Investment Principal – Technical

Link Ventures

Cambridge, MA
Posted on September 5, 2023

Link Ventures is currently seeking a full-time Investment Principal with the opportunity to become a Partner

The Venture Capital Investment Principal will collaborate closely with the rest of the Link Ventures (LV) investment team, and will identify promising investment candidates, develop bottoms-up financial models (IS, BS, CF), and structure venture capital investments. An average day might include evaluating 10 new companies from LV’s algorithmic sourcing tool, reaching out to 5 CEOs to set up introductory calls and product demos, critically reviewing 3 company models from potential investment targets, and summarizing diligence notes from 3 customer calls. A sincere interest in and curiosity about early-stage software entrepreneurship is a must have for this role.


  • Map the AI Academic Ecosystems. With the data team, map and build relationships within the AI academic hubs (e.g. MIT, Harvard, CMU, Berkeley/Stanford, Toronto) with the objective of Link serving as the destination for the best engineering teams coming out of such institutions
  • Source 1,000 – 1,500 software companies of potential investment interest each year using LV’s proprietary data analytics tool, and record findings of interest in LV’s customer relationship management (CRM) tool.
  • Map the product offerings of these startups against the broader competitive landscape, and screen potential investment opportunities via initial calls with company management.
  • Elevate 100+ candidates of interest each year to the principal and managing directors of the fund in the team’s weekly meetings.
  • Handle initial financial statement review, financial modeling, and investment structure analysis for active deals.


  • Manage initial communication with startup company CEOs, CFOs, and senior management to determine whether company progress and scale meets LV targets.
  • Present sourced deal opportunities to the full LV team on a weekly basis, and provide an end-of-week summary regarding sourcing progress.
  • Develop bottoms-up financial models (IS, BS, CF), and structure venture capital investments.
  • Propose investment candidates and conduct detailed investment and financial analysis for the Investment Team’s review.
  • Conduct competitive market and industry research.

Minimum Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have at least 5-1 years of experience,, preferably in a technical, product, marketing, or operations role or at least 2-3 years in venture capital or a related field (investment banking, private equity, management consulting) with a keen interest in early stage software companies.

A large portion of the role involves finding viable investment candidates, building financial models from the bottoms up, intelligently talking to CEOs and “selling” Link’s value add. You should be someone who has the following qualities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant major Seeking MIT engineering undergraduate or MBA graduate ((Economics, Computer Science, etc.) or relevant applicable work experience
  • Preferably, a MIT or Harvard engineering undergraduates with a technical background
  • Experience in engineering, product management, or similar fields
  • Skilled in networking within the MIT community, acting as a navigator
  • Finance background sufficient to parse standard GAAP financial statements
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Professional demeanor. This individual is expected to communicate professionally with software company CEOs, and to represent LV to the broader entrepreneurial and venture capital investment industry
  • Proficient in financial statement analysis and financial modeling and cap table modeling
  • Strong communication skills, trustworthiness, and presentable demeanor
  • Financial acumen for evaluating investment opportunities
  • Able to work in-office Monday-Thursday

Compensation includes base salary paid on a monthly basis with a variable component tied to performance.


Link Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that’s all in on data science and AI. With deep roots in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA, amidst the highest density of data science experts, Link manages over $500M in committed capital with investment categories that include financial services, digital healthcare, e-commerce, payments, media, and cybersecurity.

Led by investors with deep data science founder and operator expertise, Link backs category-leading startups with proven technical competencies. Our portfolio companies leverage large data sets along with machine learning and AI technologies to fuel the future for both businesses and consumers – from improving decision making and operating efficiency, to saving time and money.

The co-founders have more than 50 years of direct venture capital experience and deployed more than $1 billion across 200 companies and generated top decile returns, including multiple unicorn ($1 Billion+) exits.

Investment sectors include, but are not limited to, consumer ecommerce, marketplaces, e-health, enterprise software, business and consumer services, SaaS, storage, enterprise infrastructure, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data analytics.

We’re passionate about partnering with and scaling enduring startups with proven technical teams revolutionizing how we work and live through the power of data, machine learning and AI technologies. These software and internet companies are improving operating efficiency and decision making, as well as saving time and money for both the business world and lives of consumers.

From day one, we lean in with time and dedicated counsel, offering an expert POV, plus direct access to an extended community of trusted industry leaders to help startups scale beyond the seed stage.


  • Experience. We bring shared expertise in data & technology to everything we do, investing in and scaling category leaders transforming the future.
  • Community. We’re rooted in connection and believe in cultivating collective wisdom by bringing experts of industry together.
  • Strategy. Our blueprint consistently propels transformational companies far beyond the seed stage.
  • Partnership. As a team, we’re committed to helping our portfolio companies thrive for the long-term. We believe in the generative power of exceptional teams and are committed to helping our portfolio companies thrive in the long-term
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