by Jeffrey S. Koslosky

The final installment of this guide provides more information on what makes a successful venture capitalist.

4. Shrug Off Disappointment
Like anyone involved in any form of business, venture capitalists suffer disappointment. The industry can prove difficult for even the most experienced financiers. But only those who shake away failure and charge ahead to the next big opportunity have the chance to discover the next great product or service. Stay focused and stay positive.

5. Expand Your Network
Who you know often proves more valuable than what you know. Before you became a venture capitalist, you made it a priority to meet other venture capitalists and learn from them. That practice should not stop just because you managed to land a job. Continue expanding your network in order to gain even more wisdom from those who have been in the field far longer than you. Also, you never know when a contact will be vital in helping you secure a huge investment.

6. Study Prospective Industries
When someone comes to you with a request for venture capital, you will not be able to decide whether the opportunity is one you should take unless you possess a clear understanding of the prospective client’s company and goals. What are they proposing? Research the industry thoroughly to become knowledgeable and make informed decisions.

Becoming a Venture Capitalist, Part 1 here


By: Jeffrey Koslosky

I stay quite busy working at Denver, Colorado’s Apis Ventures, where I provide business consulting, manage the company’s real estate holdings, and search for new investment opportunities. Outside of work, I get a great deal of physical activity through coaching local youth soccer, basketball, and football. I also enjoy fishing, camping, and traveling. When I want to relax, I often pick up a book, and I particularly enjoy the works of Cormac McCarthy.

Born in 1933, this American playwright and novelist has penned 10 novels, in genres such as Western, modernist, and Southern Gothic. Perhaps his best-known novel is The Road, for which he won both the Pulitzer Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. Another well-known work of his, No Country for Old Men, which he wrote in 2005, was adapted into a film that won four Academy awards, including Best Picture. In addition, the adaptation won more than 75 other film awards across the globe. His 1992 novel, All the Pretty Horses, garnered him a National Book Critics Circle Award and a National Book Award. Blood Meridian, which he wrote in 1995, appeared on two important lists: Time Magazine’s poll of 100 best English-language books from 1923 to 2005 and The New York Times list of the best American fiction of the last 25 years. Admired by literary critics and other novelists such as Thomas Pynchon, Philip Roth, and Don DeLillo, McCarthy has been discussed as a candidate for the upcoming Nobel Prize in Literature.

The good news for McCarthy fans is that he is currently working on three new novels from his home in Tesuque, New Mexico. McCarthy does not grant many interviews, but he did appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007 to talk about The Road, which Winfrey listed as one of her suggested books. During the interview, McCarthy revealed that he prefers the company of scientists to other writers, and he talked about the poverty he has experienced during his writing career. He stated that he likes “simple declarative sentences” and that he never uses semicolon or quotation marks because he does not think there is a reason to “blot the page up with weird little marks.”

Prior to launching his thriving career in the venture capital and financial services sectors, Jeffrey Koslosky attended Colorado State University. He secured a BS in Economics from Colorado State University in 1987.

Operating from Fort Collins, Colorado State University (CSU) boasts an array of exceptional undergraduate and advanced degree programs. More than 26,000 in-resident students presently engage an array of disciplines across 8 distinct colleges. Though enrollees hail from over 80 countries around the world, nonetheless approximately 81% of Colorado State students count themselves residents of Colorado. Commanding a faculty-to-student ratio of 17-to-1, Colorado State University granted more than 6,070 advanced and undergraduate degrees in 2010 alone.

Colorado State University was founded six years before Colorado officially joined the Union. A land-grant school, Colorado State University remains one of 68 institutions of higher education created through the Morrill Act of 1862. Established in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, the school transitioned to the Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts prior to gaining its current name in 1957. CSU’s inaugural class boasted 19 students. Today, Colorado State University ranks among U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges and Universities.

Colorado State University is situated in Fort Collins, Colorado, honored among Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live in 2010, 2008, and 2006.

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