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VENTURE CAPITALIST: The Future Is In Information Technology

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Vish began his career as an electrical engineer. He then went on to become an executive, then an entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. He has taken part in each part of the business process, and is now helping other young entrepreneurs by mentoring them and helping their businesses grow. He advises that the future is in information technology, the sciences, and engineering.

Degree: Electrical Engineering
Job Title: Venture Capitalist
Employer: Clearstone Venture Partners

Job Summary: Venture Capitalist

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A venture capitalist (VC) invests in start-up or relatively small businesses. VCs look for little-known companies that have a unusually large potential to provide them and their limited partners (investors) an outsize return on their investment. VCs usually organize themselves into small firms that work together to choose investments. Many VCs, after making an investment, will actively work with the company in which they invested (a portfolio company) to help it prosper.

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$100,000 - $300,000
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Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Networking, People skills, Problem solving skills

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m='13400'>happy</span> <span m='13740'>to</span> <span m='13870'>see</span> <span m='14750'>the</span> <span m='14860'>symposium</span> <span m='15390'>come</span> <span m='15600'>to</span> <span m='15800'>fruition</span> <span m='16460'>with</span> <span m='16670'>grand</span> <span m='17020'>success.</span> </p><p><span m='18430'>A</span> <span m='18450'>typical</span> <span m='18930'>day,</span> <span m='19360'>I</span> <span m='19730'>don't</span> <span m='20120'>know.</span> <span m='21890'>I</span> <span m='22375'>am</span> <span m='22860'>with</span> <span m='23050'>so</span> <span m='23170'>many</span> <span m='23390'>people</span> <span m='23770'>every</span> <span m='24010'>day.</span> <span m='24760'>And</span> <span m='25200'>that's</span> <span m='25690'>normally</span> <span m='25860'>my</span> <span m='26020'>job,</span> <span m='26450'>because</span> <span m='26750'>I</span> <span m='26900'>just</span> <span m='27180'>got to</span> <span m='27350'>be with</span> <span m='27550'>people,</span> <span m='29080'>and</span> <span m='29290'>I</span> <span m='29380'>take</span> <span m='29680'>a</span> <span m='29730'>real</span> <span m='30050'>pleasure</span> <span m='30450'>in</span> <span m='30600'>helping</span> <span m='31400'>other</span> <span m='31630'>people</span> <span m='32119'>and</span> <span m='32460'>guiding</span> <span m='32750'>and</span> <span m='33090'>mentoring</span> <span m='33470'>them,</span> <span m='33630'>coaching</span> <span m='34000'>them,</span> <span m='34210'>helping</span> <span m='34510'>them</span> <span m='34570'>succeed.</span> <span m='38230'>That's</span> <span m='38470'>how</span> <span m='39630'>whole</span> <span m='39840'>day</span> <span m='40700'>just</span> <span m='40890'>goes</span> <span m='41100'>by,</span> <span m='41360'>whether</span> <span m='41670'>it's</span> <span m='41760'>with</span> <span m='41870'>the</span> <span m='41960'>family</span> <span m='42310'>members</span> <span m='43110'>or</span> <span m='43230'>whether</span> <span m='43520'>it's my</span> <span m='43680'>friends</span> <span m='44140'>or</span> <span m='44250'>whether</span> <span m='44390'>it's</span> <span m='44640'>my</span> <span m='45210'>coworkers,</span> <span m='45800'>whether</span> <span m='46020'>it's</span> <span m='46150'>entrepreneurs,</span> <span m='46830'>whether</span> <span m='47130'>with</span> <span m='47280'>fellow</span> <span m='47590'>venture</span> <span m='47650'>capitalists.