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09/02/11
Careers Away from the Bench: Venture Capital
Filed under: Position Searching, Mentoring, Recruiters
Posted by: site admin @ 6:42 am

Met with a fascinating fellow on Sunday at the
Denver career fair, who asked if we could follow
up the next day with a second meeting.  It was
the first time this has happened to me. 

“Root”, let us call him, is an engaging fellow who
wished to explore in conversation how one goes
about becoming a leader.  It usually happens
by successfully accomplishing assignments on
time and within budgets at ever increasing levels
of responsibility.

Unless one joins a new firm or forms one it is
usual one does not begin their first position after
their Ph.D. as a leader.

1.  One should also seek out mentors and sponsors.
Where mentors are commonly sought to assist us
in growing in our career; sponsors more often
choose their proteges for future roles.

2.  Our conversation moved on to the role scientists
play in venture capital firms.  “Root” was
interested in now getting some business
experience.  He wanted to gain personal
insight whether he was passionate about the
business side by getting a position that exposes
him while adding value to the employer.  “Root”
was intrigued by this and noted that there were
some booths in the Exhibition manned by
VCs that he could explore.

S. Houlton authored an informative piece
on how scientists can enter into venture capital.
She nicely outlines different roles and suggests

- why a chemist is well suited for roles [addressing
the science and exploring questions in due
diligence] and

- behaviors [analytical thinking and mathematical
modeling]
that are attractive.

A place that google search came up with is a
recruiting firm that seeks out venture capital
talent.  Please recall that searches yield most
popular [and enhanced by SEO] not necessarily
the most important or valuable.

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