Reading list for Associates and Analysts in private equity and venture capital

This is part of a series on building your career in venture capital:

Whenever we recruit someone new to join Versatile VC, at any level and in any capacity, I tell them:


I first recommend you join the most relevant online communities for you, since building a network is so fundamental to VC. I also suggest you also look for the other most relevant online communities for your particular industries and geographies of interest. (We keep a proprietary list of high-value online communities, but I can’t post it publicly here in order to keep a high signal-to-noise ratio.) I also recommend review the other resources below.

Consider joining the major VC associations and online communities:

Earn one of the programs/degrees targeted to help private equity/VC investors:

You may want to join some of the VC organizations focused on diversity:

Read other introductory investor resources:

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Consider getting formal training in serving on boards:

Consider other relevant professional training: 

Other general early-career resources we recommend:

I have a posted a lot of my favorite books on Goodreads, but there are a few books I particularly recommend for people who want to work efficiently:

Lastly, I suggest use Feedly to follow the newsletters/media which cover our sector. I have posted my old personal blogroll.

Further reading:

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