I get this question a lot. Usually it comes in the form of “do I need [x] experience to get into VC?
The answer is an unequivocal “no.” If you don’t believe me, do look at the backgrounds of VCs across several firms. You’ll see they are quite varied. There are former journalists and lawyers. My firm includes a number of former floor options traders. So there are no prerequisite experience to break into the industry. This does not mean, however, that there aren’t some backgrounds that are more prevalent. Former entrepreneurs, engineers, and executives are very common. Perhaps those backgrounds may be more in demand, but the point is that the lack of one of these backgrounds does not count you out.
I had a great time talking to the folks over at Bytes Over Bagels. We covered a wide range of topics from video games, programming, venture capital, startups, the entrepreneurial climate in Chicago and the future of technology. Here’s the podcast, enjoy: