Better Ventures is an Oakland based, investing at the intersection of technology and impact. Better Ventures seeks outsized returns by backing founders on a mission to solve the world’s biggest problems. We back passionate entrepreneurs leveraging the tools and methodologies of the modern technology startup to address some of society’s biggest challenges, from narrowing the opportunity gap to improving health outcomes to accelerating the transition to a sustainable economy. Given the magnitude of these problems and the enormous market opportunities they represent, we seek to back founders with the intellectual capacity and drive to build truly world-changing companies.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Better Ventures is hiring an Associate to support the growth of our firm and the launch of our third fund this year. This is a unique opportunity to join a small, high performance team and gain tremendous experience and responsibility with a venture firm at the forefront of backing founders on a mission to solve the world’s biggest problems. As an Associate, your first and foremost responsibility will be identifying and securing exceptional early-stage investment opportunities with the potential for outsized financial returns and impact at scale. You will build a robust deal sourcing network to generate consistent high-quality deal flow, hone your analytical skills to select investments to present to the partnership, and then lead the due diligence and transaction process. You will demonstrate the discernment, professionalism, and rigor required to identify, win, and close new opportunities. In addition to investment responsibilities, you will also take on a variety of other important tasks including portfolio company engagement, investor reporting, and managing various office operations.
What might this resemble?
A unique individual who has an intense passion for mission-driven entrepreneurship combined with the skillset and determination to do exceptionally high-quality work. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset who has the discipline and drive to work effectively in a fast-paced environment. Prior experience in venture capital, private equity, investment banking, and startups is important, but attitude and demonstrated excellence in your previous work are what matter most. A graduate degree is a plus as is access to an existing founder network and proven technical expertise (e.g. computer science or engineering). We value teamwork, rigor, honesty, and high moral standards and will only consider candidates who exude these qualities. This is a rare opportunity to join an innovative and respected mission-driven venture firm, gain exposure to world-changing entrepreneurs at the cutting edge of technological innovation, and make a significant contribution to society through your career.
- Intense passion for mission driven entrepreneurship
- Self-starter, with the ability to work hard and get things done
- Growth mindset, adaptive to change and individually motivated
- Intellectual curiosity and a need to dig into new material
- Teamwork, rigor, honesty, and high moral standards
- Growing network with strong relationship-building skills, and ability to drive influence
- Technical background a bonus, but not necessary
- Demonstrated entrepreneurial drive in your career is a strong plus
- Strong oral and written skills, an ability to connect with founders and to succinctly convey ideas to the team internally