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Hybrid work is failing to provide workers with two of the three things they want most, says a management expert

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March 4, 2023



Getting a job in venture capital is one of the hottest gigs in business. If you manage to get in at the right firm, it’s not just a lucrative career path. It’s a front-row seat to the future, working alongside some of the most innovative entrepreneurs who are building The Next Big Thing for all of us.


I always loved this old quote from legendary startup investor, Ron Conway, about why he loves VC. Conway has backed some of the largest companies in the world since the 1990s. “Entrepreneurs share their vision of the future with me,” he wrote in 2012. “And every so often, their vision becomes the future. What could be more interesting than that?”


The problem is, VC gigs are hard to land. And landing the initial interview can be the hardest part. Fortune‘s Jessica Mathews and Anne Sraders rolled up their sleeves and interviewed 11 VCs and VC hopefuls about what it takes to work on Sand Hill Road—a famous street in Silicon Valley where some of the biggest firms set up shop. They also learned which questions to watch out for in VC interviews.


“You don’t need to know every portfolio company,” a partner at Harlem Capital told them. “But at a high level, you should know the fund size, the check size, what stage they invest in, any major industries that they invest in.” The partner also suggests being familiar with two portfolio companies that you like, and one that you have questions about why they invested.


For more on how to break into venture, read Jessica and Anne’s complete guide below. And subscribe to their newsletter, Term Sheet, which digs into the venture capital industry every morning.


How to get a job in venture capital: The complete guide to getting started

FEBRUARY 27, 2023

Fortune’s top trending stories:


Microsoft’s venture arm M12 is undergoing a big strategy shift—and insiders have left the fund

Leadership changes at the fund prompted “tough” conversations as M12 has become more of a strategic arm.

Databricks had one of the worst pitch decks Ben Horowitz has ever seen. Now it’s riding the A.I. boom as one of the world’s 10 most valuable startups

The company placed a huge bet on the power of machine learning 10 years ago. That’s positioned the company as a rarity in the current market: a stable decacorn.

Charlie Javice, the 30-year-old Frank founder accused of fraud, says Jamie Dimon took a personal interest in her $175 million acquisition

The young founder hits back at the bank in new filings, alleging JPMorgan should have known what it was buying. Javice is demanding a trial by jury.


Some companies are already replacing workers with ChatGPT, despite warnings it shouldn’t be relied on for ‘anything important’

Nearly half of the U.S. companies currently using OpenAI’s ChatGPT say the chatbot has already replaced workers.

Hybrid work is failing to provide workers with two of the three things they want most, says a management expert

It’s been three years since office workers packed up their desks and the work landscape changed dramatically. But we still haven’t gotten the balance right.

LinkedIn has officially entered its ‘cringe era,’ and it’s working

The once buttoned-up cousin to Facebook, LinkedIn wants to be more watercooler social media nowadays, opening the doors for wild and satirical content.

Tech giant Salesforce is caught in a war with employees that sums up the pandemic workplace: ‘wellness culture’ vs. ‘high performance culture’

Salesforce employees took issue with the idea that an emphasis on “wellness” culture caused the company to face economic difficulties.


The leadership lessons Britain’s only blind female CEO learned from losing her sight in her 40s

Two lessons business leaders can learn from Sandi Wassmer, CEO of Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

Employers are taking the easy way out and cutting employees through ‘backdoor layoffs’

Instead of enacting layoffs to trim headcount, some employers make workplace conditions undesirable to encourage employees to quit.


Is $1 million enough to retire? These experts say no

Inflation and a rocky stock market are worsening America’s retirement crisis. Here’s how much experts say you need to save for retirement.




How I raised $50K in 9 days to open a bar showing only women’s sports
Leadership Next: How Kickstarter is democratizing crowdfunding



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