Director, Technology Venture Investing

Capital One
McLean, Virginia, United States
Jan 22, 2023
Feb 21, 2023
Full Time
Center 1 (19052), United States of America, McLean, Virginia

Director, Technology Venture Investing

Capital One Ventures (COV) is the strategic venture investment arm of Capital One. We seek to invest in and partner with technology startups in order to unlock mutual strategic value and to accelerate Capital One's progress as an innovative technology leader. We are uniquely positioned at the intersection of Capital One's businesses and the startup ecosystem. We continuously survey the market for opportunities that not only result in financial return but drive strategic impact and better experiences for Capital One customers.

The COV team has members in San Francisco, New York and Capital One Headquarters (McLean, VA) who work to identify new opportunities in Enterprise, Data, AI/ML, Cyber, Identity, Payments, Fintech and other strategically relevant areas.

Who we're looking for:

We seek a senior technologist with investment or startup experience who is also skilled in business development to join our team. This person has significant experience in and maintains a deep understanding across the following domains: Enterprise tech, Data and Analytics, AI/ML, Cloud Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, and has a passion for understanding emerging technologies and trends.

The Director will lead various investments and post-investment activities, driving strategic value for our portfolio companies within the Technology Practice (Enterprise, Big Data, Analytics, AI/ML, Cloud technologies, Cyber). In this capacity, you will have the unique opportunity to work with senior leadership across Capital One, along with external entrepreneurs and investors, to identify, partner and invest in strategically relevant, high potential businesses. The role is a multi-faceted one and requires technical, strategic, and people leadership skill sets. You must possess curiosity, vision, optimism, empathy, and rigorous strategic mindset required to assess, shape, and support emerging startups.

Experience influencing technology organizations within large enterprises to drive meaningful strategies is critical. Previous experience as an investor, entrepreneur, or startup advisor is highly desired. This team member is humble, genuine, strategic, articulate, and professional. S/he possesses the deep understanding and versatility to nimbly leap from the nuances of competitive landscape to deep technical topics, as necessary, with the fearlessness to engage comfortably and build strong relationships with partners inside and outside Capital One.

The role:

As part of the COV team, you will be primarily responsible for driving investments and strategic engagement of portfolio companies in the Technology Practice. Your role will be a combination of both internal and external responsibilities. You will work to identify internal use cases, technology gaps and partners, and use this knowledge to search the market, perform technical due diligence on startup solutions, and recommend the right technologies and startups to relevant internal stakeholders and partners.

Responsibilities include:

  • Strategic Technical Leadership and Influence : Develop strong relationships with senior Capital One business and technology leaders. Understand their strategic priorities, challenges and needs and serve as a subject matter expert and thought leader. Provide external innovation perspective to influence internal senior management strategies and product roadmap.
  • Investing: Oversee active investment theses, sourcing, diligence and deal execution within the Technology Practice to contribute to our financial and strategic goals. Collaborate with COV team, Capital One leadership and startup ecosystem to identify, vet, and execute venture investment transactions. Use your understanding of technology, business models and emerging trends to evaluate potential investments and their ability to deliver strategic value to Capital One.
  • Technology Consulting & Business Development: Work with COVs portfolio companies to develop a deep understanding of their business, technology and product roadmaps. With this understanding, engage Capital One teams across business and technology functions to develop new use cases and partnership opportunities.
  • Portfolio success: Responsible for driving strategic engagement with our portfolio companies, facilitating and assisting portfolio companies in driving innovation partnerships across Capital One's business units
  • Community Building: Engage with the startup and tech ecosystem to help build relationships with founders, investors and portfolio companies' target customers. Help build awareness of Capital One and evangelize the COV brand in order to increase our network of relationships, reputation and deal flow.

Qualities of Potential Hire include:
  • Deep understanding of technology and significant experience as an entrepreneur and/or investor in one or more of the following domains: Enterprise, Big Data, Analytics, AI/ML, Cloud technologies, Cyber, Identity
  • Proven track record of driving innovation through investments
  • Passion for working with technology-driven startups
  • Trustworthy, Influencer, Networker
  • Ability to maneuver and drive change in a large organization
  • Hunger to learn about and understand complex technology and business problems, and experience developing and evaluating new business strategies
  • Clear communicator and excellent presenter

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or military experience
  • At least 4 years of experience in a technology role

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or technology
  • 6+ years of experience in a technology role;
  • Experience in business development, professional services, or consulting
  • Start-up or entrepreneurial experience
  • Experience in Venture Capital, or as a startup advisor

At this time, Capital One will not sponsor a new applicant for employment authorization for this position.

Capital One offers a comprehensive, competitive, and inclusive set of health, financial and other benefits that support your total well-being. Learn more at the Capital One Careers website . Eligibility varies based on full or part-time status, exempt or non-exempt status, and management level.

No agencies please. Capital One is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, physical and mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status prohibited by applicable national, federal, state or local law. Capital One promotes a drug-free workplace. Capital One will consider for employment qualified applicants with a criminal history in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable laws regarding criminal background inquiries, including, to the extent applicable, Article 23-A of the New York Correction Law; San Francisco, California Police Code Article 49, Sections 4901-4920; New York City's Fair Chance Act; Philadelphia's Fair Criminal Records Screening Act; and other applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding criminal background inquiries.

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