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A reader of my venture capital careers mailing list wrote to me with the question below. She’s an investment banker that’s thinking of going to work on a CFO’s team at a small tech company. Her goal? To eventually get a job in venture capital. Here’s what she said (slightly modified to protect the innocent): I wanted to get your opinion on a job I’m currently interviewing for. At some point I would like to get into VC but I realize with my current background that it may be more challenging. I am currently interviewing with XXXXXXXX in XXX. The role entails working with the CFO, as well as interacting with each of the business units to develop models, business plans, presentations, etc. They have emphasized that the role is not strictly creating models, but truly getting to understand the different products and business lines while working with the business heads. Apo... (more)

How to identify venture capital firms that may be hiring

It’s not always obvious which Venture Capital firms may be hiring. In just 2 and 1/2 minutes I’ll show you how to find out. Check out the audio download here. Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: hiring , vc careers, vc firms, Venture capital ... (more)

3 Tech Skills You Absolutely Need—Especially if You Don’t Code

When you’re working at a startup, even if you’ve never touched Python or Photoshop, you still need to be able to get stuff done when technical or design tasks come your way. See my post at The Daily Muse to find out why. Filed under: Uncategorized ... (more)

Going from zero to one? Incredible.

Don’t read the blog posts on “Here’s how to hire your 10th VP of blah blah blah.” That’s a rich man’s problem when you need to worry about scaling your sales team. What’s missing is understanding what it takes to be a five-person team to succeed. Going from zero to one is incredible. One to five is inconceivable. Beyond that, you’re not adding 100% of your organization every time you make a new hire. via Cooking Up App Ingredients — Medium. Filed under: Uncategorized ... (more)

Nothing you do is truly authentic

…nothing you do is truly authentic, it’s all part of a long-term strategy for how you’ll make an impact in the world. via Seth’s Blog: Is authenticity authentic?. Filed under: Uncategorized ... (more)