19 yrs exp wanting to pivot into vc


rishir

I have been into customer experience consulting for the past 19 yrs with recent stints with a startup that helped in growth and capital raise. I am looking for an mba in EU or Asia preferably that is strong with the venture capital network and open to taking in a 39 yr old student and can help in career pivot to a VC firm.

I have been into customer experience consulting for the past 19 yrs with recent stints with a startup that helped in growth and capital raise. I am looking for an mba in EU or Asia preferably that is strong with the venture capital network and open to taking in a 39 yr old student and can help in career pivot to a VC firm.
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Duncan

Sloan Fellows or Nanyang Fellowship.

Sloan Fellows or Nanyang Fellowship.
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Larry

Have you tried recaching out through your network?

I'm not necessarily sure that it would be a wise investment to pursue a full-on degree program for this shift, at this stage in your career. Unless you are thinking about a school like for example, the LBS EMBA program...

Have you tried recaching out through your network?

I'm not necessarily sure that it would be a wise investment to pursue a full-on degree program for this shift, at this stage in your career. Unless you are thinking about a school like for example, the LBS EMBA program...
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Zangul

I have discussed with an LBS sloan alumnus and he told me that the career service is not so supportive and the programme is designed for people with strong managerial experience...
@ Duncan, could you tell a bit more about Nanyang please?

I have discussed with an LBS sloan alumnus and he told me that the career service is not so supportive and the programme is designed for people with strong managerial experience...
@ Duncan, could you tell a bit more about Nanyang please?
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Duncan

19 years isn't strong experience?

I can't imagine what your alum means about the careers service, but LBS clearly has one of the best careers services in Europe, I think Warwick, MBS, Insead are rather similar. However, I would say that careers services are harder to deliver for people with 20 years experience rather than five. That's true anywhere.

Nanyang is one of the world's leading universities. Let me know if you have a specific question.

19 years isn't strong experience?

I can't imagine what your alum means about the careers service, but LBS clearly has one of the best careers services in Europe, I think Warwick, MBS, Insead are rather similar. However, I would say that careers services are harder to deliver for people with 20 years experience rather than five. That's true anywhere.

Nanyang is one of the world's leading universities. Let me know if you have a specific question.

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Zangul

The discussion with that Alumnus was about the possibility of career change after completing the Sloan Master and the help provided by the career service. But I do understand your point, the more you are experiencied, the more difficult is to have a career switch.

Concerning Nanyang, the question was related to the above topic, does this MBA will be able to ease a career switch in VC?

By the way, out of topic, what justify the higher salary of Durham MBA student's vs Warwick or even Said Business School? ( based on Fin Mba informations )

[Edited by Zangul on Mar 11, 2020]

The discussion with that Alumnus was about the possibility of career change after completing the Sloan Master and the help provided by the career service. But I do understand your point, the more you are experiencied, the more difficult is to have a career switch.

Concerning Nanyang, the question was related to the above topic, does this MBA will be able to ease a career switch in VC?

By the way, out of topic, what justify the higher salary of Durham MBA student's vs Warwick or even Said Business School? ( based on Fin Mba informations )
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Duncan

Durham and Warwick MBAs have similar PPP salaries. Saïd alumni earn around one third more.

Durham and Warwick MBAs have similar PPP salaries. Saïd alumni earn around one third more.
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rishir

Thanks Duncan, Zangul and Larry. I am applying for stanford msx and nanyang, but was wondering if there are options in germany, switzerland or netherlands. St Gallen, rsm and mannheim are pretty clear that i do not fit their ideal student due to their worry of placement for someone with 19 yrs exp. I do not expect the bschools to do placements, only expectation is their network and opportunities to meet vc who regard the bschools worth visiting. Though there are many VC firms in India and asia, the actual funding from LPs come from US or EU and hence it makes sense to be there to develop stronger networks. Your feedback is highly appreciated.

[Edited by rishir on Mar 12, 2020]

Thanks Duncan, Zangul and Larry. I am applying for stanford msx and nanyang, but was wondering if there are options in germany, switzerland or netherlands. St Gallen, rsm and mannheim are pretty clear that i do not fit their ideal student due to their worry of placement for someone with 19 yrs exp. I do not expect the bschools to do placements, only expectation is their network and opportunities to meet vc who regard the bschools worth visiting. Though there are many VC firms in India and asia, the actual funding from LPs come from US or EU and hence it makes sense to be there to develop stronger networks. Your feedback is highly appreciated.
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Duncan

I assume you are ruling out EMBA programmes because of your lack of EU residency, and that why you focus on full-time programmes. IMD, the Frankfurt School and ESMT could be options. Without local language skills your ability to network could be limited. Strong schools for entrepreneurship, like EMLyon, could also be worth considering.

[Edited by Duncan on Jul 17, 2020]

I assume you are ruling out EMBA programmes because of your lack of EU residency, and that why you focus on full-time programmes. IMD, the Frankfurt School and ESMT could be options. Without local language skills your ability to network could be limited. Strong schools for entrepreneurship, like EMLyon, could also be worth considering.
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mba hipste...

Where do you picture yourself living / working after graduation? That would inform your options, I'd think.

Although you're right that a lot of the VC funding in Asia comes from abroad, that doesn't necessarily mean that a local program would not be viable. It depends more on the strength of the school and the quality of its network.

