120. Think like a Venture Capitalist to have a great career

Technological change can feel overwhelming even to the world's top technologists. To figure out what's relevant for your career, learn from people who do this professionally: venture capitalists.

  • “The business strategies employed by highly successful start-ups and the career strategies employed by highly successful individuals are strikingly similar," says Reid Hoffman in his book The Startup of You
  • Venture capital premise 1: technology is a tool that solves a problem
    • Ask yourself: what problems is your industry facing now? What problems are you dealing with on day-to-day basis?
  • Venture capital Premise 2: the problem must be important enough to solve
    • Even if the problem exists, it might not be important enough to solve.
    • This is why, you need to think: where is the biggest money drain? Where is the biggest productivity drain?
  • Venture capital premise 3: Invest in the future, not in the now
    • VCs are not investing in today. They are investing in years and even decades ahead. Let’s use the same approach to your career.

    • Does your industry or the company you are working at look promising? Make a plan for how to adjust for future changes. Making a career change always takes longer than we want.

  • Venture capital premise 4: diversify your assets
    • This means doing well in your current role well, and also getting involved with other projects.
    • One of the best ways to do this is to get involved with start-ups, because this helps you understand how innovation works in practice and gives you fresh ideas. 

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