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Guy's VCAT

11/30/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Business

Guy Kawasaki's advice is that a position at a VC is to be taken at the end of one's career, not the beginning. This is somewhat reminiscent of thoughts and discussions that I had in my early days in the rocket factory [my second career]. My advice at the time for those pursuing a career in engineering was that one's first position should be as a quality assurance test technician, so they could learn the consequences of poor design; then move into increasingly more responsible engineering design positions, and [if they hadn't moved into project, program or line management] go back to QA, where they could truly apply their experience to improve the product.

Perhaps the same could apply to any career path. For VCs: intern with a VC firm, then get "in the trenches experience" in engineering, sales, entrepreneurial ventures, large and small public companies, taking and making investments, success and failure, and then go for the full-tilt boogie, fly in private jets/expense the greens fee VC position.

And yes, I took the VCAT. I think I need to get Walt Mossberg's number to score higher. &#59;)

Joseph's Score in the VCAT is 34
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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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