The Best Resource for Students Pursuing a Career in VC (Updated 04/13)
“Regardless of whether your goal is to become a venture capitalist or get your company funded, you need to learn how to think and communicate like an investor. This is the quickest way to thrive as you begin your journey.”
Bradley Miles began his journey without a blueprint for the road ahead of him. Entering Columbia University with a determination to land a job in what is arguably the hardest industry to enter, he founded Columbia Venture Insights, a student-run venture capital initiative that connects the broader VC community to Columbia’s campus. Along with his internships at Barclays, DCM Ventures, and NextGenVP, this experience helped him land a job with Stripes Group. Bradley has also written extensively on CoinDesk and currently serves as Co-Founder & CEO of Roll, an “an open standard that facilitates the issuance of branded social currencies on the Ethereum blockchain.” As far as I can tell, he produced the first ever systematic guidebook for students trying to enter the VC world.
“I keep everything open source because that’s how you scale. I see no need to keep this all to myself”
If you understand the concept of value investing than you know an asset undervalued by the market should be added to your portfolio. This book is one of those assets. If you seriously want to get a job in venture capital — or even want to learn strategies to better understand VC for your startup — the ROI on this book will far outweigh the costs. #BreakIntoVC offers a systematic approach to understanding the industry delivered in a concise format. Bradley offers an overview of the industry, strategies to research entrepreneurs and develop a perspective on VC, and priceless sections on financial performance metrics that you can actually understand! With advice for interviews and even a fundamentals of accounting section the book also works as a resource to keep close while taking finance classes. Above all, the case studies section of the book shows the numerous paths actual students have taken to land jobs in venture capital.
There are many books you read just once — this is not one of them.
Of all the books I’ve read, I could name on one hand the books I’ve re-read multiple times. #BreakIntoVC is on that special list. The sections on accounting, financial metrics, and venture math helped me decode the jargon of venture into understandable pieces. I found Bradley’s explanations so useful that I referenced the book for my undergraduate research on VC.
The Role of Venture Capital Networks in Startup Success
Note: This paper was originally published in 2018 as part of my Love Award research project at Elon University. Minor…
The book’s practical advice on how to act on one’s desire to entire VC — and the open network in the case studies section — continue to offer value after the first read. Above all, Bradley Miles is an extremely friendly and approachable author. I was lucky enough to speak with him on the phone and his insights have helped me refine my venture research project mentioned above and increase my awareness of the importance of Bitcoin and blockchain back in 2017. Bradley could easily stop helping others, but he continues to give back to the community he worked so hard to enter.
Lessons learned from #BreakIntoVC, my book on how to break into venture capital
Two weeks ago I published my first book, #BreakIntoVC, a guide for breaking into venture capital and thinking like an…
Overall, I rate this book five stars for the amount of value packed into a concise and digestible format at an affordable price. Students aspiring to enter VC and full-time Analysts and Associates will benefit from keeping a copy on hand. I personally always have a copy of #BreakIntoVC, Venture Deals, and The Business of Venture Capital on my desk.
Check Out Roll
If you enjoy the book (and especially if you’re interested in blockchain and cryptocurrency) then you should check out Bradley’s company Roll, which he describes as “a protocol for social money.”