This post is by Devin Miller
from National Venture Capital Association – NVCA
Crosslink Capital is a Bay Area-based firm with $2B AUM that focuses on early-stage venture capital investing, backing entrepreneurs who are building disruptive and market-transforming companies. Crosslink’s investments span a wide range of sectors including enterprise software, marketplaces, financial technology, consumer, digital health, and infrastructure. The firm is investing out of its eighth venture capital fund, Crosslink Ventures VIII, with $275 million in commitments.
Over more than thirty years, the Crosslink team has backed hundreds of industry innovators, including Coupa, ServiceMax, Casper, Chime, Pandora, Postmates, and Molekule.
Our core mission is to help companies scale and succeed by providing our founders with access to all the resources we offer. This includes industry expertise, go-to-market advice, and the rich ecosystem of Alpha, an invite-only networking group of more than 2000 founders, CEOs and influencers who are passionate about the next generation of technology. Alpha is an integral part of the Crosslink platform that we look forward to discussing more with interested candidates.
We are a tight-knit and dynamic team that values performance, collaboration, and high emotional intelligence. Our diverse backgrounds and interests inform our unique and collective approach to investing. If this sounds like a group in which you’d thrive, we’d love to meet you.
Crosslink is looking to add an associate to work alongside our team for 2-3 years, starting in the second half of 2020. An associate at Crosslink can expect to:
**Support the entire team in investment execution by assisting with extensive due diligence and performing market research
**Develop relationships with Crosslink portfolio companies, founders of future Crosslink portfolio companies, seed funds, angels and other leaders in technology
**Source new investment opportunities
**Work alongside the partners and principals on critical fundraising initiatives
**Help partners and principals develop investment theses
*Build and maintain relationships with founders and management teams
*Track portfolio company key metrics and assist partners in board reporting
**Exercise a strong voice during partnership meetings as we discuss deals
**Manage the CRM, deal pipeline, and other internal infrastructure
**Help plan and execute Alpha events
We view VC as a mentorship-driven business and work closely together as a collaborative team to challenge and develop the skills that enable strong investments and portfolio company support. Previous associates have gone on to join venture-backed startups, attended top-tier business schools, or joined other venture firms.
While there isn’t one type of ideal background, you should have a deep passion for entrepreneurship, an ability to understand the mechanics of how businesses work, and a willingness to jump in on projects with a team-first mentality. The team is open to meeting candidates from a diverse set of professional backgrounds, including startups, consulting/finance, and engineering. You must have a burning passion for identifying and working with promising high-growth businesses. Ideal candidates will be pre-MBA and have ~1-3 years of working experience.
Below are some of the qualities we are looking for:
**Strong knowledge of venture capital and entrepreneurship
**Thoughtful, imaginative, and intellectually curious
**Motivated and enthusiastic self-starter
**Outstanding financial and analytical skills, detail oriented
**Exceptional business writing skills
**Optimistic and open-minded
**POV on emerging technologies and business models
**Ability to juggle multiple workflows and responsibilities at once
**Someone who can thrive in a dynamic, intimate and unstructured office environment
**Desire to build community and brand in the tech ecosystem
If interested, please apply here.
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