Former Startup CEO seeking advice

Sep 7 5 Comments

I just finished a stint (year and a half) running my own financial services exchange and education platform for an overseas market (never lived overseas until this venture). We did get venture funding from a very good VC fund, but we ended up getting shut down after a legal battle with the government. Prior to that I worked in consulting at a solid firm for a year while running my own investment fund. I've also built tech platforms in my free time for a non-profit. I'm looking to break into product management and I'm looking for advice. What firms look for startup experience? I interviewed with Facebook, but given it was my first PM interview I didn't end up getting the role. It's been a bit rough the past few months, as I've been in limbo trying to run my startup and look at opportunities, but now I'm locked and focused on PM roles. Wondering if the community here has any tips or advice for someone in a situation like mine? I'm definitely looking for more of a post MBA position as that's where my interviews have currently been (with FB and with consulting firms). Any and all advice is appreciated!

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    mDBW53

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    mDBW53more
    Was this an illegal bitcoin exchange?
    Sep 7 2
    • OP
      No, we were actually working with the government but they needed us to pay for licensing fees up front. We had soft commits for our entire round, but based on obtaining a license. One VC was willing to fund us while we were building out our exchange and education platform, but once the government gave us a hard no on the licensing process prior to paying fees the other VC's pulled out.
      Sep 7
    • Amazon Waze
      So you failed because you couldn't afford to pay the license fees to the government?
      Sep 7
  • Amazon Waze
    So you failed because you couldn't afford to pay the license fees to the government?
    Sep 7 1
    • OP
      Essentially. The VC’s didn’t want to invest that much into sunken costs before we got off the ground.
      Sep 8