Looking for a part-time intern to work at Red Sea Ventures, an early-stage tech venture capital firm located in NYC. The firm is seeking interns who will become an integral part of the fund’s day to day operations and investment process. Interns will work closely with the team at the firm attending new pitches, conducting diligence and sharing their views on investment opportunities. Responsibilities will also include summarizing potential investment opportunities and extensive market research.
The internship will serve as fantastic exposure to venture capital, the technology industry and the start-up ecosystem in New York City. Candidates will gain experience in all aspects of the deal making process from sourcing to investment to portfolio management.
The internship will begin part-time with the potential to transition to a full-time summer internship. Interns will be expected to spend ~12 hours in the office each week and be available for up to 20 hours / week in total.
About the Role
Research emerging market opportunities and develop investment themes
Assist team with identifying, sourcing & evaluating new opportunities
Produce detailed financial analysis and investment due diligence (including business analysis, competitive
landscape review, financial modeling and deal structuring)
Work in a strategic capacity with portfolio companies on a regular basis
About the Applicant
Ideally a first year MBA student looking to enter into the private equity or venture capital field
2 - 5 years of experience preferred at a highly-regarded investment bank, consulting firm, technology company or venture fund
Demonstrated passion for technology and entrepreneurship
Legally qualified to work in the US
Personal integrity, initiative, quantitative expertise, strong communication skills, and the ability to work as an effective part of a team are essential
Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a premier undergraduate program
Internship is unpaid but travel and some expenses are included.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject title “Red Sea Ventures – MBA Internship Application” and attach your resume.
About Red Sea Ventures
Red Sea Ventures is an early-stage tech, venture firm focusing on seed & series A investments within New York City. Prior investments include Convoy, SkySafe, Fancy, Nest, Splash, Casetext, Joor, Sweetgreen, Way Up, All Birds, Goby, Trigger Media, Host Committee, Violet Grey, InsideHook, Electric Objects and Elite Daily.
At Red Sea Ventures, we’ve invested in a number of companies that build strong brands and view community as a fundamental asset of their brand and business. Those that have done it well have done it really well and through working with them and through the work I did at Seeds of Peace building a community of thousands of young professionals volunteering countless hours to host events and raise awareness, I’ve distilled a few big lessons which I’ll share periodically as updates to this post.
The term Community is in my opinion way overused. At RSV we care a lot about community because, when it is built properly, it makes the company more defensible. It is what often affords a company the patience of early adopters when there are early product missteps or other aspects of execution that go wrong (which is inevitable). The Community supporting that company and product is willing to tolerate errors because they, together with that startup, form a community and feel a shared responsibility for the success of the founders and the company as a whole.
Those communities can exist amongst employees, customers, partners, volunteers, neighbors, etc… . Just to level set what community actually means I’m going to copy+paste from Wikipedia (my college professors would kill me for quoting this source — but i wonder what todays profs think about Wikipedia as a reference source — I digress):
A community is a social unit of any size that shares common values, or that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a village or town). It is a group of people who are connected by durable relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties, and who usually define that relationship as important to their social identity and practice. (…)
Human communities may share intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, andrisks in common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.
Community is not just a bunch of random people who buy your product because it’s cheaper than anywhere else. It’s not a group of people who use your software without any shared values, beliefs, and needs. And in my opinion communities where there is no real connection between each node but only a connection from hub to spoke (customer to customer vs. customer to company) is not a defensible community worthy of that appellation.
We’ve seen companies like Sweetgreen build an incredible community by empowering all their employees with professional development opportunities, connecting them to each other, the company and the founders in a way that helps them evolve as individuals and as members of the Sweetgreen family. I think many would also say that Sweetgreen’s community translates into customers buying into and sharing common values and expressing their identity by choosing to eat at Sweetgreen even if it means waiting in line for 30 minutes for a salad and an amazing fresh juice. Sweetgreen has also invested in hosting events for those local to their restaurants whether it be a live music event that turned into a major music festival a few years later or a meditation class at their latest store opening.
We’ve seen Casetext build a community of law practitioners and researchers sharing their interpretations of caselaw building a database of research annotations delivering democratized access to alternative legal research tools when the only alternatives are paying $50 every time you hit the search button on LexisNexis or Westlaw.
WayUp has helped college students and recent grads develop job hunting skills and placing them in part time jobs that help pay their way through school.
Outdoor Voices that makes “technical apparel for recreation” … empowers you feel good about just going out for a run or to play a game of basketball without feeling like you need to in #beastmode on the court. They also build community through a series of events including sunday morning dog walks with coffee and dog treats at the end of the walk and more recently#DoingThingsDay which brought together hundreds of people to do yoga in celebration of the pursuit of happiness through communal physical activity.
These are just a few of our partner companies that build community through their products and services but they are emanate founders who have understood the importance of building community for all the stakeholders in their success. Most importantly they’ve understood that just building a good product for your customer isn’t enough anymore. When customers buy your product today they’re also expressing their identity and their values and choosing to support your company rather than all your other competitors. So the activities that make up community building are the ways that you tell your patrons who you are and why they should choose to align who they are with your brand.
So I’m going to boil this down to the 4 Pillars of Community. In order to build community, you have to look at everything you do through the following lens. You don’t need to build all 4 of these pillars (though its better if you do) but you need at least 3 and #1 is not optional.
1/ Mission — REQUIRED/NOT OPTIONAL: For a community to have the chance to withstand the test of time and missed expectations you need to define the values and the shared mission of the community and communicate those to your prospective community members. If you don’t have mission and values that are shared and infused in everything you and your company does, then you cannot have a shared mission or purpose. If you don’t have shared mission or purpose, then you don’t have community and as soon as anything gets tough, your customers, your employees, and your partners will turn their backs on you. Give them a chance to be a part of something bigger than themselves by giving them a mission to believe in that is authentic to you and to the product you’re building.
2/ Social Networking Opportunities: Everyone wants to meet people they like and get along with. If you don’t offer your stakeholders opportunities to be around like minded people that they will respect, then your community doesn’t enrich that person’s life sufficiently and they will go and find some other community that will. Whether that is meeting someone to date, get married to, or a new friend, this is an important part of connecting people to each other and being the center of what brings them together.
3/ Professional Networking: Everyone needs to make money. We all have basic needs to pay our rent, buy a home one day, provide for ourselves and our families, pay student loans, etc… if your company has the potential to connect people to each other in a way that may help them progress in their careers, get a new job, make more money, your organization or company will have a special place in their hearts for a long time.
4/ Personal or Professional Development: If you can give people opportunities to grow personally or professionally, you’ll be the platform that has helped them improve their sense of self-worth and gain valuable skills.
Community requires constant nurturing. You can’t build it, set programs in motion and then neglect to maintain them, allocate resources to support the community, and continuously improve it. Nothing is forever. Keep investing. If you don’t, then the community disintegrates and your brand is quickly irrelevant.
Today, SkySafe announced the close of its Seed round led by Andreesen Horowitz with our firm, Red Sea Ventures, participating along other great investors we’re proud to be co-investing with. SkySafe is building defense systems to prevent unauthorized drones from entering private or public spaces. Through SkySafe, security operators will be able to (1) detect and (2) disable or take over control of drones as they enter the protected airspace in real time. The spaces that SkySafe intends to protect include stadiums, airports, prisons, universities, public infrastructure, etc… This is obviously not a consumer solution but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a celebrity purchase an installation to protect their home.
At Red Sea Ventures, we’ve been thinking a lot about the power of drone technology and its far reaching implications on the world: enabling advancements in agriculture, surveillance and security, entertainment, and delivery of critical supplies to hard to reach places (medication for example). But with 2.5M drones projected to be sold in the US this year at $500-1000 a piece, these devices will inevitably fall into the hands of more bad actors who will threaten public safety either through negligence or malice. Just this week we were reminded of how important systems to defend against drones will be when a British Airways plane was hit by a drone at Heathrow Airport. This is unfortunately not an isolated case. In the last year the FAA has reported almost 600 incidents of drones in US airspace.
Against this evolving landscape and growing market we have been looking for opportunities to support entrepreneurs building businesses in this space.Julian first met the team in November and as soon as we had a chance to dig in with Grant and the SkySafe team, we realized we’d found a rare instance of Founder/Market fit capable of delivering on this complex technical challenge and ambitious vision. The team comes at the problem with highly technical backgrounds as engineers who worked on anti-drone systems of the US Air Force and strong business minds intensely focused on solving the problem of security in a way that allows Drone technology to flourish without sacrificing the safety we all seek.
We look forward to continuing to working with Grant and the team at SkySafe to support their vision to secure the skies above.
- Originally posted on Medium
LeagueApps will be hosting Ballin’ for Charity, a 3v3 Invitational Basketball tournament for the tech community in NYC, on Saturday March 19th.
Spots are limited! Here’s what you need to know:
- Tournament runs from 8am-2pm on Saturday March 19th at Basketball City in NYC
- 100% of the proceeds will go to charity - 50% to Positive Coaching Alliance to ensure all kids have amazing sports experiences and 50% to the winning team’s charity.
- There will be a Startup division and a Partner division (VCs, Service providers, Corporations), with the two clashing in the final rounds.
- The basketball will be great, and the party even better. A DJ will be spinning throughout!
- Because it’s the first weekend of March Madness, games will be shown throughout the event and there will be a March Madness after party.
- We’ll also open up a limited number of Sponsorship opportunities, as it’s a chance to get in front of 400+ leading members of the tech community.
For more information and to register, visit www.ballinforcharity.org.
AT RED SEA VENTURES, WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME WORKING WITH OUR PORTFOLIO AND GETTING TO KNOW OUR FOUNDERS PRETTY WELL (AND VICE-VERSA). THIS MAKES FOLLOW-ON INVESTING IN LATER ROUNDS WITH FOUNDERS WE BELIEVE IN TO BE A BIG PART OF OUR THESIS. IN THE FALL, A FEW CONVERSATIONS ABOUT FOLLOW-ON INVESTING AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PRO-RATA RIGHTS LED TO A PROJECT WITH A VERY TALENTED TEAM OF MIT MASTER OF FINANCE STUDENTS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF PROFESSOR MINAHAN. OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS, THE TEAM HAS DONE AMAZING WORK ANALYZING THE VALUE OF THESE RIGHTS AND THE VENTURE CAPITAL ENVIRONMENT AS A WHOLE. AT THE END OF THE PROJECT, THE TEAM TRAVELED TO NEW YORK CITY TO PRESENT TO RED SEA VENTURES AND OUR FRIENDS AT NEW YORK BASED VENTURE FUNDS. WE COULDN'T BE HAPPIER WITH BOTH THE RESULTS AND THE ADDITION OF OUR NEW INTERN, BRIAN LISTON.