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How to become a VC…

This is probably the one question that I get asked a lot and that I dread the most.   

Why? Because to tell you the truth, I do not have a good answer – or I thought I did not, until I came across these posts.  

These are from my peers and colleagues in this industry who are not only veterans at blogging but also know what they are talking about.  

Seth Levine wrote this insightful post more than a year ago – highly readable and to the point. His main points are: 

  1. Step one: Assume you will not be able to land a job as a venture capitalist.  

  2. Step two: Understand the math. – This is important – see my other post on VC behave te way they do 

  3. Step three: Get close to VC’s. 

  4. Step four. Be smart about networking. 

  5. Step five: Don’t get discouraged.  

Fred Wilson has also commented on this question on his blog   

Leland Cheung added some more to the list: 

  • Read about becoming a VC  

  • Read what the VCs are reading  

  • Get in the flow 

  • Prepare your resume  

  • Spam a lotMine your network 

  • Sneak(ing) in Strategically   

Praveen Sahay who graduated from the Kaufmann Fellowship programme last year added his own two cents … and mentioned something that I think is very important: luck. 

Ask any venture capitalist how they became one and most will say, “I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time.” Luck, indeed, plays a big role.  

If you have read this far, you may also want to read “So You Want to Be a Venture Capitalist” by Gary Rivlin in the New York Times. Christian Mayaud has reproduced it here.  

Good luck!

July 14th, 2006 Posted by | Venture Capital, What VCs really do | 2 comments


  1. Shantanu,
    It’s astonishing that I got same piece of advice from a successful VC last year.
    Have you done any research on relationship of MBA Vs VC? I am curious to know. Please send me any relevant article on that front.
    I have added your blog on my blog. You can visit my blog (It’s nascent compared to your). I just started my blog few months ago.
    Best Regards

    Comment by Nikhil Gupta | May 16, 2007

  2. Nikhil,
    I have not done any research but you may want to have a look at the posts under the category of “What VCs really do?”
    Good luck,

    Comment by Shantanu | May 17, 2007

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