I was reading this morning that Matrix Partners has brought on a new partner. Jared Fliesler is all of 28 years old, but has already held down senior roles at Square and Slide / Google. Impressive stuff. I’m sure the guy is brilliant, but I think 28 is just too young to be a partner in a venture fund.
Have you ever seen a sports coach that is younger than the players? Me neither. And that’s the right analogy here. The best VCs act as trusted advisors, mentors and connectors. To do that you need to have been around a lot, seen a lot (of successes and failures) and know a LOT of people.
Also, no matter how brilliant or overachieving you might be (lord knows I have met many people who accomplished way more than me before they hit 30), there’s a certain perspective that comes with age. Perhaps its the humility that comes from changing diapers, or maybe it’s purely a function of time. All I know is that in my 20s, I thought I knew everything. I was wrong.
Finally, the World doesn’t need another VC. We are in dire need of people who know how to operate and are still young and driven enough to do that. That’s a separate point I suppose.
Anyway, maybe I’m just getting old, but I would not take money from a 28 year old VC. Would you?