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Jeffrey L. Horing
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I have been working at Insight Venture Partners full-time
Pros – - Speak with 20-30 successful CEOs a week. Learn successful business models, get to know industries that interest you most from the thought-leaders and trailblazers in a given space. Grab coffee with people whose books you read and who you see on TV.
- Acquire incredible business contacts in the startup and financial worlds that will be invaluable if you become an entrepreneur yourself.
- Learn the mistakes companies and entrepreneurs make, so you won't make them yourself.
- Work as a board observer of large tech companies and have C-level influence on $50 million companies at the age of 23.
- Get in-depth financial knowledge while doing diligence on a company or while assisting a portfolio company's management team on a project.
- 9am-7pm weekday hours with the best pay of any entry-level job, anywhere. Better pay than Goldman i-bankers, while working 5 hours less per weekday and optionally working a few hours on weekends. Free breakfast, lunch and dinner when you're at work. All-expense-paid employee outings weekly. Fly to several conferences per year on the company dime.
- Recruiters will hound you almost weekly with venture capital and business development job opportunities after you've been at Insight for a few months.
- Emerge from the job extremely knowledgable about business models, financial modeling, marketing analytics and, of course, venture financing.
Cons – - Half the managing directors are friendly, but half are cold. On the redeeming side, all are brilliant and you'll have numerous opportunities to do joint calls and meetings with them.
- While most of the job involves speaking with CEOs, 3-5 minutes of every interaction involves selling Insight to the CEOs. This is easier in the software industry where Insight is very well-known, harder on the internet/B2C side and internationally.
- Much of your focus is determined by the managing director on your investment team (whether he prefers to invest in larger infrastructure companies or in smaller internet firms). Good luck if your MD likes $50 million database integration solution companies.
- When you're doing due diligence on a company, be prepared to put in some long hours. Of course, if the investment succeeds you'll be rewarded generously.
- Many prospective employees dream of early stage investing. At Insight, you're more focused on a company's execution than on the promise of an idea or management team.
- Job opportunities are VC are more limited than after i-banking. You'll still be recruited to top-tier PE firms, since Insight does LBOs are a lot of PE work itself, but are pretty limited beyond VC/PE, startups, and business development positions.
Advice to Senior Management – - Managing directors should be as friendly as the rest of the employees.
- Investment team placement should be made with the new employee's input.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2012-10-28 21:49 PDT
I worked at Insight Venture Partners
Pros – It's a small firm so you get to see the inner workings of the company. In addition, you also get direct exposure to managing directors.
Cons – Like most places, after working for a few years (1-2), the opportunity to learn isn't there. In addition, depending on what level there is some admin work involved as well as cold calling.
Advice to Senior Management – Senior Management sometimes can be close minded and should be more proactive in interacting with all of its employees. Not to perpetuate stereotypes, but the managing directors are intelligent but aren't the most socially adept.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2008-12-30 21:14 PST
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