• Last question: gimme your password

    March 27, 2012

    Imagine this scenario: You just completed a full day of second-round interviews at the Company’s premises following your successfully making the first cut at their on-campus recruiting session. It was a long, grueling day, but you feel good about the positive impression you made on everyone. Your well-prepared questions clearly hit the mark, and you […]

  • Asking a VC for a job

    March 20, 2012

    Last week I received a job inquiry which consisted of a CV attached to the following email (translated more or less verbatim): Dear Mr. Bivens Student at [local university], I’m looking for a job in private equity in Paris. Competitive, aggressive, and dominant on the French private equity market, Truffle Capital is the enterprise corresponding […]

  • YouTube: 1. War criminals: 0.

    March 13, 2012

    In the 7-day span since last week’s Rude VC column, the digital world has witnessed the fastest growing video campaign in the history of social media. I’m of course referring to the Kony2012 short film produced by Invisible Children.  The human rights organization launched a video with a sole objective to render famous and agitate […]

  • Europe still has a winner in Barça

    March 6, 2012

    Last week Europe hosted the Mobile World Congress, an annual ritual in which over 60,000 people in dark gray and black suits invade Barcelona in an event originally organized by the consortium of mobile network operators. The event used to be called 3GSM, named after the nearly ubiquitous technology standard for mobile communication. The GSMA […]

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