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Venture Capital Career Resources

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This page lists a variety of resources that might be useful to those who are seeking careers in venture capital. My hope is that this page can act as a starting point for those who are passionate about getting into the business.  Many of the posts below are ones that I read during my job search. I’d also encourage you to subscribe to my VC careers email list, where the content is 100% focused on VC job posting and tips to help you in your job hunt.  Also, if you subscribe, you’ll immediately receive a link via email to download an excerpt from my eBook Road to a Venture Capital Career.  Please input your email address in the field (and click ‘Submit’) below if you would like to subscribe. Thanks, and enjoy the ride… Venture Capital Career ‘Must Reads’ All of the books I link in this section are books that I’ve personally read (or wrote!) and recommend to any aspiring VC.  You’ll see that some of these are focused on company building versus VC investing.  And that’s exactly the point!  You really need to have both perspectives to be a good VC. Here are the affiliate links:

VC’s talking about getting VC jobs

VCs – how they act, what they do, what motivates them, and career path

Managing the VC job hunt

Blogs and posts that focus on the mechanics of the venture business itself

Internship Stuff

Recruiters who specialize in VC placements

Networking and Interviewing Tips

Venture Capital Jobs

The below listings do not have dates posted and are provided for informational purposes:

Other Resources

Here’s one more opportunity to subscribe to my VC careers email list, where the content is 100% focused on VC job posting and tips to help you in your job hunt.  Also, if you subscribe, you’ll immediately receive a link via email to download an excerpt from my eBook Road to a Venture Capital Career.  Please input your email address in the field (and click ‘Submit’) below if you would like to subscribe.

Written by John Gannon

October 6, 2008 at 11:52 pm

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  1. [...] a feed based on that tag.  I could also create a drop.io drop similar to the one I set up for my VC Careers page for jobs that come in via email.   This method would allow my social network to view jobs that [...]

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  2. [...] Venture Capital Career Resources (glad to see people are finding this useful, but wish there were more people commenting!) [...]

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  3. [...] » I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a short (< 50 page) e-Book about how to get a job in venture capital.  All proceeds from the eBook would go to charity.  To gauge interest, I’ve created a [...]

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  4. Hi, I´ve read a lot of posts both in your B-school blog and your VC blog. I am planning on applying to the J-Term starting Jan 2010. I was interested on your thoughts about it, especially from the job search perspective, compared with a two year program.
    I have a finance background and a job in VC would be ideal. Having said that, I am realistic and would like to keep my options open, especially bearing in mind that I am an international (Spain) and it will not be easy to stay in the US post MBA.
    Will the lack of a summer internship be a handicap? Have you seen your classmates hindered by this? Thanks in advance!

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    Inigo

    April 3, 2009 at 8:31 am

  5. @inigo

    Thanks for reading.

    I don’t think lack of summer internship will be a problem as long as you gain some experience during the school year by interning part-time with a venture firm or a startup. This will position you well to go either route (VC or startup) when you finish school.

    Regardless of 2 year / J-term, the VC job hunt is very hard. The only edge I perceived is that firms who were looking for a class of 2008 intern in Fall of 2006 would have not been an option for me. However, there were still plenty of opportunities available for those who ferreted them out.

    One thing you might consider if you can get some time off before starting school is to do a pre-internship with a VC or startup. Mark Davis (www.markpeterdavis.com) (CBS 2008 and now VC at DFJ Gotham) took this approach and it led to him working w/DFJ during b-school and now full-time employment.

    I hope this helps. Let me know if you have additional questions.

    Thanks again for reading.

    -John

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    jgannonwp

    April 3, 2009 at 2:48 pm

  6. [...] As a junior staffer at a VC firm, I think its important to understand where and how you can be helpful to portfolio companies.  The advice I received from my venture capital teachers Stuart Ellman and Will Porteous of RRE Ventures (blog) has stuck with me, and I’ve tried to operate using that advice since starting my VC career. [...]

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  7. John-

    Your blog is anything but “Another VC Blog.” The content has been quite helpful.

    May I request some advice? Currently I am a practicing heart surgeon (Northwestern-MD; General Surgery Residency-Stanford; Cardiovascular Physiology Fellowship- Stanford; Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship-UVA). I have always been interested in medical device commercialization and IP related to devices and healthcare. I recently completed a JD at Syracuse University in patent law and technology commercialization. I had such a great experience that I am starting Cornell Exec. MBA in the Fall. Planning to transition my career to VC at some point after two years- I’m currently 40.

    Are there any opportunities out there in VC (in any capacity) for a person such as myself as I complete business school? I will be in NYC area every other week. I am from SF and so will also be speaking to friends in VC out there for the same type of opportunity.

    Any thoughts would certainly be appreciated.

    Randy

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    Randy Green

    May 17, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    • Hi Randy – thanks for the note and I am glad you are enjoying the blog. I appreciate that you left a comment as well – it’s good to know someone is out there! :)

      Regarding opportunities to get involved with firms, here are some thoughts:

      - Firms will often hire subject matter experts to assist them with due diligence on potential investments. If you fit that description, I’d try to identify firms who are thinking of investing in that subsector of medicine, and approach them to learn more about their firm.

