Founded in 1995, Insight Partners is a leading global venture capital and private equity firm investing in market-leading software ScaleUp companies. Some of these companies include Pluralsight, Qualtrics, Smartsheet, Alteryx, Yext, Trivago, HelloFresh, and Docusign. Insight has invested in more than 400 companies and has raised through a series of funds more than $30 billion in capital commitments. With 25 years of investment experience, our mission is to partner with enterprise-ready software companies that have proven business models and product-market fit, to accelerate growth for long term success.
Having completed 200+ portfolio led acquisitions, 100+ strategic exits, and more than 45 IPOs, Insight is the leading ScaleUp software investor. It engages in both majority and minority investments and purchases both primary and secondary shares. Insight’s focus on growth provides the financial flexibility to pursue investments such as growth equity, capital for M&A, PE buyouts, take-privates, pre-IPO rounds, and recapitalizations. Insight has been recognized by several awards and rankings including the Forbes Midas List, Fortune’s list of top-performing 20 funds, and the Private Equity International Awards.
Insight’s ScaleUp division, Insight Onsite, partners with Insight’s portfolio companies to build formidable software businesses. Onsite is comprised of 50+ operational experts with experience working at ScaleUp software companies, who have the shared goal to help portfolio companies define their business strategy, build their teams, and improve their operations as they scale. Onsite is organized via 6 Centers of Excellence: Talent, Product & Tech, Marketing, Sales & Customer Success, Business Development, and Strategy and M&A, to provide tailored guidance critical to scaling software businesses.
We look forward to having the opportunity to learn more about you!
A Growth Stage Venture Firm Opportunity
Our Investment Analyst program focuses on developing professionals in the venture and PE investing business. You will learn how to best speak to entrepreneurs, different business models that are attractive to Insight, how deals are structured and modelled, and all aspects of the lifecycle of a deal. You will be supported by an analyst mentor, your team members, and partners.
Few leading investment venture/PE organizations offer the type of opportunity that Insight Venture Partners offers undergraduates in their first job. The life blood of our organization is sourcing, and you will be immediately thrust into the chaotic world of venture-funded business. You will be speaking with entrepreneurs every day, learning from them, questioning them, and ultimately recommending if their business is worth considering for investment. We have a tradition of promoting from within and developing the skills that will propel analysts in their careers.
Sourcing venture businesses is not easy work
Funding growth stage venture business in the technology space today is not easy work. It is a competitive environment where many firms are trying to find their next “winner.” Insight’s approach is unique, and our Analysts are our front line in interacting with and informing entrepreneurs about the Insight difference. Our analysts are involved in the all stages of the deal process.
- Job #1—Find Great Companies – Finding great companies may sound easy…it isn’t. You will need to first locate them, ascertain their growth prospects and momentum, and learn about their markets. You will develop investment theses and, over time, develop deal judgement. It will be critical for you to be able to cultivate strong relationships with entrepreneurs and demonstrate the value that Insight provides these companies before, during, and after the fund raising process.
- Get involved with deals – When a deal goes live, you will be exposed to the evaluation process, negotiations, and due diligence. You may also have a role in performing industry and market research, financial modeling, and customer analytics.
- Developing investment memos – All of the work up to this point comes together in an investment memo which lays out both the risks and merits of a transaction. Here you will learn to present both the qualitative and quantitative analysis of a deal.
- Find great M&A targets – Many of our growth and PE investments rely upon successful acquisitions to bolster top line growth. You will learn how to identify synergistic M&A targets, how these deals might be structured, and how the post-acquisition company might be organized.
- Current undergraduate, graduating between December 2021 – June 2022.
- All undergraduate major fields of study welcome.
Is Insight right for you?
- Team matters to us – Every analyst will be placed on an investment team with its own personality and investment preferences. You will work as an integrated member learning about the type of companies that make sense for your team and for Insight. Your contribution to your team will be an important criterion in evaluating your success.
- The phone is our weapon – If you think that calling entrepreneurs on the phone to sell them on Insight is glorified telemarketing, then Insight probably is not the right place for you. We believe that our analysts and their outreach is our competitive advantage. Learning how to speak to entrepreneurs, sell them on our organization, and ultimately convince them to work with us is a skill set that will serve you well throughout your entire career…regardless of what you ultimately do! And when you are invited to a meeting you have a real value and contribution based on your existing relationship with the entrepreneur.
- We expect excellence – Insight has a tradition of hiring the best and the brightest. You will be pushed hard in a competitive environment to show that you can learn rapidly and that your thinking can evolve. The bar is high, but if you can succeed, you will be rewarded for your contribution.
- Learn by doing – We will train you and give you what you need to start your journey. But, ultimately you need to be comfortable working independently and be self-motivated. Every interaction internally and externally is an opportunity for you to learn. Analysts appreciate an environment where they are not micro-managed and can chart their own path to success.
- Do you love entrepreneurs? If you want to be an entrepreneur, start your own business. But, if you want to figure out what makes a successful business and how to help entrepreneurs win, then Insight could be right for you. Our goal is to find great businesses with great talent and then partner with them to help them succeed.
- Working hard is just the beginning – We work hard at Insight. Long hours and demanding work is the norm. But, we also think you should be able to have fun with the people you work with on a daily basis. There is a regular schedule of social events and outings throughout the year, where you will begin to appreciate that it is the people that make Insight so special.
- We like winning and people who want to win, but… Insight likes to win and that is integral to our culture. We also want competitive people who simply can’t stand losing. But, we also have a reputation as an ethical company that can be trusted. We expect no less from everyone who works with us. We want great people…no jerks allowed!
If interested, please apply here.