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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]

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, Carry John [...continue reading]

Should you co-found a company with your friend? And how do you split the equity?

If you’re talking with cofounders about launching a new business, you’re fundamentally recruiting someone to take the job of partnering with you for the next decade.  I see a lot of founders who do less due diligence than I think ideal before making that long-term commitment. Just knowing one [...continue reading]

How universities can help students and alumni work in the tech industry

“CEO is the new Analyst.” My former Partner John Frankel of ff Venture Capital observes that 20 years ago, the defining movie of the generation was “Wall Street”.  Everyone wanted to work in finance. But now, the defining movie of today’s twentysomethings is “The Social Network”. Everyone [...continue reading]