Research Lead

Job description

Hi there! We’re Point Nine.

Our mission is to be the partner of choice for early-stage software entrepreneurs. We achieve this by being good people (we say #pointnice) and putting teamwork first.

As VCs, we have the opportunity to interact with people (geniuses) who are reinventing their industries, creating new technologies or finding new (damn smart) business strategies. We want everyone to benefit from these new ideas, so we share them by writing content on our Medium channel or simply on our Twitter accounts.

 

What will you be working on?

  • You’ll lead the development of deep dives (research reports) on new markets, technologies and trends selected in collaboration with the investment team. You’ll do this by reading news articles, the latest research or academic papers, by mining data or by speaking to experts and founders building new companies.
  • The ideal outcomes of this research phase are to:
    • get the investment team up to speed with new, exciting fields
    • publish content on macro trends in the form of blog posts, tweets (or Playplays)
    • find and engage with interesting startups that could lead to an investment
    • expand P9’s network of experts.
  • You’ll also assist us in our due diligence processes, working on ad hoc research projects (e.g., market sizing and competitive analysis) driven by the short-term opportunity to invest in a company.
  • If you happen to find an interesting investment opportunity through your research, you’ll work in collaboration with an investment team member to build a relationship with the entrepreneurs while assessing the opportunity.

 

What’s in it for you?

  •  You’ll play a key role in the team. Macro trends create macro outcomes for us. Understanding them is critical. Our ex-colleague Nico’s post explains it well. If you do a good job, you may be the one finding the next Zendesk or Revolut, and we’ll count on you to build conviction about why it’s a great investment.
  • You’ll have exposure to the startup ecosystem and a great opportunity to build a network.
  • Although you won’t be executing investments yourself, you’ll participate in our weekly investment meetings and be exposed to the day-to-day life of a VC firm. This job won’t lead to a position in the investment team but you’ll have great exposure to the investment team and research is so important that we would be happy to consider making you a Research Partner after a few years in the job” (a.k.a the Benedict Evans of Europe).
  • A competitive salary package
  • Our office in Berlin has fruit and other benefits, but you can work from anywhere with the equipment of your choice.

Requirements

What does the right candidate will look like?

  • You have a passion for identifying and understanding new trends in technology.
  • You have a critical and analytical mind.
  • You’re not afraid to think differently, but can also open a spreadsheet and run a bottom-up market size calculation.
  • You have great writing and communication skills in English. You can convey complex ideas in a simple and engaging way.
  • You’re not afraid to get in touch with people and can build relationships quickly.
  • You have the ability to manipulate databases, APIs, etc.
  • You have 1-3 years of experience doing commercial due diligence in a top tier consulting firm, as an equity analyst in an investment bank or as a research analyst at Gartner, Pitchbook or CBinsights.

 

How do I sign up? 

  • Send us your CV
  • Prepare a “mini study” and attach it to your application:
    • Select one field or industry that you find exciting and explain to us in a one-page document why you think it could be an interesting field to invest in and what macro trends are at play. Please link your sources.
    • Find three interesting early-stage startups within that field and explain to us why they’re interesting. None of them should have raised more than €2 million in funding.
    • Run a bottom-up market size calculation for one of these startups.
    • A good mini-study should be analytical but engaging at the same time.

Good luck!