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Hey, founders between gigs: What now?

Hey, founders between gigs: What now? If you exited your last company for airplane money and are now independently wealthy, congratulations!  You can sit out the pandemic in New Zealand, or if you want to build another company, just self-fund.  If you want outside capital, VCs will gladly take a [...continue reading]

Reading list for analysts and associates in private equity/venture capital

Whenever we hire someone new to join Versatile VC, I tell them: Welcome! As background, I suggest you read: VC-specific resources Syllabus for how to launch, manage, and invest a VC fund Microcredentials for the Effective Venture Capital or Private Equity Investor VCs eating [...continue reading]

Free workshop on graduate school and college admissions

I’m about to come out with a book I’ve been writing since I was a Yale junior, To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear. My coauthor is Mandee Heller Adler, CEO of International College Counselors (ICC), one of the largest educational consulting companies in the world.  ICC [...continue reading]

Join the Biden/Harris Campaign as an Industry Ambassador at Large 

Are you a well-connected industry leader eager to make America functional again? We have an opportunity for you to help the country, and also build your relationships with other senior people in your sector.  This is NOT a fundraising role.   As an Ambassador at Large for the Biden/Harris [...continue reading]

Get ready: Making your apartment building resilient to COVID

I’m gearing up for a very difficult and abnormal time in the US.  I’ve been thinking about how to make our apartment building, our houses of worship, and more generally our communities more resilient to COVID-19.  We all rely on a range of companies and people around us: doorman, deliverypeople, [...continue reading]

Let Your Freak Flag Fly: A Eulogy for my Father

My father, Jean Teten, passed away Monday, December 9, at age 90. He was far ahead of his time, and simultaneously out of time.  Dad was born in Paris in 1929. His father told him, “If you learn a trade with your hands, you can work anywhere in the world. If you get a degree, you can only work in [...continue reading]

How to negotiate and evaluate your job offer

"The board has met and we'd like to extend you an offer to join the company.  We'll send you all the details via email. We are excited to have you join us!" If you get that phone call, what should you be thinking about? I compiled the best resources I found here.  This is relevant for any job [...continue reading]

Venture Capital compensation data and recruiters list

If you’re looking for a job in venture capital (or private equity), here is my list of sources for compensation data, plus all the recruiters I’m aware of who do searches for roles inside venture capital firms, Analyst through Partner level. Compensation Benchmarking Data: Salary, Bonus, [...continue reading]