Hiring – Investment Analyst

Sierra Ventures is hiring an Investment Analyst to join Our Team

Details about the role and how to apply are below. Please feel free to pass the opportunity along to anyone you think would be a good fit.

To apply, please complete this Form.

The Position

The Investment Analyst is a critical member of the Deal Prospecting Team and will help drive the firm’s outbound deal sourcing efforts. Working with the 5 Partners and 2-3 other investment team members, the Investment Analyst will perform key activities like research on startups & venture capital firms, deal pipeline management, and network development.

This is not only a “hands-on” position but will also require a high level of independent work, and creative thinking to ensure effective interaction with the Sierra Team and targeted early-stage venture capital firms. The successful candidate will be well-rounded with the ability to develop a repeatable deal prospecting process while networking effectively within the firm ecosystem.

Reporting

The position is based remote (firm HQ is in San Mateo, CA) and reports directly to the Vice President – Business Development while also working with the Operating Partner, Head of Marketing & Platform, and the other members of the Investment Team. The firm has 15 employees, all based in the Bay Area.

Key Responsibilities/Objectives

  • Research – Perform primary and secondary research; evaluating top companies in investors’ portfolios in specific geographic regions to identify startups that meet Sierra’s investment criteria.
  • Deal Flow – as a research follow-up, make initial contact with early-stage venture capital firms, as directed, to learn more about the firm, target investment criteria and top portfolio companies. Facilitate deal leads to an investment partner and/or presentation to full investment In tandem, consistently manage a deal pipeline & meeting notes within a CRM.
  • Networking – develop personal network to include analysts & associates at other collaborative venture capital firms, accelerators/incubators, angel investors, and others to enhance deal flow and broaden firm’s footprint. Attend mixers and applicable events to grow
  • CXO Advisory Board – when needed, provide support to the Vice President and Partners on key responsibilities for the Sierra Ventures CXO Advisory Board like the Annual CXO Summit, Innovation Briefings, enterprise technology research, and diligence support.

Candidate Background and Key Personal Attributes

  • 2-3 years of experience in venture capital, private equity, investment banking or a Business Development/Sales/Partnerships role focused on interacting with VCs/PEs/Investment Banks
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Strong communication skills and Ability to interact socially at all levels.
  • Strong English speaking/writing skills or equivalent
  • Enthusiastic and hardworking with a passion for
  • Foreign language skills a plus but not

What constitutes Success in this Role?

  • Be a self-starter with a high level of curiosity and persistence — not afraid to ‘cold call’ or adapt to new social environments.
  • Excels when working in an environment with high performers who provide high-level direction but expect the candidate to “fill in the blanks”
  • Perform well in a “multi-supervisor” scenario — while the position reports to the Vice President & Operating Partner, there is interaction with all other team

To apply, please complete this Form.

If you are unable to complete the Form, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@sierraventures.com.

About Sierra Ventures

Founded in 1982, Sierra Ventures is a leading venture capital firm. Sierra is known for its experienced investment team, deep network and proven ‘hands on’ entrepreneurial approach. The firm seeks out, invests in, and evolves promising early stage start-ups to meet enterprise market demands by leveraging the team’s unique skillsets, differentiated approach and proprietary capabilities.

Sierra has raised over $2B in investment capital since inception and closed its 12th investment fund ($217 million) in 2019. The Managing Partners (Mark Fernandes, Tim Guleri, and Ben Yu) have worked together for over 15 years and are joined by Vignesh Ravikumar, Partner and Jim Doehrman, the Operating Partner who runs all firm operations.

The Firm focuses on early-stage investments in 1) core B2B enterprise sectors like Data/AI, Infrastructure (IoT, Cloud), Vertical SaaS (Enterprise Apps, Fintech, Security) and 2) next gen technologies including Digital Healthcare, eCommerce Tech, EdTech, Industrial Automation (ML, Robotics), New Consumer and Web3. The Firm has invested globally, and manages existing investments globally, but is currently focused on companies primarily in North America, LATAM and Israel.

In addition to the deep industry knowledge and network of the Firm’s partners, Sierra manages the industry’s first CXO Advisory Board comprised of 75+ Global 1000 CIO’s, CTO’s and CDO’s that advise Sierra on technology challenges they are facing, hear from Sierra on new disruptive technologies and get introduced to portfolio companies that could become customers, partners, or acquisition targets for the CXO group. We host an annual conference/Summit for the CXO Group and the 15th annual Summit was just completed virtually in September 2021.

For more information visit sierraventures.com.

Brendon joined Sierra Ventures in 2017 and leads business development operations for the firm, including the CXO Advisory Board and Annual CXO Summit. In addition, he partners with management teams in the Sierra Ventures portfolio to accelerate their growth by identifying mutually beneficial CXO engagements, key strategic partnerships, and providing support with analyst relations strategies. Brendon also works with the Investment Team on sourcing and due diligence. Brendon has a background supporting CIOs in the healthcare industry and investors in the Venture Capital & Private Equity sectors through his work at Gartner. Brendon holds a MS in Entrepreneurship and BA in Environmental Science from the University of Florida. Outside of work he’s an avid golfer, traveler, and big Florida Gators fan.

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