VC Analyst @ Planet 9 Studio in Remote

Planet 9 Studio

Planet 9 is looking for an analytical and passionate Lead Venture Incubation Analyst to join us in our West Village office in Manhattan to be a part of our startup studio’s core team and help us bring our vision to life: to trail-blaze the path for neurodiverse children, teens & young adults (“young humans”) to become the best that they can (& want) to be and enjoy the thriving life journeys they deserve.

About Planet 9 Studio

We created Planet 9 to reimagine the path of neurodiverse, young humans to unleash their potential, achieve their goals in life, and have thriving & fulfilling life journeys. Our disruptive, consumer-driven approach is uniquely set to create innovative solutions at a scale that is orders-of-magnitude larger than anything seen before, and to deliver a life changing impact on the lives of neurodiverse young humans and the entire ecosystem surrounding them.

Leveraging the sizable funding round we have secured, we will incubate and scale startups that harvest the power of technology and Artificial Intelligence to deliver innovative solutions (products, services, tools & more) to neurodiverse young humans, their families, and other key influencers in their lives across a variety of life dimensions, including health, social wellness, education & employment.

Why a Startup Studio

The reason we created a startup studio and not just one startup company is two fold. The first is simple – the consumer pain points in the markets we are serving are vast and unfathomable yet the solutions to address them are few and far between. We have a robust (and growing!) pipeline of “ideas” – acute customer pain points we’ve identified paired with a treasure trove of technology-driven solutions to address them that will most effectively come to life by building multiple companies, not just one.

The second is to avoid the very high failure rate (+90%) of young startups. As a startup-studio, we can reduce these high failure-rates as we act in essence like a womb by providing for all the essential needs of the “unborn” seed “ideas”- customer problem-solution pairs. We nurture these disruptive ideas from day one to a successful launch and continue to support our startups post launch as they grow and scale. Our one-of-a-kind team of experienced entrepreneurs and technologies has mastery in the startup creation process and we are continuously enhancing and scaling it and we have investors who are co-founders who provide “built-in” frictionless access to funding.

About the Role

This role provides a unique opportunity to be part of a team that brings to life disruptive new ideas & builds new startups from the ground up. The Lead Venture Incubation Analyst will be directly involved in founding innovative new businesses that will have an undeniable impact on the lives of neurodiverse humans. This role would help us identify, ideate and validate game changing ideas & opportunities by taking them through our opportunity funnel all the way from idea stage to launch.

What You Will Do

  • Develop a strong understanding of our customer base and market landscape, understand user needs and use this knowledge as the basis for all your work.

  • Conduct market, consumer and competitive research with an eye towards the “so what” – identifying, testing & validating innovative ideas for new solutions (product, services) via primary and secondary sources (e.g. desktop research, customer/expert interviews, surveys, etc.).

  • Synthesize data into insights and go/no-go recommendations for moving opportunities forward through the idea funnel.

  • Work closely with your cross-functional “opportunity squad” (engineer, designer, GM & others) to build concept prototypes, conduct user testing and other market tests to validate viability.

  • Build compelling financial models & business plans for new startup launches.

  • Contribute to the studio’s idea pipeline working closely with the studio’s GM and other team members.

  • Help drive the team’s effort to continuously develop our agile Planet 9 Platform to efficiently and scalably support the creation, launch and growth phases of new startups via a relevant set of key frameworks, know-how, best practices, codified learnings & tools.

  • Track industry & consumer trends, dynamics and opportunities and synthesize into actionable insights.

About You

  • You have an innate drive and need to learn new things, and have done so in the past.

  • You are highly analytical: able to collect and analyze large sets of data. You are able to extrapolate and pave your way to insightful recommendations and “so what’s” even when data is missing or far from perfect.

  • You can go deep and be detail oriented, without losing the big-picture and ability to deliver key insights.

  • You are a fast learner, have a track record of being self-taught and gaining relevant, practical expertise fast.

  • You thrive in a fast-paced, ambiguous environment, and like to juggle many priorities at the same time.

  • No task is too small for you to take on with excitement: you are willing to roll up sleeves and get into the weeds if that is needed to get stuff done.

  • You have an agile mindset, and you like to learn via testing and iteration to maximize efficient outcomes.

  • You are an effective communicator with both executive leaders and junior team members, and you can present new insights with confidence.

  • You always keep your customer at the top of mind – whether it is an end consumer, another market stakeholder, or internal and external partners.

You Should Have

  • 4-6 years of experience at a top management consulting firm, private equity, or VC with a focus on evaluating disruptive/growth consumer businesses.

  • Experience conducting primary and secondary consumer research  – writing interview guides, moderating interviews with customers and experts, running quantitative surveys, etc.

  • Experience building detailed “new-business” financial models and business plans, sensitivity models,  and leveraging inputs such as CAC, CPA, LTV, unit economics, retention, pricing and costs.

  • Experience in healthcare is a plus.

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