Hiring an Analyst

Union Square Ventures is built around the internet. We invest in internet-based businesses, share our opinions on usv.com and personal blogs, and fight for the internet’s continued freedom. You can find the most recent iteration of our investment thesis here. So it makes sense that, when the time is right, we turn to the internet to help us find talented individuals to join our team. In this vein, I'm excited to announce that USV is hiring an investment analyst. The start date for this position will be sometime after Memorial Day.

The analyst position at Union Square Ventures is a two-year role based in New York City. As an analyst at USV, you'll learn what the venture capital business is about and gain insight into many fascinating technology startups. Our past analysts have launched a seed fund, joined one of our portfolio companies, joined another venture firm and worked on their own start-up.

The ideal candidate would be equally interested in working at a startup as in venture capital. We are open to candidates ranging from soon-to-be college graduates to candidates with a graduate degree and/or several years of relevant work experience.

The primary responsibility of the analyst is to help manage the day-to-day activities of the firm, including:

  • Performing market research and due diligence for potential investments, which could entail financial or web-analytics modeling, or testing products and services

  • Meeting with entrepreneurs who have started businesses in which USV may be interested in investing

  • Reporting for our investors, which includes helping to set companies' valuations, writing quarterly updates, and packaging the material for our investors

  • Working with USV portfolio companies, including research projects, competitor analysis, valuation work, and attending board meetings

  • Designing and executing projects of your own direction that help USV and/or our portfolio companies

We're looking for someone who demonstrates:

  • Deep understanding of the ecosystem of web and mobile services

  • Familiarity with web technologies

  • Strong drive and the ability to self-direct - your work and time is open-ended by nature and you must be able to identify and execute on opportunities to contribute to the team with little, if any, management or direction

  • Strong written and oral communication skills - well-defended opinions are a necessity

  • Strong interpersonal skills - you'll often be talking to entrepreneurs and other investors on behalf of USV

  • Strong organizational skills - you’ll be keeping track of documents for a large portfolio of investments

  • Comfort modeling in Excel and working in Google Docs

  • Comfortable in a small, relatively unstructured office environment

  • Ideally, some prior design or programming experience, or work in an investment or internet-related position

Our application has two parts:  

First, we're looking to see links that will help us get to know you. This could be your personal blog, Tumblr, Github profile or Twitter account - whatever represents you best. We expect your web presence to represent who you are, not who you think an employer wishes you were, so please don't waste time sanitizing your web presence before sending us there. We get it.

Second, we'd also like to hear from you directly, so we're asking each applicant to record two short videos answering these questions: "Why are you interested in the analyst role at Union Square Ventures?" (up to a 90-second response) and "Which web or mobile services most inspire you?" (up to a 120-second response). We're using Ziggeo to collect the video responses securely and privately.

To apply, visit usv.com/apply. You will need a Twitter account to log in. None of the information you submit will be shared outside of USV. We'll be accepting applicants until 11:59pm Eastern time on Tuesday, April 1st.

If you have questions, please leave them in the comments below. Otherwise, we're looking forward to hearing about what you find compelling, what you've made, how you think, and why you're into what we do.

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