</span> <span m='48460'>That's</span> <span m='48670'>a</span> <span m='48850'>typical</span> <span m='48890'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='50060'>My</span> <span m='50260'>college</span> <span m='50570'>degree,</span> <span m='51540'>I</span> <span m='51700'>have</span> <span m='52120'>a</span> <span m='52200'>degree</span> <span m='52550'>in</span> <span m='52690'>electrical</span> <span m='53140'>engineering,</span> <span m='53580'>so</span> <span m='53850'>undergraduate</span> <span m='54710'>as</span> <span m='54840'>well as</span> <span m='54940'>master's,</span> <span m='55750'>so</span> <span m='56030'>double the</span> <span m='56450'>degree</span> <span m='56890'>and</span> <span m='57180'>got</span> <span m='57660'>my</span> <span m='57800'>career</span> <span m='58250'>going</span> <span m='58530'>as</span> <span m='58650'>a</span> <span m='58810'>hands-on</span> <span m='59660'>engineer</span> <span m='60670'>turned</span> <span m='61160'>executive</span> <span m='61780'>turned</span> <span m='62040'>entrepreneur</span> <span m='62900'>turned</span> <span m='63260'>venture</span> <span m='63500'>capitalist.</span> <span m='63980'>So</span> <span m='64459'>I've</span> <span m='64610'>gotten</span> <span m='64819'>the</span> <span m='64930'>full</span> <span m='65269'>360</span> <span m='65740'>degree</span> <span m='66000'>view.</span> <span m='66670'>Of course,</span> <span m='67140'>naturally,</span> <span m='67410'>I'm</span> <span m='67570'>biased</span> <span m='67950'>because</span> <span m='68600'>I</span> <span m='68800'>used to</span> <span m='69030'>do math</span> <span m='69230'>and</span> <span m='69340'>science</span> <span m='69900'>and</span> <span m='70060'>engineering.</span> <span m='70980'>But</span> <span m='71360'>that's</span> <span m='71750'>where the</span> <span m='71930'>future</span> <span m='72230'>is.</span> </p><p><span m='73720'>I</span> <span m='73870'>always</span> <span m='74110'>had</span> <span m='74280'>this</span> <span m='74420'>desire</span> <span m='74930'>to</span> <span m='75080'>always</span> <span m='75450'>help</span> <span m='75640'>others.</span> <span m='76480'>And</span> <span m='76670'>I</span> <span m='76720'>think</span> <span m='77270'>venture</span> <span m='77750'>capital</span> <span m='78680'>is</span> <span m='78930'>something</span> <span m='79560'>that is</span> <span m='80030'>really</span> <span m='80280'>good,</span> <span m='80500'>because</span> <span m='80780'>you're</span> <span m='80910'>basically</span> <span m='81480'>helping</span> <span m='81930'>others</span> <span m='82160'>succeed</span> <span m='83070'>through</span> <span m='83210'>entrepreneurship,</span> <span m='84170'>helping</span> <span m='84510'>them</span> <span m='84660'>build</span> <span m='84850'>their</span> <span m='84980'>companies.</span> <span m='85880'>And</span> <span m='86200'>it's</span> <span m='86420'>been</span> <span m='86580'>very</span> <span m='86760'>natural</span> <span m='87360'>for</span> <span m='87540'>me.</span> <span m='88120'>Going</span> <span m='88330'>back</span> <span m='88600'>to</span> <span m='88720'>my</span> <span m='88870'>high</span> <span m='89050'>school days</span> <span m='89470'>and</span> <span m='89590'>college</span> <span m='89970'>days,</span> <span m='90490'>I</span> <span m='90790'>always was</span> <span m='90990'>helping</span> <span m='91880'>my</span> <span m='92120'>fellow</span> <span m='92400'>students</span> <span m='92780'>with</span> <span m='92880'>their</span> <span m='92960'>homework</span> <span m='93440'>and</span> <span m='93880'>this</span> <span m='94150'>and</span> <span m='94230'>that,</span> <span m='95090'>teaching</span> <span m='95390'>them</span> <span m='95550'>whatever</span> <span m='95900'>I</span> <span m='96020'>knew,</span> <span m='96360'>sharing</span> <span m='97090'>my</span> <span m='97230'>knowledge and</span> <span m='97670'>experience.</span> </p><p><span m='98280'>And</span> <span m='98510'>with</span> <span m='98700'>being</span> <span m='98800'>a</span> <span m='99070'>VC,</span> <span m='101445'>it's</span> <span m='101820'>just</span> <span m='102200'>great.