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Investment Associate

San Francisco
Full-Time
Posted on 
June 20, 2021
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Job Description

Location: San Francisco, New York, or Northern Virginia

Capital One Ventures (COV) is the strategic investment arm of Capital One. We seek to invest and partner with cutting-edge technology startups in order to bring Capital One the latest technology, applications and learnings from innovators and industry experts. We are uniquely positioned at the intersection of Capital One’s business and tech organizations and the startup ecosystem. We continuously survey the market for opportunities that not only result in financial return but drive strategic impact and better experiences for Capital One customers.

COV has team members in San Francisco, New York and the Washington, DC area at Capital One Headquarters (McLean, VA) who work to identify new opportunities in enterprise tech, big data, cybersecurity, identity, payments, fintech and other sectors.

Some of our investments include: Snowflake, ThoughtSpot, Blend, Cylance, Riskified, Dave and Eightfold.

Who we’re looking for:

We seek a highly motivated and energetic Investment Associate to join our team in either San Francisco, CA, New York, or Northern Virginia. As an important member of the investment team, investment associates spend their time on new investment opportunities, portfolio company management, and work with senior management across the company to execute equity investments. This person maintains a deep understanding of enterprise products and services and has a passion for understanding emerging technologies and trends. This team member is an articulate, professional communicator with the ability to share business and industry knowledge at various levels including the most senior leaders at Capital One. Previous experience or a strong interest in working directly with startup companies and understanding the startup world is highly desired.  

The role:

As part of the COV team, you will work to identify new technologies, startups, partners, use cases and technology gaps. You will evaluate the market, perform due diligence on startup solutions, and recommend the right partners to relevant internal stakeholders.  The role is a multi-faceted one and requires well-developed financial, technology, strategic, and interpersonal skill sets.

Your role will be a combination of both external and internal responsibilities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Technology Consulting & Business Development: Work with COV’s portfolio companies to develop a deep understanding of their business, technology and product roadmaps. With this understanding, engage Capital One teams across business and technology functions to develop new use cases and partnership opportunities.
  • Technical Leadership, Communication & Coordination: Develop strong relationships with Capital One business and technology leaders. Help disseminate strategic intelligence and learnings from our venture investing activities throughout Capital One.

External responsibilities include:

  • Investing: Participate in investment sourcing, diligence, evaluation, and execution. Collaborate with a broader investment team to deliver on the core venture investment focus of Capital One Ventures.
  • COV Community Building: Engage with the startup and tech ecosystem to help build relationships with promising CEOs, investors and portfolio companies’ target customers. Help build awareness of Capital One and evangelize the COV brand in order to increase our network of relationships, reputation and deal flow.

Internal responsibilities include:

  • Strategic Communication & Coordination: Develop strong relationships with Capital One business and technology leaders. Understand their strategic priorities, challenges and needs. Serve as a liaison to keep the COV investment team informed of internal priorities, providing ideas and guidance for potential investments. Help disseminate strategic intelligence and learnings from our venture investing activities throughout Capital One.
  • Business Development: Work with COVs portfolio companies to develop a deep understanding of their business, technology, and product roadmaps. With this understanding, engage Capital One teams across and business and technology functions to develop new use cases and partnership opportunities.
  • Due Diligence: Use your understanding of technology, business models and emerging trends to evaluate potential investments and their ability to deliver strategic value to Capital One. Identify relevant internal technical resources and external consultants, and lead the creation of due diligence artifacts on prospective investments within short timelines.

Qualities of Potential Hire include:

  • Significant experience with and deep understanding of technology infrastructure and software, especially in one or more of COVs’ core focus areas: enterprise platforms, software as a service, cloud, big data, cybersecurity, identity, and financial enabling technology
  • Expertise in the evaluation of startups and investment opportunities, including leading due diligence processes
  • Deep knowledge of the financial services industry, including banking, lending and payments
  • Ability to independently design, create, and communicate well-crafted presentations of prescriptive strategies and investment recommendations
  • Knowledge of venture finance, including key metrics, valuation methodologies, capitalization tables, waterfall models, deal structures, and term sheets
  • A track record (professional experience, community organization, writing/blogging, or a personal brand) of passionate involvement in emerging technology
  • Interest in corporate innovation, startups, technology, financial services
  • Significant experience with, prior hands-on experience with product development and deep understanding of technology, especially in areas like big data, analytics, cloud technologies, cybersecurity, identity, etc.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or military experience required
  • At least 3 years of experience in technology, finance or strategy

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field (Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Operations)
  • 5+ years of experience in either technology, finance (investment banking, investing) or strategy (consulting, business strategy)

At this time, Capital One will not sponsor a new applicant for employment authorization for this position.

No agencies please.  Capital One is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, physical and mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status prohibited by applicable national, federal, state or local law. Capital One promotes a drug-free workplace.  Capital One will consider for employment qualified applicants with a criminal history in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable laws regarding criminal background inquiries, including, to the extent applicable, Article 23-A of the New York Correction Law; San Francisco, California Police Code Article 49, Sections 4901-4920; New York City’s Fair Chance Act; Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Act; and other applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding criminal background inquiries.

If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation, please contact Capital One Recruiting at 1-800-304-9102 or via email at RecruitingAccommodation@capitalone.com. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations.

For technical support or questions about Capital One's recruiting process, please send an email to Careers@capitalone.com

Capital One does not provide, endorse nor guarantee and is not liable for third-party products, services, educational tools or other information available through this site.

Capital One Financial is made up of several different entities. Please note that any position posted in Canada is for Capital One Canada, any position posted in the United Kingdom is for Capital One Europe and any position posted in the Philippines is for Capital One Philippines Service Corp. (COPSSC).

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