VC Principal @ M12 Ventures in San Francisco, CA

M12 is the corporate venture capital arm of Microsoft focused on early-stage investments enabling a cloud-first future, spanning big data & analytics, business SaaS, cloud infrastructure, AI & machine learning, productivity, and security. We are focused on driving financial returns by providing our B2B founders with unparalleled access to Microsoft’s value-added resources. We’re honored to have backed teams at over 80 great companies since launching the fund in 2016. M12 is headquartered in San Francisco with presence in New York, Seattle, Tel Aviv, and London.

We’re seeking a Principal or Partner to source, diligence, invest and assist the next cohort of market-leading startups as a key member of the investment team in San Francisco.  We place a premium on diversity of ideas and are excited to add new perspectives to our team. We value accountability, continuous learning, inclusivity, teamwork, transparency, and trust.

Key Responsibilities

  • Take a leading role in new investment activities, from deal sourcing to execution
  • Help to manage and add value to our existing portfolio and take board seats on new investments
  • Hire, manage and grow junior investment team members
  • Network and build the M12 brand

Qualifications for Principal

  • At least 6 years of work experience across the startup/tech ecosystem including 2+ years required, 4+ years preferred of venture investing with a track record of deal execution
  • Experience with a start‐up that reached a highly successful outcome; or operating experience with an established leading company in the B2B space is preferred 

  • Deep understanding of the start‐up ecosystem 

  • Successful candidates will understand market dynamics, competitive strategies, and business operations, with the ability to formulate a comprehensive investment thesis, and also proactively build a deal pipeline around that thesis 

  • Must understand industry and business models and dynamics of where value is created in an industry 

  • Regardless of functional expertise, must have exceptional presentation and communication skills
  • Ideal candidates will be able to “hit the ground running” through their deep domain expertise and a related network of extensive industry contacts and peers, and the desire to learn the venture capital business 

  • MBA preferred but not required

Additional Qualifications for Partner

  • At least 8 years of work experience across the startup/tech ecosystem including 4+ years required, 6+ years preferred of venture investing with a proven track record

Additional Skills and Experiences

  • Proven experience with evangelism, partnership and networking skills

  • Ability to develop creative insights, recommendations and solutions
  • Ability to influence internal and external audiences, stakeholders 

  • Experience working with entrepreneurs and demonstrated understanding of the entrepreneur culture: high energy, dedication and an unrelenting drive to succeed and win 

  • Demonstrated  leadership and people management skills; has the ability to effectively lead and find solutions in a constantly changing environment (Partner)
  • Experience managing multiple projects under compressed timeframes 

  • Demonstrated experience achieving results through collaboration in a strong team-centered environment

If interested, please apply here.

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