Tola Capital

New York, NY, USA
Posted on March 18, 2024

Role: Investor – Vice President

Location: San Francisco/Bay Area or New York City

(Candidate MUST live in either location)

Company: Tola Capital

Overview of Tola Capital

Tola Capital was founded on the principle that how the world will work depends on software and our team is committed to finding and investing in founders to fulfill that vision. Today, our focus is on companies that are reshaping enterprise software leveraging AI and other capabilities. Tola’s culture and business is driven by the diverse lived experiences and strengths of our team, allowing us to add value to our portfolio companies. Tola was founded in 2010 and is based in Seattle, WA. Over the last decade, Tola has invested in 51+ companies with over a dozen successful exits.

Our growing portfolio of early-stage enterprise software companies tackle hard problems in all layers of the stack with a specific focus on AI innovation – from cloud infrastructure to developer tools, to horizontal and verticals apps. Our investments are global as we think great software can be built anywhere and we have backed great founders who are changing industries and ways that software is built, including companies like Clipchamp, Pulumi, and Robin

The Opportunity

We are looking for someone who is a self-starter excited to lead strategic hypothesis brainstorming, product roadmap evaluation, and to meet and work with senior executives at target companies. Candidates have a mix of technical, product, and operational backgrounds in enterprise software. Our unique investment strategy provides a hands-on partnership with our portfolio companies and their founders; and we prioritize passion for, and experience in, the software sector.

Candidates may not necessarily have prior deep knowledge about venture capital, but are excited about B2B technology startups, eager to learn and be mentored to learn the business, have experience working in enterprise software, and are capable of identifying opportunities and engaging with founders.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Tola Capital is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment. We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply, including those with the following qualities as well as those who may not have every one of these, but believe they would be able to thrive in this role. We place great value on personal development and provide support for professional growth. Tola Capital does not discriminate in employment on the basis of any non-merit factors protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws.

What You’ll Do:

Develop investment hypotheses:

  • Research, develop, and articulate views on emerging software trends.
  • Prepare market research and analysis on specific software sectors.
  • Leverage your technical background in the enterprise software industry to contribute to existing hypotheses.

Source investment opportunities:

  • Establish relationships and cultivate a network of entrepreneurs.
  • Analyze operational forecasts and business strategies for active and potential investments.
  • Research and identify high potential enterprise software startups that merit further diligence/meetings.

Evaluate products:

  • Engage with customers to observe patterns/trends for an individual product and across the larger market.
  • Synthesize product solutions, bringing your strong understanding of enterprise software to product evaluations.
  • Evaluate cohort analysis and product key performance indicators.

Evaluate investments opportunities:

  • Perform thorough due diligence, with a focus on product, go-to-market, and financial analysis.
  • Drive valuation analyses to support investment decision-making.

What We are Looking For:

  • Intense curiosity with the ability to form deep convictions on markets and companies– a desire to constantly evolve thinking and engage as a thought partner.
  • Understanding of enterprise software landscape and trends.
  • 4+ years of experience in one of the following roles: at a software company, in venture capital, at an investment bank, or at a consulting firm, with a focus on the enterprise software industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a dynamic, fast paced environment with multiple teams and functions and across multiple projects.
  • Excellent analytical, research, and organizational skills, uncompromising attention to detail.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in one of the following areas: engineering, economics, finance or mathematics
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office suite of tools.

This is a full-time role that will be based in either San Francisco/Bay Area or New York City. The ability and interest to travel is important as we invest globally, and our headquarters is located in Seattle.

Winning together – our culture of partnership begins at home and the concept of “my deal” does not exist. We always consider how to connect with others for a greater shared outcome. This is an opportunity to grow and learn as you build a career in enterprise software investing. You will have direct experience in all parts of the investment process with direct mentorship from the team, learn from the best of the best in our advisor network as well as the existing Tola portfolio, and invest in your career in VC.

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