Recently, I have had at least a dozen friends ask me if I have any tips for those interested in the venture capital industry. I’m obviously still new to the field and trying to learn more myself, but here are some resources that I have found helpful. This is not meant to be an authoritative, exhaustive or objective guide; just a convenient way for me to share some resources that I personally like. I will keep adding to the list as I discover more resources.
General things to know:
- Most VCs didn’t plan on being a VC.
- VC firms are most likely to hire when they raise a new fund.
- VC firms don’t usually publicly post job openings for the investment team. The news usually spread within an enclosed network.
- If you don’t like meeting, talking to, and learning from new people, VC probably isn’t for you.
- Before you talk to any VC (or anyone in a professional setting), go to their website, familiarize with the portfolio and read everyone’s biography. It always pays to do your homework.
- This 1998 HBR article
- Tiffany Zhong’s “55 things learned as a 19 year old VC“
- Crystal Huang’s “What are unconventional ways to get an entry-level job at a venture capital firm?“
- Robin Li’s “Takeaways from a Candid Conversation among VCs“
- Homan Yuen’s “VC Math“
- For the basics: Tech meme
- For getting the inside scoop: The Information
There are so many of them out there. I’ll just recommend the classics:
- Fred Wilson (who has been blogging daily since 2003); also check out his lecture at MIT
- Brad Feld
- John Gannon’s blog (resources for VC jobs)
- Strictly VC
- Ben Thompson’s Stratechery
- For China: GGV’s 996
- Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
- Recode Decode with Kara Swisher
- The Twenty Minute VC with Harry Stebbings
For discovering new products:
- Venture Deals
- History books
If you’re a woman: