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Type of Role: Investments

Experience Level: Analyst/Associate

Location: Denver, Colorado

Salary: $180K - $212K

Kickstart Fund, a seed-stage venture capital firm with offices in Utah and Colorado, is seeking an exceptional associate to join our investment team. Candidates must have a passion for early-stage technology startups, either demonstrated professionally (through career choices and pursuits) or personally (through academic studies, side projects, or other areas showing interest and ability) and should possess a clear desire to help build up Colorado’s startup community while working to invest in the best founders in Colorado and the Mountain West.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Manage the due diligence process: Evaluate investment opportunities (assessing the management team, conducting market/competitive research, investigating product/technology risks, determining paths-to-exit, analyzing financial statements and other company data, and building internal investment models), write investment memos, assist in closing deals, communicate clearly with founders throughout the process, and build trust.
  • Community Engagement: Actively engage with the Colorado startup ecosystem. Identify and build relationships with local entrepreneurs, accelerators, other VC firms, and builders in the community. Help foster a culture that celebrates innovation, entrepreneurship, and audacious quests to solve important problems, improve our lives, and do remarkable things with good people.
  • Assist in building out Colorado office: Work alongside a General Partner, Dalton Wright, to establish Kickstart’s Colorado office and execute on the firm’s strategy in the state.
  • Assist with fund management: Support the partnership in monitoring fund performance, analyzing follow-on investment decisions, and preparing communications with the firm’s limited partners (including dashboards, quarterly reports, etc.).
  • Help portfolio companies: Assist management teams within the portfolio with the various challenges they are encountering; help facilitate expert knowledge sharing across the portfolio; structure follow-on financings and exits; recruit talent and make customer intros. Potential opportunities to sit on boards of Kickstart-funded companies.
  • Support the operational activities of the firm: Participate in weekly meetings with the partnership, assist with fund-sponsored events in the community, and provide support on ad-hoc requests (e.g., running internal fund analytics, preparing for meetings, etc.).
  • Deal sourcing: Network and build relationships in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, identify prospective investments, review pitch decks, question and provide advice to entrepreneurs when they pitch to the firm, and help determine whether to perform further due diligence after the initial pitch.

WHAT WE OFFER

  • Competitive compensation and benefits package
  • A dynamic and inclusive work environment
  • Opportunity to travel to Utah regularly to engage with the full Kickstart team and build relationships throughout the Mountain West
  • The chance to lead initiatives in Colorado as we build out our strategy in the state and make a significant impact in the early-stage venture ecosystem

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of 2-3 years of work experience in management consulting, investment banking, private equity, venture capital, or entrepreneurship (though we will consider exceptional candidates with other backgrounds)
  • Analytical prowess (both quantitative and qualitative) and intellectual horsepower to drive quickly from ambiguity to insight
  • Proactive self‐starter, able to get up-to-speed quickly and work independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills, high emotional intelligence, and ability to engender trust
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • High proficiency with Excel, including experience with financial modeling
  • Positive, entrepreneurial, low-ego, can-do attitude, and an eagerness to learn and contribute
  • Comfortable working on multiple assignments simultaneously in a fast-paced environment