Mallory West, Co-Founder at Hunter SF, on What Venture Firms Look For in Candidates
This week I'm joined by Mallory West from Hunter SF, a San Francisco-based group focused on recruiting top-level talent into venture capital firms.
In this episode, we take a dive into the recruiting process for VC, and cover off:
- What makes an ideal candidate for venture?
- Do candidates from "non-traditional" background have a chance?
- Advice for aspiring graduates looking for a VC career
Mallory's go-to books on career advice:
- You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
- Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
- What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Nelson Bolles
Mallory is Partner and Co-Founder of Hunter SF where her team recruits for top Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds & Investment Banks as well as Fortune 100 companies & early stage start-ups who are looking to grow their finance teams.
Prior to recruitment, Mallory was a political finance consultant where she has successfully raised capital for political campaigns ranging from gubernatorial, congressional, state legislative races and PAC's. Mallory led efforts to achieve record-breaking fundraising goals for many of the nation’s top targeted Congressional races.
After five years in the political arena, Mallory aimed to combine her political network with her finance contacts and made a seamless transition into financial recruitment. She has enjoyed it ever since, thus bringing her to co-found Hunter SF.
Originally from a small town above Lake Tahoe - Graeagle, California, Mallory earned a Bachelor of Arts from UC Santa Barbara majoring in Sociology and History and attended the Universita degli Studi di Siena in Italy.
Mallory is actively involved with non-profit organizations and in her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, Pilates, fundraising, consulting and spending time with family and friends.