How to Become a Venture Capitalist

by Maurice Moss; Updated September 26, 2017

Companies are built on dreams. An entrepreneur with a great idea and the desire and know how to implement it may need some additional help to get the plan off the ground. This is where venture capitalists come in. They provide a great service for companies that need seed money and senior level management to move to the next level. Here’s how to become a venture capitalist.

Step 1

Understand how the venture capitalist serves a company and him or herself. VC’s know to access a business to determine how it will receive a return on its investment. Without sufficient ROI, the VC cannot make money to invest in the next big thing. The VC has also built a reputation as a leader and offers management services to companies in need.

Step 2

Find VC’s in the business. Networking is crucial in venture capital circles. Knowing who the players are and how to get in front of them is half the battle. Do the homework and always be prepared when the opportunity presents itself.

Step 3

Look for jobs within organizations backed by venture capitalists. Find opportunities in the financial investment industry. These types of positions often lead to an introduction to someone in the venture capital circle.

Step 4

Be consistent. There is no direct path to a career in the venture capital industry. Getting discouraged is a sure fire way of stopping before ever starting. Celebrate small victories and keep journals to benchmark daily and monthly activities. This will help to determine which methods work best to reach the ultimate goal.

About the Author

Maurice Moss has been a writer and editor for more than 10 years. He is a member of the Society for Technical Communication, Usability Professionals Association and the American Society for Training and Development. Moss' work has appeared in print and online publications, including "Nursing Management," "Eclipse" magazine and Dallasblack.com. He is pursuing an M.A. in technical communication at Minnesota State University, Mankato.