VC Associate @ Capital One Growth Ventures in McLean, VA

At Capital One, we’re building a leading information-based technology company. Still founder-led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fairbank, Capital One is on a mission to help our customers succeed by bringing ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to banking. We measure our efforts by the success our customers enjoy and the advocacy they exhibit. We are succeeding because they are succeeding. 

Guided by our shared values, we thrive in an environment where collaboration and openness are valued. We believe that innovation is powered by perspective and that teamwork and respect for each other lead to superior results. We elevate each other and obsess about doing the right thing. Our associates serve with humility and a deep respect for their responsibility in helping our customers achieve their goals and realize their dreams. Together, we are on a quest to change banking for good. 

Associate – Capital One Growth Ventures 

About the Capital One Growth Ventures team:
Capital One Growth Ventures (COGV) is the strategic venture investment arm of Capital One. We seek to invest and partner with cutting-edge technology startups in order to bring Capital One the latest technology, applications, and learnings from innovators and industry experts. We are uniquely positioned at the intersection of Capital One’s business and tech organizations and the startup world. We continuously survey the market for opportunities that not only result in financial return but drive strategic impact and better experiences for Capital One customers. 

The COGV team has members in San Francisco, New York, and Capital One Headquarters (McLean, VA) who work to identify new opportunities in enterprise tech, big data, cybersecurity, identity, payments, fintech and other sectors. 

Some of our investments include: Snowflake, Riskified, ThoughSpot, Feedzai, Fauna DB,, Hazelcast, and Cylance. 

Who we’re looking for:
We seek a highly motivated and energetic Associate to join our team in McLean, VA or New York, NY. As an important member of the COGV team, associates spend their time partnering with internal stakeholders to identify and validate areas of interest that are relevant to Capital One. Associates will also have the opportunity to evaluate potential investment opportunities, maintain engagement with portfolio companies, and work with senior management across the company to build long-term partnerships. This person maintains a deep understanding of enterprise products and services and has a passion for understanding emerging technologies and trends. This team member is an articulate, professional communicator with the ability to share business and industry knowledge at various levels including the most senior leaders at Capital One. Previous experience or a strong interest in working directly with startup companies and understanding the startup world is highly desired. 

The role:
As part of the COGV team, you will work to identify internal partners, use cases and technology gaps. You will use this knowledge to search the market, perform due diligence on startup industry segments, and recommend the right startups to relevant internal stakeholders and partners. The role is a multi-faceted one and requires well-developed financial, strategic, and interpersonal skill sets. 

Your role will be a combination of both internal and external responsibilities. 

Internal responsibilities include:
Strategic Communication & Coordination: Develop strong relationships with Capital One business and technology leaders. Understand their strategic priorities, challenges and needs. Serve as a liaison to keep the COGV team informed of internal priorities, providing ideas and guidance for potential investments. Help disseminate strategic intelligence and learnings from our venture investing activities throughout Capital One. 

Business Development: Work with COGVs portfolio companies to develop a deep understanding of their business, technology, and product roadmaps. With this understanding, engage Capital One teams across and business and technology functions to develop new use cases and partnership opportunities. 

Due Diligence: Use your understanding of technology, business models and emerging trends to evaluate potential investments and their ability to deliver strategic value to Capital One. Identify relevant internal technical resources and external consultants, and lead the creation of due diligence artifacts on prospective investments within short timelines. 

External responsibilities include:
I nvesting: Collaborate with COGV team members to identify, vet, and execute venture investment transactions. 

COGV Community Building: Engage with the startup and tech ecosystem to help build relationships with promising CEOs, investors and portfolio companies’ target customers. Help build awareness of Capital One and evangelize the COGV brand in order to increase our network of relationships, reputation and deal flow. 

Qualities of Potential Hire include:
Experience with and strong understanding of technology, especially in one or more of COGVs’ focus areas: fintech, enterprise tech and cloud, big data, cybersecurity, identity, payments 

Self-starter with interest in corporate innovation, startups, technology, financial services 

Hunger to learn about and understand complex technology and business problems 

Strategic and tactical mindset 

Creative thinker and dot connector 

Trustworthy, Influencer, Networker 

Ability to maneuver and drive change in a large organization 

Team player with proven ability to influence and collaborate with others to drive results 

Demonstrable leadership, communication & analytical skills 

Strategic mindset, with the ability to identify and assess key points, implications and recommendations and to provide thought leadership 
​ Basic Qualifications 

Bachelor’s degree or military experience 

At least 3 years of experience in business development, professional services, consulting, investment banking, investing or startup 

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree required in a technical (Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Operations) or a financial field (Business, Finance, Economics) 

3+ years of start-up or entrepreneurial experience within one or more of COGV’s focus areas (noted above) 

3+ years of experience in both financial and deal experience (investment banking, investing) or strategy and partnership experience (corporate venture capital, consulting, business development) 

3+ years of experience in a financial services related field 


If interested, please apply here.

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