I'm a VC--AMA

Storm Ventures BBVX43
Nov 6, 2019 681 Comments

-Early stage focused b2b investor
-Have worked in venture capital for 4 years
-Founder of BLCK VC; group focused on increasing black representation in venture capital/tech
-Stanford grad


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TOP 681 Comments
  • Uber himu00
    Have you ever actually built anything yourself?
    Nov 6, 2019 7
    • NPD / Data fQqG37
      You're vs. your. What's going on with American education system.
      Nov 9, 2019
    • Expedia Group / Creative *||||||||*
      You guys just need to whip out your ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† and a ruler and have done with it already.
      Nov 10, 2019
  • Google / Eng

    Google Eng

    This dude just keeps flagging all TC related questions. Just answer the question bro. TC or GTFO.
    Nov 7, 2019 2
    • Uber Biatch
      Should I just post his LinkedIn? Figured out who he is.
      Dec 31, 2019
    • Yahoo JabS27
      I was about to ask him, why don't you announce yourself :-) And then saw Uber's post :-)
      Dec 31, 2019
  • New / Eng na206
    As a black dev Iโ€™m always largely underpaid but Iโ€™ve worked for large companies. I come from a non traditional engineering background. A lot of my ideas get implement into produce for millions of people at work. How does one even begin to find or approach VC. I feel often that thereโ€™s a huge amount of opportunity thatโ€™s obfuscated from e as the odd man out
    Nov 6, 2019 19
    • WillowTree kGTA03
      @veritas people love to drop that same exact screed every time it comes up

      Call it ego ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ

      I get salty about it, but at the end of the day I don't want to work for companies that do it enough to "suck it up".

      I contribute enough to the teams I'm on that I can go to bed soundly without doubting my worth as an engineer and say "their loss", even if I like to complain about it

      I gaze longingly at people talking about Google TC, but TC is the only thing that appeals to me about the places doing this stuff, and while I care more about it these days, that's obviously not a good reason to join a company, let alone jump through hoops to join one.

      It's kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy, a place that I'd enjoy working at is not going to ask me to suck it up to do busywork that doesn't generate value while I'm there, so they're not going to ask me to suck it up and do busy work before I get my foot in the door.

      Usually, especially for the non-FAANGs, you hop on Glassdoor or Blind and lo-and-behold a lot of them stink but everyone is "sucking it up" because of TC or perks. I mean, I'd gouge my eyes out before I'd work at Veritas, would you like to tell me what you enjoy about working there?

      I posted about this a few months ago and I've been job searching since, I'm already on track to seriously increase my TC, so it's not like you even have to *totally* sacrifice TC just because you can't do hackerrank hard problems.

      If I'm being objective about it, in some ways it's helped me find some very cool places to work this time around. Last time I searched I assumed FAANG is the only way to get really *paid*, so I put TC out if my mind, that was probably my real mistake
      Nov 7, 2019
    • New crak
      Jim Crow had literacy tests too.

      The difference is now, we have tools to adapt(enter leetcode, etc). Overcome adversity, it's in our blood.
  • Amazon WaUGr6
    How does one become a venture capitalist? Do you need a finance background?
    Nov 6, 2019 5
    • Rackspace / Eng mrhands
      Nov 6, 2019
    • Are you Eric Bachman?
      Dec 31, 2019
  • Netflix pean
    Founder of Black VC? How do you sleep at night being racist and judging people based on their skin color, not merit? MLK would have been embarrassed by people like yourself
    Jan 1 8
    • WeWork sissyz
      Thatโ€™s correct. Imbalance only exists because of evil -isms, and any effort to correct them is immune to being the same -ism.

      Then, at some point, we will reach the promised land, every single role in the USA will be 51% female, 13% black, and match the US Census numbers exactly.

      And the weโ€™ll stop and go back to just using meritocracy.

      The end.
      Jan 3
    • Netflix avio
      Every role except nurses and plumbers - no one wants equal Gender and lgbt representation there!
      Jan 3
  • Snapchat


    AMA - Ask me anything, I wont answer anything.
    Nov 8, 2019 3
    • Storm Ventures BBVX43
      Working on it all now! Spent 5 hours on when I originally posted.
      Nov 13, 2019
    • Snapchat


      Makes sense. We all thought u have abandoned the thread. Sorry.
      Nov 20, 2019
  • New / Sales LadyCloser
    Why arenโ€™t more women funded? Are there a lot less women-founded startups seeking funding - or is there a different issue?
    Dec 31, 2019 8
    • New Qfjg38
      Lol how could you possibly even cite that as a "fact" when the sample size is so, so small. How many female CEO do you know?
      Dec 31, 2019
    • Netflix pean
      Cite what as a fact? Plenty of female founders, mostly unsuccessful ones thatโ€™s why even woke VC are cautious to invest.
      Even woke investors know this
      Dec 31, 2019
  • Twitter
    ๐Ÿจ koala


    I got a bio now. Do you?
    ๐Ÿจ koalamore
    TC or GtFo
    Nov 6, 2019 0
  • Microsoft / Other : ๐Ÿง
    1. What are the typical returns of a mid-tier medium-size B2B software VC fund?
    2. How does VC career differ in a top vs mid-tier firm?
    3. When can you expect TC to cross $300k, $500k, and $1M?
    4. How much of VC role is networking?
    5. How much of VC role is hands-on work with a portfolio company?
    Nov 6, 2019 0
  • Mixpanel suhail
    Will you invest in my next startup?
    Nov 6, 2019 7
    • Mixpanel suhail
      Anyone hear how pinterest stock is doing?
      Nov 6, 2019
    • Yahoo JabS27
      Mixing Oracle and Oath!! you really are suhail from mixpanel !
      Dec 31, 2019


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