This past fall, my project team was fortunate enough to be able to sit down with Bob Greene of Contour Venture Partners to discuss the start-up we were working with and how best to beak into the venture capital industry as an MBA student.
In addition to having great insights into the shoe industry, Bob left us with the notion that working for an early stage company and contributing to its growth is a great way to bring a value-add to the table. It was an interesting take on something I had already been considering, that is, what type of practical experience would best prepare me for possibly working in venture capital? I believe that the best venture capitalists offer something much more valuable than simply money to the companies they invest.
Bob’s advice to work in a start-up and help it grow would be a great way to experience firsthand the growing pains that companies accepting venture capital will likely encounter. All in all, breakfast with Bob was definitely a highlight of my first semester as an InSITE Fellow.
Austin Kairis is a first year year MBA student at NYU Stern School of Business. Prior to Stern, he was an associate product manager at FirstLook Systems.