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March 7, 2021
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June 28, 2022

Lean on VCs to Help You Pick Startups to Grow Your Career

Dave Fano

Picking startups to grow your career at can be tough, but if you hit it, it can be rewarding in so many ways. What if I told you there were people you could follow that make a living trying to pick successful startups?

Picking startups to grow your career at can be tough, but if you hit it, it can be rewarding in so many ways. What if I told you there were people you could follow that make a living trying to pick successful startups? And you could draft off their choices to inform yours? Well you’re in luck! Because they exist and they are called Venture Capitalists. Had you been following Venrock Ventures in 1978 and liked their approach to investing you might have tried to work at a startup called Apple. For a more recent example, if you told yourself you were going to try and work at YCombinator companies you might have tried to land a job at AirBnB, DoorDash, or DropBox.  

Once you understand the funding stages you can start to identify investors that specialize in each stage. Another great thing about following investors is they tend to have a thesis, and if that thesis aligns with what you want to do in your career, then they have already done much of the sourcing work for you. As an example, if you want to work at a company that has a deep focus on communities and community building, you might want to consider Flybridge Capital Partners. Right on their homepage it says “Seed-stage venture capital for ambitious founders leveraging the power of community.” (Flybridge is an investor in Teal) 

To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of firms to follow by funding stage. There are many many amazing Venture Capital firms so please continue the research on your own beyond this list. 


Firms by stage and companies you might have heard of before: 

(Link are to jobs at portfolio companies if available)


Pre-Seed / Seed


Series A 


Series B


It is important to note that many of these firms invest across all stages. They generally try to focus on one or two stages, but that is always changing as the venture capital landscape is very dynamic. For now we will stop at Series B. In future posts we can explore Series C, D, & beyond.  Each of these lists could easily be 50 firms. If you found this helpful please let us know on twitter @teal_hq 


If you’d like your firm added to the list, please feel free to email us at hello@tealhq.com

Dave Fano

Founder and CEO of Teal, Dave is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience building products & services to help people leverage technology and achieve more with less.

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