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Microcredentials for the effective VC or private equity investor

Historically VC has been an apprenticeship business.  That said, I’ve identified quite a few microcredentials, conferences, and other learning opportunities which will help train you to be a better investor.  If I’m missing any from the list below, please contact me.

VC ASSOCIATIONS

Let’s Talk Ops – fund operations professionals
National Venture Capital Association
New York Venture Capital Association
New York Private Equity Network
New York City Venture Connection
VEECEE – European VCs
VCPlatform – for portfolio acceleration professionals
NextGen Partners – for pre-Partner VCs
VCNetwork  – for GPs in the Bay Area
Nextgenpartners.org – for pre-Partners, and people trying to crack into the industry

PLATFORMS AND ACCELERATORS FOR EMERGING VCs

Diffuse.VC, Fund81 – associations
Founder Institute VC Lab – no-cost accelerator
OnConduit – Emerging Fund Managers Initiative
Oper8r, Recast Capital  – investment platforms focused on emerging VC
VentureForward (NVCA)
International Climate Finance Accelerator – based in Luxembourg
Emerging Manager Forum – mostly focused on hedge funds
Numerous service providers and industry players run conferences/programming for emerging managers, including but not limited to Carta, Top Tier Capital Partners, Gunderson Dettmer, First Republic Bank, and SVB Lift.

PROGRAMS/DEGREES

Kauffman Fellows
NVCA Venture Capital University
Wharton Executive Education Venture Capital program
IFF: The Mechanics of Venture Capital
PrivCapAcademy
TytchMe

VC ORGANIZATIONS FOCUSED ON DIVERSITY

Women: All Raise, Women in VC, WeAreTechWomen, Women’s Private Equity Summit, SoGal
Media focused on women in VC: She-VCWomen’s PE Briefs
African-American: BLK VC, Culture Shifting Weekends, HBCUvc
Latinx: Latinx VC
Diversity in general: VC Include, National Association of Investment Companies, Left Tackle Capital, NewtoVC

INVESTOR-ONLY CONFERENCES

Deal Camp/ VC Unlocked (500 Startups + UC Berkeley)
PreMoney
Invesco Annual Tools for Success® Forum
TheDeal Corporate Governance Conference
PrivCapAcademy
Reboot VC Bootcamp
500 Startups’ VC Unlocked

HOW TO GET A JOB IN VC

Focused on getting you a job in VC: GoingVC, Diversity.VC, Included VC, Nextgenpartners.org (also for non-Partners in VC), Venture University

Spearhead – $1m to back your angel investing
VC Recruiters List and Compensation Data
John Gannon’s Blog
European VC Jobs
How to Write a Resume that Sells
VonPerger European Tech Jobs

OTHER RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

AltMBA
Corporate Finance Institute
Investment Banking Institute
You can also always earn a JD, MBA, CPA, and/or CFA.

BOARD TRAINING

National Association of Corporate Directors Fellowship
Directors College For Venture Backed Company Directors
ACCD (American College of Corporate Directors)
NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors)
Women Corporate Directors
Catalyst – focus on women
Executive Leadership Council – focus on African-Americans
Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

BACKGROUND

Syllabus for how to launch, manage, and invest a VC fund
VC 101 for Founders
#BeYourOwnMentor – Independent Study in Early Stage VC
Resources for those interested in venture capital and private equity
Equal’s required reading list for new hires
David Teten Reading list

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