I said it before. I don’t write a lot. I also need to update this website.
I’ve spent the past few months working with an emerging software focused investment firm named Invicta Growth. Invicta is dedicated to breakout companies across a number of themes including enterprise automation, workplace collaboration, data & analytics, fintech, privacy & security, B2B marketplaces, and more.
During my time at Invicta, I had exposure to all aspects of the venture capital & growth equity investment process from sourcing to execution to fundraising and more. My time with Invicta helped confirm my interest in technology investing.
However, my path to investing is far from typical. Filled with self study, hustle, and an innate interest in the asset class, I’ve had a meandering path toward venture, one much different than others at the same level as me. Since college, I’ve had stints in glaciology, technology recruiting, big-tech, consulting, consumer internet startups, and of course, growth investing. These unique experiences have provided me with a panoptic view of the technology value-chain.
Despite my admittedly geeky and innate interest in technology investing, I’ve been doing more than riding public markets post Covid-tailwinds. Since starting at Invicta, I simultaneously have helped 3+ friends apply to and land roles at top technology companies. It began with casual chats about cool companies, roles they’re interested in, and how to break in. After a few conversations surrounding the same few companies, I started putting together research deep deep dives on company x, explaining the company, what they actually build, their market opportunity, who the founders are, where the employees came from and where they’ve exited to, along with more categories that helped inform my friend’s interview prep and eventual decision making.
Since then, I realized that if my friends in technology were unsure of where to find awesome companies, then people even less in-tune with the tech ecosystem would feel similarly. After all, not everyone gets hit up by the folks at Human.Capital while they’re sophomores at Stanford or Georgia Tech, and not everyone has the luxury of knowing exactly what they want to do post-grad. In fact, I found that my friends in consulting, banking, and other industries have all considered startups but have no idea where to look.
This led me to think differently about company discovery and how people find out about tech jobs. If you’re not in-the-know, and even if you are, it’s hard to find out about solid technology companies to bet your career on. If you sign on to LinkedIn, you’ll see a gaggle of jobs shared with users with almost no particular rhyme or reason. AngelList is overly saturated with startup opportunities, yet there’s no way of telling prospective candidates how likely the company is to succeed. These behemoths, coupled with sub-par job search platforms like Scouted, and WayUp don’t do anyone any favors.
I’ve come to learn about other platforms that help people find roles based on their specific values like Key Values, remote only jobs like RemoteFit, and more. Similarly, The Breakout List and Wealthfront’s career launching list is good if you have 50 days to research each company before applying. Alas, these platforms aren’t actionable. They’re poorly curated to attract billboard advertising dollars and don’t really provide value to end users.
Taking creative inspiration from the aforementioned platforms and others like Morning Brew, The Generalist, OneJob, FemStreet, and The Profile, I’ll be launching something soon to combat this anxiety provoking disservice to qualified job seekers!