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Venture Capitalist

Career description:

A venture capitalist (VC) is a private equity investor that provides capital to companies exhibiting high growth potential in exchange for an equity stake. This could be funding startup ventures or supporting small companies that wish to expand but do not have access to equities markets. Venture capitalists are willing to risk investing in such companies because they can earn a massive return on their investments if these companies are a success. VCs experience high rates of failure due to the uncertainty that is involved with new and unproven companies.

What it’s like:

Common duties:

  • Attending many meetings daily
  • Discussing and analyzing data
  • Evaluate companies and their potential use of the firm’s investment money
  • Meet with entrepreneurs for funding to support their ventures
  • Implementing long-term strategies that require a great deal of time, networking, and capital

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