We're hiring a Venture Associate!

We're hiring our first Venture Associate and are looking for someone amazing. Let us know if it might be you. See the job description below and email us at contact@blue.xyz if you're interested


AVAILABLE POSITION

VENTURE ASSOCIATE

Blue {Seed} Collective is a people-first, early stage venture investment firm located in New York City. Our investment thesis is simple: we believe phenomenal people build phenomenal businesses. This means our mission is to identify, invest in, and develop exceptional entrepreneurs across industry and geography. We invest most heavily in the US, in tech businesses, and in founders who have premium professional backgrounds (most often alumni of McKinsey, Bain, BCG, and Goldman).

We are a ‘start-up’ VC with the energy, aspiration, and funding to build a different type of investment platform. We are currently deploying our first Fund and have built an initial portfolio of 20+ exciting, diverse companies (see www.blue.xyz/entrepreneurs). We are convinced of the value of diversity of perspective in our portfolio, our LP base, and our team and want to build a world-class and inclusive institution.

Today we are two co-Founder Partners in search of a distinctively talented individual to join as the first team member.

ROLE OVERVIEW:

The Venture Associate will lead and support activities across the full spectrum of Blue {Seed} Collective operations, from sourcing to diligence to portfolio support to investor engagement and brand building. You will work side-by-side with Blue Collective’s Partners and receive active coaching and mentorship. You will play an integral role in helping us create Blue Collective’s long-term strategy and build a premier investment business.

We anticipate this role to be an accelerated track to Partner. As such, we are looking for someone not afraid to put everything on the line and help us build something special and long-lasting. This is a role that promises long hours and little pay (at least in the near-term) in return for:

  • World-class coaching;
  • The experience of building a business (and businesses);
  • Exposure across wide-ranging industries, technologies, and people that is rarely matched;
  • A real career path in venture capital; and
  • The prospects of fabulous riches in the future!

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and cultivate long-lasting relationships with entrepreneurs and companies that fit our investment scope
  • Lead industry research into sectors and businesses that fit our investment scope
  • Drive diligence activities (e.g., founder interviews, market and competitive analysis, customer interviews, etc.) and support investment decision-making
  • Support portfolio entrepreneurs with the best of Blue Collective (e.g., problem-solving, introductions, hiring support, hands-on support, analysis, etc.)
  • Support brand-building activities (including content creation and events)
  • Drive special projects related to Blue Collective’s longer-term growth and strategy
  • Support fundraising activities for future Blue Collective Funds
  • Help craft the overall strategy and direction for the Firm

IDEAL PROFILE:

  • A leader, entrepreneur, and ‘self-starter’ – this is a ‘start-up’ and demands the requisite level of dedication and sacrifice
  • Energized by new ideas – a generalist at heart who can also go deep and become an expert in any topic in less than a day
  • Energized by new people – loves meeting new people and developing long-lasting, trust-based relationships
  • Operator mindset – knows how businesses get big and how they make money
  • Razor-sharp analytical skills – comfortable and adept with fact-gathering, analysis, and insight generation
  • Killer communication skills – able to influence people and express ideas clearly and succinctly
  • Values-driven – knows what it means to operate as a principled professional
  • Ideally 2+ years as Analyst or Associate at top management consulting firm (e.g., McKinsey, Bain, BCG)
  • BA degree required; MBA and/or grad degree valued, but not required (see above for what’s really important)
  • PE / VC experience discouraged ;-)

SALARY:

  • Annual salary starting at $70K USD with annual performance bonus
  • Associate will also receive equity at the start (i.e., a portion of GP “carry”)

To apply, please email us at contact@blue.xyz. Please send us a cover letter and a resume. Next step would involve in-person interviews with Blue Collective Partners. We look forward to meeting you.


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SoapBox creating Champions in Monrovia

David Simnick and the SoapBox team make great soap and wash products. That's how they make money as a business and for themselves and the SoapBox investors (of which we are proud to be a part). SoapBox also has a social mission. Every sale of a SoapBox product here generates a donation of soap and clean water to those who need it. As the team says, "Soap = Hope". As part of their social mission, SoapBox is working in Monrovia to train female Ebola survivors in making soap. These "Champions", once trained, will then have means and abilities to make money for themselves and deliver better hygiene to those around them. We love businesses with social missions and are proud to support SoapBox in small part. Congrats David and team!

Read more at about the program here

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SoloPro spikes the football

Tommy Sowers and the team at SoloPro kicked off 2016 with a local spot in North Carolina during the Super Bowl. SoloPro is changing home-buying by offering disaggregated agent services such that home buyers pay less and only for the services they need. Such a revolutionary product of course meant that the ad included breaking glass and explosions...and lot of them. Enjoy the ad here and check out www.solopro.com. Congrats to Tommy and team!

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The Future of Work

Jason Shah, Founder of Do, has become an expert on making work days more productive. He sat down with PC Magazine recently and gave his thoughts. A good read for anyone who feels like his or her day is consumed by endless meetings. Enjoy!

