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Venture Capital Careers Panel at Columbia Business School

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On Thursday, myself and a bunch of my fellow Columbia Business School young alums (Mark Davis of DFJ Gotham, Eric Wiesen of RRE, and Bronson Lingamfelter of Rose Tech Ventures) sat on a panel sharing our experiences and advice on getting a job in the venture industry. The key takeaways were (in no particular order):

  • getting a job in VC is really difficult
  • most of us didn’t get our jobs until right around graduation (or soon after)
  • the terrible job market will certainly affect the venture job market and make it even tougher than it already is…and this year may not be the year to gamble that you can get a venture job
  • if you don’t like networking, VC isn’t the job for you
  • if you need a highly structured work environment, VC isn’t the job for you
  • finding internships in VC is all about proposing structured projects that don’t require much time commitment from the firm and its partners
  • the Kauffman Fellowship program is a good avenue to explore in addition to other VC job search efforts

I really enjoyed the panel and also met some great students afterwards that day and the next day at the VC/PE conference. Hopefully I’ll be able to participate again next year.

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Written by John Gannon

February 5, 2009 at 1:54 am

Is there a social networker in the (private equity) house?

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Last night I attended a deal sourcing presentation by Evaluserve, a private equity services firm.  The Columbia Business School alumni club of NYC sponsored the event as well as Cresa Partners.

I was one of (I think) two VCs in the room, so the rest of the folks must have been bankers, PE, hedge fund folks, etc.  The presenter discussed some interesting deal sourcing/origination strategies and focused quite a bit on the use of websites, web services, and groups to find new deals.

What was particularly interesting for me was when the presenter asked the room full of (I’m guessing 50 people) who had ever attended a meetup.

My hand went up and when I looked around the room, there were no other hands raised! certainly has more awareness among the tech and VC communities, but I wanted to see if there were some groups that looked like they might be appealing for PE folks to source deals.  Here are the ones that looked interesting to me…

Now, I only spent about 10 minutes looking for these Meetup groups, but with some more effort I am sure I could have dredged up some other interesting ones.

What’s the bottom line?

Outside of the tech community, business social networking has penetrated a tiny fraction of the addressable market.  LinkedIn, Spoke, Doostang, Xing, and various other social networking sites are only the beginning.  New tools are needed to make these sites more accessible to a non-technical audience, and integrations are needed between the social networking platforms and common IT productivity tools.  Even with the slew of social networking utility sites and plugins, there is still a huge opportunity here.  Identifying the winners in the space will be difficult, and for me, that means there’s alot of room for new companies to make an impact.

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Written by John Gannon

September 23, 2008 at 5:36 pm

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