Want to Start an Investment Company? Go it Alone First.

My goal is to start an investment and holdings company. I am interested in focusing on venture capital, growth capital and asset management. How do I obtain the necessary training and knowledge of the industry?
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My first reaction here is to ask if you have any background in the industry. One option is to invest for your own account, develop a successful track record in so doing, and then with that track record in hand seek out investors for your fund or holding company. Another alternative is to obtain a position at an investment bank or investment fund and work your way up, gaining experience the old-fashioned way. This progression will be slow but mentorship from those who have done it before and can show you the ropes will be invaluable.

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