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I was sitting at my Mom’s kitchen table after graduating from college. I had a degree in Political Science and had picked up a bit of coding. I knew I wanted to work in tech and all of the opportunities were in San Francisco. I’d spent lots of time applying for jobs but it all seemed so random. How did I know the companies I was applying to were “good ones”? To me it seemed I was reaching out to whoever happened to be paying to post a job on the internet, was that really the best measure of what companies I should be trying to work at? There were clearly the successful monopolists like Facebook, Amazon, Google but everyone wanted to work there. How was I supposed to differentiate the next hot startup, one that would launch my career?
It turns out identifying successful startups isn’t easy. Fortunately there’s a whole industry of people working on this problem, they are called Venture Capitalists. Depending on the funding round and size of the investment they may be referred to as “Angel Investors” or “Institutional Investors”. There are even “Private Equity firms” that routinely buy and sell later stage companies. If you’re going to work in startups it can be helpful to learn about these different types of financing, but for our purposes starting out it’s important to know that most of these types of peoples are financiers looking for a high Return On Investment (ROI) by putting money in a company’s bank account. Investors often get paid before employees at special “liquidity events” like when new shares are issued in a funding round, when the company is bought or sold or when the company has an Initial Public Offering (IPO). In the simplest sense, being a successful Venture Capitalist is predicated on one’s ability to identify successful startups, especially ones that are going to 10X or 100X an initial investment.
The two most important things to understand about startup investing, as a business, are (1) that effectively all the returns are concentrated in a few big winners, and (2) that the best…