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What major should I take if I want to become a venture capitalist?

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Adam’s Answer

Finance or Entrepreneur Ship. Will need to be able to understand the financial modeling and operations

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Simeon’s Answer

You will want to get a degree in finance. Keep an eye out for business strategy courses as they will often have a segment on venture and equity capitalists. Try to get a wide variety of business classes under your belt as you'll need the ability to understand business inside and out for this field.

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While I have not recruited specifically for VC’s, I have found that the best way to find out about any career is to go online and ask.


So, I went on Google and asked. Below is information from 2 sites I visited.

While a VC doesn’t need more than instinct and capital to start investing, most venture capitalists at least have a four-year business degree. In the VC community, many professionals also earn an MBA, according to the Princeton Review.


Experience is the best kind of education for venture capitalists. Serial entrepreneurs who have started and sold a variety of businesses know the pitfalls associated with startups and can advise new business owners how to avoid some of the challenges and how to take advantage of certain markets. Experience at a large bank makes for a plausible VC background. Headhunters hired by large venture capitalist companies look for VCs who have worked in product development for a large firm, or who have served as a consultant to small businesses at banks or credit unions.

What Education Is Needed to Become a Venture Capitalist? | Chron.com

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Determine if this is really what you want to do — Guy Kawasaki created the entertaining VCAT — the Venture Capital Aptitude Test. Passed the test and still want to land a venture job? Keep on reading.


Make sure you have ‘real world experience’ —You could start a company or land a role at an early-stage startup, work for a big corporation in a relevant role, or join a bank or a consulting firm. Different funds have different preferences, but regardless of what your experience is, you should be able to show that you were exceptional.


Go to business school, and ideally a top ranked one — Having an MBA from Stanford or Harvard won’t secure you a place at a venture firm, but it certainly helps. Unfortunately many funds won’t even consider associates that haven’t graduated from a top business school. Of course, there are exceptions, and the level you are entering the firm matters — VC interns and analysts can be hired right out of college.



There is more information out there that will tell you what people do in certain careers, other sites that might describe a typical day in the role, jobsites with openings and job descriptions as well as salary ranges for the positions, etc. YouTube may have videos explaining the same. If you look at multiple sites, look for consistencies in what they say. This should help you feel more comfortable that the information you are reading is accurate.



Hope this helps. Feel free to reach back out.


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