Since I transitioned from the finance / business world to a startup, I've gotten a lot of questions about what motivated my decision, how the different industries differ, and what my experience has been like so far. I can't claim to be an expert in investment banking or New York City consumer web startups yet, but here are some thoughts.
07/29/14 » Was investment banking experience helpful for a startup job?
I sometimes get asked whether ibanking was at all helpful for my role at a startup. Spoiler - the answer is yes and no.
05/20/14 » Tips for jumping from finance to tech
I made the transition from finance to a tech startup. Now having been on both sides of the job hunt process, I have a better sense of how to go about finding a job at a startup, especially for somebody coming from finance or business. Here are some of the most common points and pieces of advice that come up in conversations I have on this topic.
03/01/14 » IBanking vs. Startups for Recent College Grads
When I graduated college less than three years ago, it seemed like all my friends were going into either investment banking or consulting. But now, the tide seems to be turning. Established tech companies and startups are drawing more attention, portraying themselves as fun places to work that aren't bogged down by the hierarchy and rigidity of the older ibanking and consulting industries, and places where young recent graduates are listened to and given responsibility. On a practical level, for a college senior considering job options on these two different paths, which industry is a safer bet for the future?
02/10/14 » Banking vs. Strategy vs. Startups
Since graduating college, I have had the chance to work in three very different jobs in three very different industries. Reflecting on the differences between these industries has helped me think about what I value in a job, both for now and the future. In this post, I compare analyst-level roles in investment banking, corporate strategy, and startup product management.