</span> <span m='102590'>OK,</span> <span m='102860'>now</span> <span m='103090'>I'm</span> <span m='103200'>in a</span> <span m='103240'>position</span> <span m='103680'>to</span> <span m='104510'>guide</span> <span m='104780'>them,</span> <span m='105040'>mentor</span> <span m='105240'>them,</span> <span m='105820'>and</span> <span m='105960'>also</span> <span m='106400'>write them</span> <span m='106590'>a check</span> <span m='107130'>and</span> <span m='107480'>to</span> <span m='107550'>help</span> <span m='107990'>them</span> <span m='108290'>see</span> <span m='108720'>through</span> <span m='108980'>their</span> <span m='109230'>business</span> <span m='110030'>grow</span> <span m='110330'>and</span> <span m='110470'>succeed.</span> </p><p><span m='111410'>I</span> <span m='111820'>think,</span> <span m='112180'>first</span> <span m='112660'>and</span> <span m='112770'>foremost,</span> <span m='113200'>for</span> <span m='113330'>the</span> <span m='113410'>high</span> <span m='113550'>school</span> <span m='113770'>kids,</span> <span m='114340'>my</span> <span m='114910'>number</span> <span m='115350'>one</span> <span m='115400'>advice</span> <span m='115840'>is</span> <span m='116290'>please</span> <span m='116610'>study</span> <span m='116980'>hard,</span> <span m='117740'>and</span> <span m='117980'>especially</span> <span m='118520'>please</span> <span m='118860'>study</span> <span m='119610'>math</span> <span m='119910'>and</span> <span m='120030'>science.</span> <span m='120380'>Because</span> <span m='120650'>the</span> <span m='120750'>careers</span> <span m='121010'>for</span> <span m='121270'>you</span> <span m='121450'>in</span> <span m='121530'>the</span> <span m='121610'>future are</span> <span m='121980'>in the</span> <span m='122300'>information</span> <span m='123590'>technology</span> <span m='124750'>area.</span> </p><p><span m='126440'>Look</span> <span m='126600'>at</span> <span m='126720'>you</span> <span m='126880'>guys.</span> <span m='127120'>You're</span> <span m='127260'>so</span> <span m='127570'>fortunate,</span> <span m='128090'>so</span> <span m='128150'>lucky.</span> <span m='128870'>You've</span> <span m='129030'>got</span> <span m='129210'>the</span> <span m='129310'>devices,</span> <span m='129870'>the</span> <span m='129990'>gadgets,</span> <span m='130440'>the</span> <span m='130570'>technology</span> <span m='131090'>in</span> <span m='131170'>your</span> <span m='131310'>pocket,</span> <span m='131850'>in</span> <span m='132190'>your</span> <span m='133140'>purses</span> <span m='133720'>and</span> <span m='134210'>whatever.</span> </p><p><span m='135270'>But</span> <span m='135550'>that's</span> <span m='135780'>where</span> <span m='135890'>the</span> <span m='135970'>jobs</span> <span m='136330'>of the</span> <span m='136460'>future</span> <span m='136870'>are.</span> <span m='137260'>The</span> <span m='137490'>jobs of</span> <span m='137640'>the future</span> <span m='138140'>are</span> <span m='140210'>in</span> <span m='140410'>the</span> <span m='140570'>information</span> <span m='141080'>industry.</span> <span m='141550'>So</span> <span m='142310'>math</span> <span m='142720'>and</span> <span m='142840'>science</span> <span m='143250'>education</span> <span m='143800'>is</span> <span m='143920'>so</span> <span m='144230'>crucial,</span> <span m='146150'>not</span> <span m='146380'>only</span> <span m='146570'>for</span> <span m='146700'>the</span> <span m='146960'>students.</span> <span m='147480'>But</span> <span m='147530'>also</span> <span m='147880'>tell</span> <span m='148140'>your</span> <span m='148290'>parents</span> <span m='148770'>that</span> <span m='149050'>you really</span> <span m='149170'>want</span> <span m='149350'>to</span> <span m='149390'>go</span> <span m='149580'>study</span> <span m='150360'>math</span> <span m='150580'>and</span> <span m='150700'>science,</span> <span m='151370'>because</span> <span m='151970'>things</span> <span m='152280'>are</span> <span m='152370'>changing.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265666,"video_id":"2701028625001","name":"71317277","duration":153600,"thumbnail_url":null}});