Primary Venture Partners is looking for a VP of Portfolio Support and Network to join our team!

About Primary Venture Partners

Primary is an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York City, run by Ben Sun and Brad Svrluga, who combined have a 30-year track record as investors and operators in the NYC Tech scene. We primarily invest in two sectors: Next Generation Commerce and SaaS. We focus on startups based in NYC and strive to be the most valuable and trusted partner to our portfolio companies.

Opportunity: VP of Portfolio Support and Network

Since starting Primary Venture Partners, one of our core values has been to “Be the First Call” for the entrepreneurs that we serve. We want to be an incredibly supportive partner who is there to help them with the challenges of running their business. To do so, we have built an array of platform resources that we make available to our companies to help them address a broad range of operational challenges. This includes The Primary Expert Network, which originated last year with the help of Amanda Schutzbank, and now consists of 200+ top operators in NYC willing to provide advice and mentorship to portfolio companies. 

This is an incredible role for someone looking to get their start in venture capital or gain experience that will help them in a leadership role at a start-up. You will work with a number of early stage start up companies on mission critical initiatives. Your focus is to make sure Primary is doing whatever we can to provide operational support across our portfolio. This is NOT an investment position where you are working new deal opportunities. This job is about really understanding the different problems and issues that our portfolio companies face and helping marshal resources from our network to address those challenges.

What will you do as our VP of Portfolio Support and Network?

1. Provide Support to our Portfolio Companies

How do you support them? You will work with our portfolio companies to help them identify their critical operating challenges and then leverage the Primary Expert Network to provide value. Whether it is better using Facebook for marketing acquisition, helping them launch a customer success team for a SaaS business or helping them source key hires, we have Experts who are willing to help. You will be responsible for the continual growth, and ongoing management of the network, and you will manage and moderate advisory sessions between our portfolio and these experts ensuring that it is a great experience for everyone involved.

2. Build and Manage the Primary Expert Network

The Primary Expert Network is now made up of over 200 great operators and technologists in NYC. You will be constantly networking and sourcing talent to join our network. Once in the network, you will be frequently engaging members, whether it be connecting them with our portfolio companies to offer advice and insights, setting up events for them to network with each other or communicating to them updates on what is going on with Primary and the broader tech community.

Do you think you would be an awesome Portfolio Support and Network Director? If so, here’s how your mom should describe you:

  1. You have worked at least 2-3 years at an early stage startup, especially in a product, business development or marketing role at an Ecommerce or SaaS company. What would make you an even better fit is if you also spent some time in a job like investment banking or consulting, because that shows that you have done some broader strategic and industry work.
  2. You love to network. “Connector” is your middle name.
  3. You figure sh*t out and can work independently.   We don’t need to hold your hand to figure out what you have to do next.
  4. You have a real interest in Next Generation Commerce and SaaS and that means more than just having an Amazon Prime account or knowing what SaaS stands for!
  5. You are not an A-hole.  You might be a superstar genius, but if people don’t always refer to you as a “really great person” then you definitely don’t belong here. We need to like you, and so do all of your contacts.

How do you apply? You need to get someone that Amanda, Ben or Brad knows to make an awesome introduction for you. If “Connector” is your middle name, that shouldn’t be hard. Good luck.