Shantanu of Amadeus Capital posted about being a VC at the tail end of last week.
As I just answered an email about becoming a VC over the weekend and was cornered by an MBA re what it takes to be a VC at last Monday’s “Silicon Valley comes to Oxford”, I thought I would link to Shantanu’s two posts on the topic: So you want to be a Venture Capitalist and How to become a VC.
For me, the number one requirement for being a VC is having been an entrepreneur or having worked in a start up. I cannot stress this requirement enough.
Other nice to haves:
- Strategic consulting background
- M&A background
- Scientific background (actually a must have if you’re in Biotech/Medtech investments)
Oh, and lastly luck and perseverance. There are few jobs in VC out there- you have to push to get one and be in the right place at the right time…