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Why you must begin your startup job search by emailing your VC friend

Pratik Agarwal
27th Jul 2016
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Your VC friends know their portfolio better than your research

You'll be surprised how often people get this very wrong.

I've had lots of folks reach out to me, saying, “Dude! I didn't realise your portfolio Startup C already raised '$

apos; million! I love their idea but I took another job because I thought they were still at seed stage!” Well...most funding rounds aren't announced for a few months and some even up to a year!

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Or, how about this one, “Hey! Your portfolio Startup C has such a sleek website; can you introduce me?” Well...sure it has a polished product but don't you want to know whether it has product-market fit? Or if it's in real trouble?

So here are the reasons you must speak to your VC friends before when you want to send out your resume to startups.

They probably know other VCs' portfolio better than you'd think 

You might wonder, “But my VC friend wouldn't know much about other VCs' portfolio right? Even if they did, wouldn't they be biased?” Wrong! For all you know, your VC friend might be considering your startup of interest for a future round and think highly of it. Moreover, it's possible they tried to get into that deal but missed out.

Even if your VC friend is sceptical, at least their concerns will give you something to think about.

They know of secret opportunities 

As I mentioned earlier in the post, most top-tier VCs often don't announce deals for a long time. Say, there are five top-tier VCs and each has three unannounced deals. Imagine how many hot secret opportunities you are missing out on.

And that's not all. Even if the investment is public news, what if one of the top portfolio startups is recruiting for a leadership role in a new secret business unit? Would you want to miss out on that?

Note: Don't expect your VC friends to tell you confidential stuff, but just remember they're actively looking for solid talent for secret opportunities as well.

They can pump your search with steroids 

I've first-hand experience in the stressful job of breaking into top startups several times. It's painful to email your LinkedIn connections only to get this reply, “Dude, I only met this founder once, don't know them enough to drop an intro...”

Good news is that you might be just one send-email-to-my-VC-friend click away from warm introductions to top startup founders.

Moreover, your VC friends can help you evaluate between multiple offers. It's their full-time job to evaluate startups, so just give them some credit.

“But I don't have any VC friends!” 

Don't be shy to email any top-tier VCs, if you don't know any personally. They're always looking for excellent talent for their portfolio startups. If anything, you're helping them do their job!

Just do them a favor and send them a blurb about roles that interest you, and include a copy of your resume/your LinkedIn URL.

And if you're one of those cool kids who has already used this hack to land your startup job, please leave your story in the comments below to inspire the masses.

All the best!

(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of YourStory.)

