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5 Networking Tips for a Venture Capital Job Search

Networking and schmoozing are keys to any job search, but they're even more important when looking for venture capital positions. Networking is done in two ways: informally through social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs, industry job boards), and face-to-face at business conferences, meetings, and other events. It's a good idea to combine both approaches. Building contacts in the VC industry is key to learning about job openings and getting an interview. Read More >

Apple Exec Behind iPod Named CEO of World's Largest Hedge Fund

In the past few years, there have been several high-profile employment migrations from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. In 2014, Anthony Soto left Goldman Sachs to become Twitter's CFO. In 2015, Ruth Porat left Morgan Stanley to become Google's CFO. Also in 2015, a handful of Goldman bankers were poached by Uber, presumably to help the ride sharing service prepare for its IPO (which is still forthcoming). Read More >

Secrets to Success of First Female Partner at Big-Swinging Silicon Valley VC Firm

Sarah Tavel's career path from Harvard graduate to first female partner at one of the biggest swinging Silicon Valley venture capital firms is an inspiring one. Tavel, recently featured as one of Paper magazine's I.T. It Girls, says that one of the secrets to her success is being "open to the fact that you don't know." Another is knowing the questions, not the answers. "I'm really good at asking the right questions," she explains of her ability to thrive in unfamiliar conditions. Read More >

4 Questions to Ask in Private Equity Interviews

In any interview, and certainly in private equity interviews, you should walk in armed with questions about the company so you can glean more about your potential employer and the company can come away with some appreciation that you've done your homework. That said, this won't be the time to ask about benefits and pay-ask too early and you look greedy. Read More >

Oscar Shines on Investigative Journalism, Spits on Investment Banking

At Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony, the first two Oscars of the night were handed out to the perhaps most overlooked, under-appreciated, marginalized of all Hollywood talent: the writers. The first Oscar was given for original screenplay and went to the writers of Spotlight (which also won the last Oscar of the night for Best Picture). The second Oscar of the night was for adapted screenplay and went to the writers of The Big Short. Read More >

What Is a 'Superboss' and Why Is Donald Trump Not One?

According to Tuck Business School Professor Sydney Finkelstein, there's a type of boss that is "beyond superstar," that grooms talent, that scouts, trains, and develops the next generation of leaders, as opposed to simply building his or her own organization. The name for such a boss is "superboss," and Finkelstein's decade-long research on the subject of the superboss is now available in his new book, Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent. Read More >

Talent Wars: Is Silicon Valley Salivating Over the Bonus Drought on Wall Street?

Back in 2008, when the mortgage-backed securities hit the fan, there was a monstrous public outcry for banker bonuses to be scaled back. Banks kicked and screamed, fighting hard against it, but in the end acquiesced and scaled bonuses back. Or sort of scaled them back. What they agreed to do, instead of giving senior bankers mountains of cash at the end of the year, was give them mountains of stock. Read More >

From the Marines and Merrill Lynch to Marijuana Startup CEO

As I've written about previously here and here, opportunities abound in the budding legal weed business. And these aren't just for growers, trimmers, and budtenders, but also for CPAs, lawyers, bankers, and marketing and advertising executives. Today, these positions can be found across the country. To date, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, and four states (Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington) and D.C. Read More >

Does School Prestige Affect Earnings Potential?

According to a recent and rather extensive study of 7,300 college grads, how prestigious your school is might make little to no difference to your future earnings. That is, if you're a science, tech, engineering, or math major it won't. For STEM-related majors, average earnings don't vary much among the college categories. Read More >

Beware of This Breakfast Interview Trick

If you ever have a breakfast interview with Walt Bettinger, the CEO of financial services giant Charles Schwab, beware of receiving the wrong order. That is, don't be surprised if you receive eggs over easy with a side of bacon when what you actually ordered was French toast with home fries. One thing I'll do sometimes is to meet someone for breakfast for the interview. Read More >

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