Does it make sense to start your career in venture capital instead of strategy consulting or high-growth start-up if you want to become an entrepreneur in the mid-term?

No.

I don’t see any way in which venture capital prepares you to be an entrepreneur, with the important exception of seeing the playbook, IF you get to attend board meetings.

It is valuable to attend board meetings of 3–10 start-ups, see their struggles, see the patterns, see what works and what doesn’t. What makes a Great CEO and a Great VP and what doesn’t.

The only way to really get this experience is to be (x) a junior VC that gets to attend board meetings or (y) be a corporate attorney that gets to attend them.

But you don’t need these skills to be a great founder. They just help a bit.

Go build something instead.

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Published on December 11, 2018

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