Vault Career Guide to Venture Capital, Fifth Edition

by Andrew Morkes; Introduction by Sharon Wienbar
Publication Date: 2015

Venture capitalists raise funds of millions or billions of dollars and invest it in promising young businesses and start-up companies, reaping the rewards when these companies make it big or another company buys them. Careers in this high-powered and tight-knit industry are highly desirable for those who seek an intellectually challenging and entrepreneurial environment—not to mention potentially unparalleled financial rewards. Venture capital jobs can be hard to land, though, because the industry is small, and its standards are very high. So how do you break into this exclusive branch of the finance world?

The Vault Career Guide to Venture Capital, Fifth Edition provides an insider's perspective on what's happening in the venture capital industry, what it takes to break in and how to advance your career, helping you master every step of your job search.

Vault Career Guides offer an industry insider's view of what it takes to land a job in your chosen profession. Each volume provides a comprehensive overview of the industry and expert advice and tips for uncovering job opportunities, networking, preparing your cover letter and résumé, interviewing and keeping current on industry news and trends. Interviews and case studies offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of what hiring managers look for in a candidate and how others have succeeded in landing their jobs or advancing their careers. Day in the Life profiles place you in the shoes of an established professional for one day, and an extensive glossary and resource list put all the industry knowledge you need to succeed at your fingertips.

Each Vault Career Guide includes:

  • The Scoop: Everything you need to know about what your industry does, its history, who works in it and where it's going.
  • Getting Hired: Practical information on researching potential employers, networking, interviewing and getting in the door.
  • On the Job: A look at life on the job and the industry culture.
  • Talk Like a Pro: A glossary of industry jargon and key terms.
  • Resources: Associations, organizations, websites and other resources to help you plan and advance your career.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Andrew Morkes is a freelance writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois, who has been writing about college- and career-related topics for nearly 20 years. He is the owner of College & Career Press. Andrew has written and edited many books for Ferguson's, including the Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering Careers, and Career Skills Library series. He is also the author of They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 95 Interesting College Majors and Programs; Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs; and the Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media. His poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

Sharon Wienbar focuses on mobile and Internet investments at Scale Venture Partners. She sits on the boards of Actiance, Applause, Everyday Health, and The Lucky Group. 

Prior to joining ScaleVP in 2001, Sharon was Vice President, Marketing for Critical Path and Amplitude Software. She spent most of the 1990s at Adobe Systems, starting as Product Manager for Asian Products and later led marketing for many of Adobe's applications, and spearheaded numerous cross-product initiatives. Before her technology line experience, Sharon practiced strategy consulting at Bain & Company for nearly five years. 

Sharon is an advisor to Hackbright Academy, a development boot camp for women, and also serves on the board of directors of the nonprofit Myelin Repair Foundation and on Microsoft's Venture Advisory Committee. Sharon is a repeated "AlwaysOn Power Players in Digital Media Winner," and she was recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the "Top 25 Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter." Sharon holds an A.M. and an A.B. in Engineering from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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