What Kind of Background is Needed to Enter a VC or PE Firm?


A financial background is not the only background VC and PE companies are interested in. All types of skills sets are needed; if you want some insight into if your non-financial background may be a fit, listen to what Jeff Hyman has to say on the topic from when he led a recent session of ExecuNet Master Class.

Jeff Hyman, a four-time CEO who raised $55 million in Venture Capital and served as Operating Partner for one of Chicago’s preeminent private equity firms. He’s an award-winning PE and VC headhunter, professor at Kellogg School of Management, and author of the bestselling book Recruit Rockstars.



William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Associate Director of Content Marketing, where he develops engaging job search, career path, and leadership insight to build ExecuNet's brand recognition as the leader in senior-level executive job search and all matters career.

He delivers executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand, amplifying the power of ExecuNet's expert voices and shaping the content strategy.

Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework. It is his training as an educator which allows Will to take complex ideas and make them simple for busy executives to understand and to execute.

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