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Bee raises $4.6 million to bring banking back to the masses

Did you know that more than 70 million US citizens do not have access to the traditional banking system (i.e., basic checking, savings, credit that you probably take for granted)? Did you know that more than 90% of bank branch closures since the GFC have occurred in communities with incomes at or below the US median? Whether you knew this previously or not, we hope you agree it's a big problem.

Vinay, Alex, and Max are tackling this problem with Bee, a digital-only banking product for the un-banked and under-banked in the US. They've just recently raised a new financing round led by AXA Capital. We're happy to be along for the ride. Congratulations to the team at Bee!

Read more at Wall Street Journal and Xconomy

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"Not-A-Pitch" Night in NYC!

Time to get excited and all entrepreneurial-y!

We are hosting "Not-A-Pitch" Night, our first Blue {Seed} event in NYC on Thursday, October 29 at Norwood Club.

Event open to any and all current and ex-consultants and bankers who are entrepreneurs, aspire to be one, or are just curious.

Email jjkasper@bluecap.vc if you are interested to attend. Hope to see you there!

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Match.Com for Financial Advisors

Raghav Sharma, Founder of GuideVine, sits down with CNBC to discuss his business. Once GuideVine is a monstrous success, we will be the first ones to tune into "Live with Kelly and Raghav." Congrats Raghav! Great job!

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- Sinjorino Gaga

Making payments harder, better, faster, stronger...

Well actually, Kash's mission is to make "payments better, faster, and safer", but our paraphrase is close enough. Kaz Nejatian, one of the Blue {Seed} entrepreneurs and the founder of Kash, has launched the Kash API, d.b.a. liveACH API. Kash payments are an alternative to credit cards and run over ACH rails (think checks) as opposed to credit or debit rails (think Visa and MasterCard). Merchants care because Kash is way cheaper for them than credit or debit and now just as safe. For those who aren't payment 'wonks' like us, we can assure you this is 'harder, better, faster, stronger....' Learn more at PYMNTS

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Moving from Consulting to Startup

Reflections from Chris Finneral, Founder at SketchDeck, on the good and bad of moving from the consulting world to the startup world. Thoughts?

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ZocDoc gets an appointment at the Unicorn Club

ZocDoc joins the Unicorn Club (Officially). Congratulations (officially) to Cyrus, Oliver, and the full team!

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SketchDeck tells us what a successful pitch deck looks like

What SketchDeck learned from designing 200 pitch decks

Since the beginning of SketchDeck clients have asked us to design their fundraising pitch decks. We've now worked with over 200 companies to help them impress investors and raise capital for their businesses.

We've learned a lot about how to make a good pitch deck: how to impress investors, how to showcase your story and how to be compelling. We've analysed the pitches we've worked on and here share some of the results.

 

Successful pitches' first slide is often their value proposition or the problem they are solving

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You scream, I scream for GuideVine's Summer Scoop

Consumers Hungry for Financial Planning Info Gobble Up Video Content on GuideVine's YouTube Channel

GuideVine Technologies, Inc. (GuideVine) announced today that its Summer Scoop campaign, launched June 1, 2015, has exceeded expectations. The campaign was designed to provide consumers with daily "scoops" of useful information, in the form of short video segments from real financial planners, to help viewers understand, and deal with, an assortment of common financial issues and frequently-asked questions. 

Read the press release here.  Or better, watch the videos here.

 

GuideVine's mission is to help consumers find the right financial advisor. Every advisor on our platform has gone through a rigorous review process to ensure we have a trusted financial expert with a great track record working with clients. You can learn more by visiting us at GuideVine.com, where in just a few clicks, you can get a personalized advisor match.

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LookBooker books the Sassoons as partners

LookBooker Welcomes the Sassoons

Eden and Elan Sassoon, children of the late and iconic hair genius Vidal Sassoon, have joined LookBooker in a unique partnership that represents the intersection between the legacy of hair and beauty and what the future might hold. LookBooker is currently the premier aggregator for hair and beauty services in New York City, and The Sassoons will be partnering with us as we grow and expand across the US. As salon owners and busy parents themselves, the benefits of LookBooker – a quick and easy way to search for, select and instantly confirm appointments – appealed to the pair, both as heavy users of the platform and as owners of salons across the country.

 
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Happy Tree spreading the good word on CBS

Meet coconut water's new rival: Maple tree water

Wander into a Whole Foods (WFM) and you might find a new type of drink: maple tree water under the brand name Happy Tree. It claims to offer the nutrients and electrolytes of coconut water, which is currently a $400 million-a-year business, but at only half the calories. Read more at CBS News.

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It's alive....

Blue {Seed} Capital is finally live!

Thank you to the entrepreneurs, partners, loved ones, and everyone who else who helped us make our own entrepreneurial vision a reality. To put another way, thanks to all those who said 'yes'! And thanks to all those who said 'no' too. It only made us dream bigger, go faster, and sleep less. Stay tuned...

JJ & Brian

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