Landing a job in venture capital is challenging and one of the main reasons why is based on the scarcity of positions available. This stat might be a bit old, but at one point, the number of professional athletes in the US was about equal to the number of VC positions. Pretty crazy when you paint the picture that way.
To top it off, there’s no defined career path on how to get there and oftentimes the jobs are not advertised.
However, this has changed in recent years due to the availability of information and John was one of the first to really provide a deep level of insight into how to land a job in venture capital and he also started aggregating the positions available. If you type the search term venture capital jobs or something related in Google, John’s blog - which started in 2008 - appears on the first page of the search results.
Fast forward, John and his co-founder, Arno Niazi, have taken this expertise to build GoingVC, a VC education and career acceleration program to help you land that ideal job in the industry. The program already has hundreds of members & alumni.
Oh… and one would think this is a full time job, but believe it or not, John also has a very successful career in product management for tech companies.
In this episode of our podcast, we cover:
- Tips and advice on time management, which is something that he needs to be very good at.
- John’s background growing up and a look at how he was able to break into the VC industry.
- A deep dive into his professional career at companies like Turbonomic, AWS, and DigitalOcean.
- The full background story on how John started his blog and started aggregating jobs in venture capital.
- How he went on to start GoingVC, the impact it has made, plus what people can expect by going through the program.
- How a VC firm is structured by each role.
- And so much more.