Category: Career

Hey, founders between gigs: What now?

This post is by David from David Teten's blog

Hey, founders between gigs: What now?

If you exited your last company for airplane money and are now independently wealthy, congratulations!  You can sit out the pandemic in New Zealand, or if you want to build another company, just self-fund.  If you want outside capital, VCs will gladly take a meeting.

We have added a large new section to the Versatile VC website with a suite of resources for founders researching their next move.  This will be the backbone of our upcoming selective, complimentary community for founders researching their next move.  I’ve been in this situation myself, both after an exit and after shutting down a failure. We suggest you have 6 main options:

  1. Launch a new company
  2. Angel Investing and Venture Capital
  3. Get a job
  4. Consulting
  5. Sell Information Products
  6. Education and Self-improvement

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Reading list for analysts and associates in private equity/venture capital

This post is by David from David Teten's blog

Whenever we hire someone new to join Versatile VC, I tell them:


As background, I suggest you read:

VC-specific resources

General career resources

I also recommend you join the most relevant online communities for you, since building a network is so fundamental to VC. I recommend join the communities I list at Microcredentials for the Effective Venture Capital or Private Equity Investor, in particular Confluence and GenZMafia. I also suggest for the other most relevant major online communities. (We keep a proprietary list of high-value online communities, but I can’t post it publicly here in order to keep a high signal-to-noise ratio.)

Lastly, I suggest use Feedly to follow the newsletters/media (Read more...)

Free workshop on graduate school and college admissions

This post is by David from David Teten's blog

I’m about to come out with a book I’ve been writing since I was a Yale junior, To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear. My coauthor is Mandee Heller Adler, CEO of International College Counselors (ICC), one of the largest educational consulting companies in the world. 

ICC offers free, impactful one-hour webinars about admissions and financing your education, geared for parents and students in middle school, high school, and graduate school. I’ve listed below their most popular topics.  For more information and to schedule a free webinar for parents at your employer or school, contact International College Counselors

Graduate School Admissions

Graduate School 101

Graduate school can be a real opportunity to increase future earning potential while riding out a tough job market. In this presentation, parents and prospective grad school students will learn: the benefits of going to grad school; tips for finding the right school and program for you; admissions timelines and requirements/materials; how to position yourself; and ways to strengthen your application

Great Admissions Advice for Medical School Applicants

Planning to apply to medical school? Learn the ins and outs of the medical school admissions process, including timeline, what medical schools are looking for, and how to stand out in a good way. International College Counselors is here to help so you don’t have to navigate the murky waters of medical school admissions alone. 

Parents of High School Students and High School Students

College Admissions: Everything You Need to (Read more...)

Join the Biden/Harris Campaign as an Industry Ambassador at Large 

This post is by David from David Teten's blog

Are you a well-connected industry leader eager to make America functional again? We have an opportunity for you to help the country, and also build your relationships with other senior people in your sector.  This is NOT a fundraising role.  

As an Ambassador at Large for the Biden/Harris Campaign, your responsibilities are:

  1. By far most important: Use your superpowers to help the campaign. Do you have access to a media platform? Does your business touch potential voters? Are you aware of information that the media should know? Everyone can vote and donate, but what can you uniquely do to change the dynamics of the election? A great example of a business leader using their superpower is David Barrett, CEO of Expensify, emailing millions of his users, “Protect democracy, vote for Biden.”
  2. Reach out to other industry leaders in your sector. You decide on what you consider your coverage sector, normally your industry of expertise.
  3. Gather their feedback to provide ideas and advice that the campaign may use
  4. Ask them: how would you like to get involved in supporting the ticket? Ideally, encourage them to publicly endorse the ticket on social media, open letters and other amplification opportunities. If they’re uncomfortable doing so, ask them to get more involved politically in other ways, e.g., supporting voter turnout.  A stronger civil society is good for America.
  5. Optionally, fundraise donations to the Campaign.  Note that we think that for true industry leaders, financial support is important, but they can be (Read more...)