may not
12 Jun 2012
I landed a gig at a seed stage VC out of undergrad. I love the work and even more so, the lifestyle. All my IB friends are jealous of my ~60 hour workweek and flexible setup, and I'm learning a ton. However, a lot of the skills I've been honing are more so in the qualitative analysis realm as opposed to the hard modeling skills an IB position would bring. I'd like to eventually make the jump to growth equity or maybe even PE but from my understanding the hires in these fields predominantly come from the pool of exiting IB analysts that are modeling gods. Has anyone swam upstream in VC before
02 Jun 2021