Where do you picture yourself living / working after graduation? That would inform your options, I'd think.

Although you're right that a lot of the VC funding in Asia comes from abroad, that doesn't necessarily mean that a local program would not be viable. It depends more on the strength of the school and the quality of its network.
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rishir

Gents, thanks a ton for your advice. I was accepted in Nanyang Fellows and MIT Sloan Fellows MBA and chose to study at MIT because of the strength of their global network. Hopefully countries open up soon so our lives may return to normal.

[Edited by rishir on May 19, 2020]

Gents, thanks a ton for your advice. I was accepted in Nanyang Fellows and MIT Sloan Fellows MBA and chose to study at MIT because of the strength of their global network. Hopefully countries open up soon so our lives may return to normal.
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Duncan

Congratulations! The pasta in the Sloan School canteen is pretty good, if you like that sort of thing. 

Congratulations! The pasta in the Sloan School canteen is pretty good, if you like that sort of thing. 
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rishir

Congratulations! The pasta in the Sloan School canteen is pretty good, if you like that sort of thing. 
Thanks Duncan. I look forward to the food....would start with pasta...then move onto more adventurous exploit like brazilian cachaca. :-)

[quote]Congratulations! The pasta in the Sloan School canteen is pretty good, if you like that sort of thing.&nbsp; [/quote]<div>Thanks Duncan. I look forward to the food....would start with pasta...then move onto more adventurous exploit like brazilian cachaca. :-)</div>
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Zangul

Congrats rishir!!! 
By the way, its a little bit out of topic but, I need some advice. I Have 15 years in capital markets ( equity derivatives), want to switch in sovereign advisory, or sovereign debt restructuring. I was considering moving to either a 1Y MBA Nanyang Fellows or 1Y MBAwith warwick but, I recently discover the Mid career MPA( Master of Public Affairs) from Harvard Kennedy School or the MPA from Berkeley. what do you think about these programs? do you think, they can help me to get the foot in the door?  
it seems that 30% graduated from the MPA Harvard goes to private sector.
I know it's an MBA dedicated platform but any advice would help.
Thx

Congrats rishir!!!&nbsp;<br>By the way, its a little bit out of topic but, I need some advice. I Have 15 years in capital markets ( equity derivatives), want to switch in sovereign advisory, or sovereign debt restructuring. I was considering moving to either a 1Y MBA Nanyang Fellows or 1Y MBAwith warwick but, I recently discover the Mid career MPA( Master of Public Affairs) from Harvard Kennedy School or the MPA from Berkeley. what do you think about these programs? do you think, they can help me to get the foot in the door?&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>it seems that 30% graduated from the MPA Harvard goes to private sector.<br>I know it's an MBA dedicated platform but any advice would help.<br>Thx
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Duncan

This seems like a unlikely path. Use LinkedIn to look at people in the roles you seek, and see their backgrounds. 

This seems like a unlikely path. Use LinkedIn to look at people in the roles you seek, and see their backgrounds.&nbsp;
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Zangul

Thx Duncan, but it's quite misleading.... Almost all the profiles that I have seen have an MBA then move to Harvard Kennedy School to learn Leadership, Management etc... so , not clear.

Thx Duncan, but it's quite misleading.... Almost all the profiles that I have seen have an MBA then move to Harvard Kennedy School to learn Leadership, Management etc... so , not clear.
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Duncan

What's misleading?

Can you post the search string you are using in LinkedIn? I found 1,100 MBAs working on sovereign debt, of whom 13 studied at HKS. 

What's misleading?<br><br>Can you post the search string you are using in LinkedIn? I found 1,100 MBAs working on sovereign debt, of whom 13 studied at HKS.&nbsp;
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Zangul

I went to LinkedIn and just went to see alumni. Using HKS link. 
In fact, I am little bit lost. I thought that the MPA was a kind of passeport to get the foot in the door for a job in  Sovereign Debt.. but what I see is that almost all the profile I have visted own an MBA then went to HKS to learn Public Policies etc... my question is then : is the MBA still a the best way to get in or should I use the Mid Career MPA as direct shortcut... ?

I went to LinkedIn and just went to see alumni. Using HKS link.&nbsp;<br>In fact, I am little bit lost. I thought that the MPA was a kind of passeport to get the foot in the door for a job in &nbsp;Sovereign Debt.. but what I see is that almost all the profile I have visted own an MBA then went to HKS to learn Public Policies etc... my question is then : is the MBA still a the best way to get in or should I use the Mid Career MPA as direct shortcut... ?
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Duncan

Read the post linked on my profile page about how to use LinkedIn.

If you search for HKS people doing sovereign debt you will find them. Does does not tell you if that is the best path for you. 

Read the post linked on my profile page about how to use LinkedIn.<br><br>If you search for HKS people doing sovereign debt you will find them. Does does not tell you if that is the best path for you.&nbsp;
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Zangul

thx Duncan. Does it tell me if it's the best path to me? not sure... that's why, I have asked for advice, as it's something I recently discovered and it seemed to be a good alternative as the teach subject related to public policy, Global macro, and all the stuff related to public governance... 

thx Duncan. Does it tell me if it's the best path to me? not sure... that's why, I have asked for advice, as it's something I recently discovered and it seemed to be a good alternative as the teach subject related to public policy, Global macro, and all the stuff related to public governance...&nbsp;
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