I Quit Venture Capital to Be a Full Time Coder & Entrepreneur

July 10, 2013 — 2 Comments

A lot of people have been asking me why I am leaving the venture capital world to begin a difficult and uncertain life as an entrepreneur.  It’s simple – I want to make awesome stuff.  I taught myself the basics of coding and was accepted into Hack Reactor, a coding bootcamp that runs 6 days per week and ~12 hours per day.

There are many reasons that I chose Hack Reactor over other bootcamps and a brief discussion of this topic is available on Quora.  The instructors were senior engineers at companies like Twitter and Google and are focused on teaching emerging web browser languages (javascript, jQuery, node, coffeescript, etc).  Most graduates become software engineers at leading tech companies and they have a near 100% placement rate.  Hack Reactor made headlines recently when a few current students set a world record for an algorithmmic challenge called the N-Queens problem.

I want to point out that Venture Capitalists are an essential component of the startup ecosystem and my departure from VC is due to the fact that I want to be a builder.  Without Venture Capitalists, early stage founders would have a much more difficult time raising funds, exits would be far fewer, and many of the most interesting tech companies would likely never have existed.

2 responses to I Quit Venture Capital to Be a Full Time Coder & Entrepreneur

    Phill Moorman July 10, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Good post. I’ve always been interested in learning more about the VC side of things; I looked forward to your future posts. I’ve also been flirting with the idea of learning the basics of coding in my spare time, may I ask which resources you’ve used?


      Phill, there are a ton of resources available these days and everyone has a unique path. I personally went through a ‘code year’ at codecademy.com to begin and have been doing codeschool.com as I’ve gotten a bit more advanced. Nothing beats having your own project and brute force figuring out how to get it to work. Never underestimate the power of googling for solutions. Quora and Stack Overflow are also terrific resources. Happy to talk more one-on-one with you if you shoot me an email.

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