Currently a consultant at a B4, going to Stanford GSB in the fall, with goal of transitioning to VC. What are some steps I should take now proactively to best position myself for transitioning into VC?

For context, I do have startup experience (2.5 years founding a startup that I then left for consulting, startup is still going strong now with other cofounders, ~$30M in valuation). Most of work in consulting was technology strategy and some operations (cost-cutting, etc.).

Thanks in advance!

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I know this is a meme and all, but I definitely know people who have done this. Granted the people had very strong sector specific experience.

Out of curiosity, why did you leave the start-up? I’m working on kicking one off while working at McKinsey but hesitant to leave and commit fully.

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Mine is in the food & bev space so I figured I’d wait it out until sales picked up given I have a partner working on it FT

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Start building some demonstrable credibility. Prepare a deck on an interesting company. Do some writing. Build a network

Look for experience as early as possible, including pre-mba internship. Join GSB’s venture lab equivalent. Start networking with folks in your desired sector of interest as early as possible

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