Originally Posted by calisanfran
There are not many ex-MC guys in VC. I mean yes, you can find examples, but vast majority of VC general partners are ex-industry guys / ex-CEOs. If VC is your ultimate goals then I won't consider MC the best route to get there.
wrt PE - the large buyout shops have a few MC guys but the vast majority are ex-bankers. There is probably a middle ground between VC & PE (growth equity type of shops) that MC guys stand as good a chance as an IBer to get a gig. These shops are more "operators" of the businesses they invest in (which tend to be middle market types) than the larger buyout shops.
That's probably true overall, but in my case, if I stayed in engineering, I had three options: Do a startup based on my research and hop from that to VC, enter industry and hope that I could move up quickly enough into some notable management position to let me move to VC, or stay in academia, and have little to no chance to get into VC in any short time frame. Banking work, at least what I'd be doing initially, didn't really appeal to me.
In my last round of interviews, I was meeting with the partners/managing directors and they had specific examples of that move happening and my advisor's son also went from BCG to PE.