      - Approach firms with an idea for a structured project. You could propose a study of the cardiothoracic surgery widget market (substitute ‘widget’ for a real technology – as you know I’m not a healthcare guy :) and outline why you think it’s an attractive area in which to invest. And, you could point out potential companies in which to invest. As part of such a project, you’d need to spend alot of time talking to these companies as well, so you’d have the opportunity to do some sourcing as well.

      - If you’re unable to get involved with a VC firm, I’m sure there are some startups who would benefit from your services. In the same way you could propose a project to a VC firm, why not approach an interesting startup that’s addressing an area you find compelling?

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      jgannonwp

      May 18, 2009 at 9:24 pm

      • Great insights. I appreciate your time.

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        Randy Green

        May 18, 2009 at 11:07 pm

  8. Hi John thanks for this it is an incredible list and I thoroughly enjoy your blog.

    I would love to join a VC firm. I have an offer to join a Venture Debt/Lending firm as an Investment Associate in London UK. Do you thinking working at the Venture Debt fund for a couple years might be a reasonable stepping stone to become a VC? How might a VC view this transition? If not what might my career options be after that?

    Any thoughts would help a lot!

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    Jamie Hamilton

    November 23, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    • Hi Jamie —

      Thanks for reading, and I am glad you find the content useful.

      I do not personally know anyone who has jumped from venture debt to pure VC, but that does not mean it isn’t possible.

      If your ultimate goal is VC, then think about how the venture debt job can help get you there, and make sure you put yourself in situations where you build up skills that are transferable to VC.

      One thought that comes to mind is that venture debt is typically given to companies entering their growth phase or that are very close to profitability. If you are looking to work in growth equity/later stage VC then I think there might be a good deal of overlap in the types of companies you’d be looking for.

      I have a friend from my business school class who just entered the venture debt world, you may want to contact him and ask about his experience (feel free to say I referred you). His LinkedIn URL is: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/shahriq-sheikh/2/a87/718

      If you have trouble getting in touch with him, let me know and I will see if I can help.

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      John Gannon

      November 23, 2009 at 8:15 pm

  9. [...] out John Gannon’s VC Career Resource page for more [...]

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  10. For a top specialist site for private equity jobs and venture capital jobs see http://www.vc-jobs.com The site is the leading online jobboard for private equity recruitment (www.vc-jobs.com) and venture capital recruitment

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    Richard

    January 11, 2010 at 4:25 pm

  11. Good p[osts for VC oppertunities. I did not realise there was so much to it!

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    March 21, 2010 at 11:50 am

  12. [...] careers info is just the cherry on top.  I’ve also added a link to his VC careers page from my VC careers page. Share [...]

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  13. [...] luck if you decide to apply! But make sure you check out my VC careers page for a primer on getting a job in VC, first [...]

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  14. Many thanks for making the sincere effort to explain this. This was actually what I was looking for and I am glad to come here! Thanks for sharing such a valuable information with us.

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    Career

    January 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm

  15. Is an entrepreneur a good candidate for a VC analyst/associate position?…

    At first blush you would seem to be a good candidate, MBA or not. You should also be targeting post-MBA roles with the kind of background that you have. I think you’d have a good shot at positions in early stage firms given your entrepreneurial experi…

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    Quora

    February 28, 2012 at 12:01 am

  16. [...] or are simply interested in the world of venture capital, I’d encourage you to check out my venture capital careers page – lots of tips and information related to the role of a junior VC plus tips for [...]

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  17. [...] you are interested in this role, or careers in venture capital, would encourage you to check out my venture capital careers page. Tons of tips for job hunting in VC land from myself and other former and current [...]

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  18. Hi John,

    Can you suggest the best way to drop you a very brief one-on-one note regarding your work at AWS@NYC? I’d prefer not to guess my way to the right email addy! ;-)

    Dom

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    Dom

    October 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    • Dom – just send me a message via LinkedIn or email my first initial last name at amazon dot com.

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      John Gannon

      October 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

  19. […] from my VC Careers email list (you can subscribe from this page) often email me asking for advice about how to get […]

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  20. Any ideas on if a Ph.D. in Biology can break in to VC directly without work experience? Do you know how to go about the process?

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    PG

    March 3, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    • It would be hard to go straight from your PhD program to venture unless you had spent some time working in or with bio related VC firms or startups. And then it would still be hard :) It’s important to do things to build VC or startup experience. If you haven’t been doing that, start now.

      In terms of the process, I have lots of links on this page to articles (written by me as well as others) that can help you develop a strategy. My eBook also provides this information in a focused format.

      Good luck in your search!

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      John Gannon

      March 4, 2014 at 9:50 am

  21. […] Meet with a founder, ostensibly about a job with that founder’s company, but then tell them what you are really trying to do is find a job in venture capital. […]

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  22. […] VC associates sift through a fire hose of business plans from brilliant, motivated people all day.  You start to see the same ideas over and over. The same themes play out with small variations. […]

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