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Bengaluru-based Blockchain startup \u003ca href=\"https://yourstory.com/2019/03/funding-blockchain-startup-raises-2m-unitus-zhup09u5vo\">New Street Technologies raised $2 million (close to Rs 14 crore) in seed funding\u003c/a> from Unitus Ventures and a clutch of individual investors.\u003c/p>\u003cp>\u003cbr>\u003c/p>\u003cfigure class=\"image embed\" contenteditable=\"false\" data-url=\"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/wordpress/2018/03/funding.png\" align=\"center\">\u003cimg class=\"disableEmbedPointerEvents\" src=\"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/wordpress/2018/03/funding.png?fm=png&auto=format\" width=\"100%\" height=\"auto\">\u003cfigcaption class=\"disableEmbedPointerEvents\" align=\"center\" style=\"font-size: 0.9rem; line-height: 1.2rem; color: #aaa; padding-top: 5px; padding-bottom: 5px;\">\u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure>\u003chr>\u003cp>\u003cbr>\u003c/p>\u003cp>\u003cstrong>Flipkart launches VC fund to invest in early-stage startups\u003c/strong>\u003c/p>\u003cp>\u003cbr>\u003c/p>\u003cp>India’s leading ecommerce major announced the launch of a VC fund to back early-stage startups working on next-generation technology for the internet economy in the country. \u003ca href=\"https://yourstory.com/2019/03/flipkart-venture-fund-invest-early-stage-startup-bnt5qqmfni\">The fund will target budding companies working in areas related to ecommerce, fintech, payments and other complementary spaces\u003c/a>. 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Freshworks, founded by ex-Zoho employee Girish Mathrubootham, changed the way support software is delivered to small businesses. Then there is GoFrugal, co-founded by Kumar Vembu, an India-only Saas ERP with over 30,000 customers in India. \nFreshworks and GoFrugal may be the stars from the Zoho stable, but there are several others waiting in the wings. This 'Zoho Mafia' shares resources and bounces ideas off each other with one aim: to help each other grow.\n\n\nJapanese startups exploring the Indian ecosystem\n\nJapan has always been a quiet force in the Indian startup ecosystem with the exception of SoftBank with its high-profile billion-dollar investments. According to YourStory data, Japanese companies and venture capitalists have invested $2.1 billion in Indian startups in 2018 with an interesting trend - the high quantum of investment in the pre-Series A or Series A segment. Read more to know about Japan's plans to harness India's market, talent, and more.\n\n\nApple launches Netflix challenger Apple TV+\n\nAfter months of conjecture, Apple has unveiled its subscription-driven video service, Apple TV+ that is being touted as the Netflix challenger. Interestingly, it is a revamped version of the existing Apple TV app that was already available in select countries. It will stream TV channels, movies, shows off iTunes, and Apple's original content on a variety of devices, including smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio, as well as Roku and Amazon Fire TV Stick.\n\n\nIndia's debit card numbers are falling\n\nDebit card numbers have been declining since November last year. In fact, 67 million debit cards were cancelled between October 2018 and January 2019. Anil Ramachandran of IndusInd Bank says, \"...the mandate on replacing older cards with chip-based EMV cards could be a reason.\" \n\n\n[Funding alert] Stanza Living, OxfordCaps, Property Share, New Street Technologies\n\nStudent accommodation provider OxfordCaps raised $8 million Series A funding, led by Times Internet with participation from existing investors Kalaari Capital and Silicon Valley-based 500 Startups. Student housing company Stanza Living raised $4.4 million (Rs 30 crore) in debt funding from Alteria Capital. Online real estate investment platform Property Share raised close to $2 million in Series A round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Beenext Singapore, Pravaga Ventures Trust. Bengaluru-based Blockchain startup New Street Technologies raised $2 million (close to Rs 14 crore) in seed funding from Unitus Ventures and a clutch of individual investors.\n\n\nFlipkart launches VC fund to invest in early-stage startups\n\nIndia’s leading ecommerce major announced the launch of a VC fund to back early-stage startups working on next-generation technology for the internet economy in the country. The fund will target budding companies working in areas related to ecommerce, fintech, payments and other complementary spaces. While Flipkart did not specify the size of the fund, reports indicate that it would be in the range of $60-$100 million and may invest around $2-$3 million in each startup.\n\n\nNow get the Daily Capsule in your inbox. Subscribe to our newsletter today! \n\n","hasInstagramEmbeds":false,"hasSoundCloudEmbeds":false,"hasTwitterEmbeds":false,"removeAds":false,"sponsoredStory":false,"storyUrl":"https://yourstory.com/2019/03/zoho-mafia-flipkart-vc-startup-funding-wlbhonoqqv","thumbnail":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/60409080-2d6d-11e9-aa97-9329348d4c3e/Zoho_Mafia_DC1553642927141.png","shareUrls":["https://yourstory.com/2019/03/zoho-mafia-flipkart-vc-startup-funding-wlbhonoqqv"]},"path":"/2019/03/zoho-mafia-flipkart-vc-startup-funding-wlbhonoqqv","featured":false,"timeLapsed":"27th Mar 2019"},"pastStories":[{"id":103262,"title":"Ola fined Rs 15L, Netmeds acquires KiViHealth, OYO’s grand plans of dominating world of hospitality \n\n","slug":"netmeds-acquisition-delhivery-funding-oyo-jtf3epdq7j","publishedAt":"2019-03-26T01:57:03.687Z","updatedAt":"2019-03-26T01:57:03.756Z","brand":{"name":"YourStory","slug":"yourstory","path":"/"},"metadata":{"authors":[{"name":"Team YS","username":"webmaster","order":0,"path":"/author/webmaster/"}],"category":{"name":"Daily Capsule","slug":"daily-capsule","path":"/category/daily-capsule/"},"excerpt":"On Monday, Chennai-based healthcare ecommerce portal Netmeds announced that it has acquired clinic management platform KiViHealth in a cash and stock deal. 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