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Associate VC Job at TDF Ventures in Washington, D.C.

TDF Ventures is a $150 million early-stage venture capital firm with a focus on tech-enabled, enterprise-focused businesses across the United States. We have backed successful companies like Virtustream, EdgeConneX, IEX Group, and Cyan, to name a few. Our current areas of interest include Infrastructure, Enterprise SaaS, Machine Learning/AI, Big Data/Analytics, Platforms and Cybersecurity.  TDF Ventures has offices in Washington DC and San Francisco.  We are currently seeking an Associate to join our investment team in Washington DC with an immediate start date.

We focus on early stage venture investing with a majority of our investments in Series A companies although we occasionally invest in seed stage and slightly later stage companies.  Our investment size ranges from $100K-$5m initial investments and $10m over the life of an investment.

The firm has two unique features.  First, all of the Partners have significant operating backgrounds.  We feel this provides a company with relevant experience, contacts and empathy. As a result, we frequently lead investment rounds and spend significant time working on operating issues with our portfolio. Second, we have a permanent base of capital and therefore a long-term investment horizon.  We aren’t required to invest or seek liquidity at a certain pace.  We can spend more time on portfolio companies because we don’t disappear for prolonged fund raising.  As long as a company continues to grow value at above market rates we can continue to invest.  We find both features of our firm closely align with management.

TDF Ventures also oversees the TDF Foundation whose mission is to advance the positive impact of technology in society.

Job Description

We’re offering a unique education in two areas that will likely be the foundation for your professional growth:

  1. The world of early stage investing: finding, evaluating and funding unique start-ups
  2. The operating role of an entrepreneur: facing unique challenges while building and growing companies

Few positions offer this dual view into the world of building great companies. We envision it as a 3-4 year position, after which the Associate will seek operating experience at a level where he or she could be considered as a candidate for Partner in the firm.  In exceptional circumstances, an Associate might be asked to continue at the firm in a more senior role, but this should not be the expectation from the onset.

The Associate will be responsible for identifying, qualifying, and analyzing new investment opportunities as well as providing operational support to portfolio companies.  The ideal candidate must be a person with a passion for start-ups who gets energized by calling on companies, learning about new technology and markets, and building a wide network. This entails managing a database of deal prospects, researching technology sectors, speaking with leadership teams of fast growing technology companies, and helping execute on the investment process.

Candidates may come from a mix of backgrounds, but most likely have spent a few years gaining both operating experience within a growth company as well as traditional management consulting or financial training. We find that an educational background in a quantitative or technical field to be a big advantage; an MBA or MS is not required but may be helpful.

To Apply

Success in this industry requires a great network, so we’d ask that you use yours to find a warm introduction to someone at our firm and send us an email with why you want to work with TDF Ventures.

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Written by John Gannon

October 31, 2016 at 6:49 pm

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