Originally Posted by GreenFrog
That's probably the case for the West coast, but I'm primarily interested in NYC VCs. Also, my understanding is that VCs much prefer consultants over I-bankers.
I'm just scared that any pre-MBA VC role is automatically a sourcing role where you're just cold-calling CEOs for investment pitches. Now, sourcing in and of itself isn't unappealing -- in fact, I find the type of sourcing role where you're given the autonomy to come back with a couple investment ideas and pitches to be much, much more appealing. Cold calling? Not so much.
I don't know a ton about this, but I can offer two data points:
When I was on the WC long ago, and venture was hot then, it was more or less impossible to go into VC without an MBA and several years experience at an I-Bank. Not sure how NYC differed then, or now.
Also, a close friend did a pre-MBA stint at a PE firm, extremely bright, Ivy League guy, later Harvard MBA, after several years experience on the buy side. All he did was cold calls. He made good money at it, but he hated it.
I'm not sure anyone is going to give you the autonomy to come back with investment pitches without an MBA and with, what, 1 year of consulting under your belt? I wouldn't.